Richmond city council is poised to become the first jurisdiction in Canada to ban the sale of puppies in pet stores.
The BCSPCA has lobbied for this because they believe it will help in the fight against puppy mills and cut down on the excess of dogs who end up abandoned and euthanized.
Pet stores opposes it because they say they're not the problem.
Puppy Ban - SPCA/Store Owner
Shih Tzus. Chihuahuas. Baby huskies. Fuzzy little golden retrievers. Those are some of the unbearably cute puppies for sale at Pet Habitat in Richmond, BC. And if Richmond's City Council gets its way, they'll be among the last the store ever carries. Tomorrow, the council is expected to give preliminary approval to a bylaw amendment that would ban the sale of dogs in Richmond's pet shops. The ban - which would take effect in the Spring - would be the first of its kind in Canada. And the B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has been lobbying hard to get it passed. Kristin Bryson is a prosecutor and a member of the SPCA's volunteer board. She was in Vancouver.
Kristin Bryson is a prosecutor in Vancouver and a member of the SPCA's volunteer board.
Of course, not everyone is as happy about this ban as she is. Ernest Ang has owned Pet Habitat in Richmond for 31 years. He was in Vancouver as well.
Puppy Ban - Albuquerque Council
Several cities in the United States have already banned the retailing of cats and dogs. Sally Mayer was the councillor who led the charge in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She's now a constituent service liaison in the Albuquerque Mayor's office. And she was in Albuquerque.
Puppy Ban - Pet IndustryHere in Canada, the proposed ban in Richmond is being watched closely. Louis McCann is the executive director of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council of Canada. He was in Ottawa for the show.
LAST WORDWe left you with a preview of something you can hear on tomorrow's program. It's a documentary by The Current's Kristin Nelson. It's called "The Perfect Martini." And it's about the friendship between 50-something Steven Bickerstaffe and 100-something Minnie McCurdy. Actually, she's 103. Their friendship has been going on for three decades now. And it's showing no sign of slowing down.