City of Victoria Bans Commercial Sale of Cats, Dogs, and Rabbits

British Columbia’s Victoria City Council has banned the sale of cats, dogs, and rabbits in pet stores in an “Animal Responsibility Amendment Bylaw.” This is a largely symbolic gesture, as the City only has one pet store, and the store does not sell cats, dogs, or rabbits. Council members emphasized the City’s intention to cut down on impulse buying of companion animals. The bylaw will not affect animals being adopted through recognized adoption and rescue agencies that promote responsible pet ownership, and it does not apply to online sales of these animals or breeder sales. The City will urge other municipalities to adopt similar bylaws. Read more here.