Should we say goodbye to puppy mills?

May 24, 2011

More than 56,000 dogs and cats were impounded in Los Angeles last year, one of the highest years on record, and many worry that this year could be worse. One Los Angeles councilman is proposing a solution. Councilman Paul Koretz wants to ban large-scale commercial animal mills that breed dogs, cats, chickens and rabbits. The goal is to promote the adoption of animals in shelters rather than allow commercial breeding that officials and animals rights groups say add to the cities' over population problem. The councilman wants the city to investigate ways to create stronger bonds between pet stores and animal shelters so that unwanted animals can find homes and to put a stop to mills that raise puppies and kittens in unsanitary and overcrowded conditions. Will this plan be effective in curbing the animal over population problem? Will it make finding a breed more difficult and tempt consumers to buy illegally, or from mills out of state?

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