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I agree that dogs, cats and probably rabbits shouldn't be sold through pet stores or bred indiscriminately by puppy mill type breeders.
With birds, I think you need to make a distinction between small cage birds and the large hook bills. I know of a few shops that specialize in birds, do a wonderful job with them, sell only top quality stock and work hard to educate their clientel.
Parakeets, canaries and many finches happily live their entire lives in reasonable-sized cages. I have no problem with these smaller birds being sold in pet stores. On the other hand, many people take on a young parrot without giving full thought to the enormous life spans of these birds nor do they take into consideration the ENORMOUS amount of training, time and effort that must be put into keeping these tremendously intelligent animals socialized and mentally stable under home conditions. Nor do they fully realize the noise and mess they make.(they are a MUCH bigger commitment than a dog or cat!!!), Like dogs and cats, many parrots end up either in shelters, or being sold to owner after owner, living lives locked in too-small cages and dying an early death.
However, to say that pet stores shouldn't be able to sell any live animals goes too far. I see absolutely nothing wrong with selling small cage mammals, that can be properly and comfortably housed and care for under retail conditions through pet stores. These same animals (mostly small rodents) are a wonderful introduction to the world of pets and nature for many children. I would much rather see the breeding of these animals take place under controlled conditions than in most pet homes.
Rodents breed like, well, rodents. Pet owners will find themselves quickly swamped with numbers of rats and mice, and hamsters have the disturbing habits of kill mates and eating young if not handled knowledgeably through the breeding process.
Then you get into reptiles and fish and other aquarium fauna. Those are animals too. Is this ordinance aiming at stopping the sale of all aquatic life as well? What about corals? What about live food like crickets, meal worms, brine shrimp and black worms? They are all animals too.
I guess I hate poorly designed, poorly thought-out legislation, even if the original intent was good.
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