Cambridge, MA City Council members are in the middle of deciding whether to pass an amendment to Title 6, which will work to continue to ban on the sale of animals. Since late June, PIJAC has been working to push industry professionals and the public alike to vote "NO" on the amending of Title 6, arguing that doing so will protect animal welfare, consumer freedoms, and local businesses.
On August 14, 2016, Petco Senior VP of Merchandising Rebecca Frechette released a letter to their partnered vendors expressing their growing concern of the continuous pet sale bans, specifically in Cambridge, MA. In the letter it is expressed that:
"The ordinance currently being considered by the Cambridge City Council would make it illegal to sell any companion animal, except fish, that come from any source but a shelter or rescue. This ban would not only eliminate the need for animals in the city but it would also eliminate the need for small animal, avian and reptile consumables and supplies in the city of Cambridge."
There is a very limited supply of animals available for adoption in the surrounding area, which means that anyone looking for a new companion animal will be very unlikely to find the kind they are looking for.
How can you help?
- Visit PIJAC's website and take two minutes to fill out a form asking the members of Cambridge, MA City Council to vote NO on amending Title 6
- Share this message to your family, friends, loved ones, and anyone who cares about pets.
Additionally, feel free to educate yourself on topics surrounding this controversy.
WHAT'S THE POINT?
Our goal for publishing these articles is ultimately to educate the pet industry about the truths of selling animals, through breeders, in pet stores. As an industry, we need to unite as a solid front and fight the attempts to ban the regulated sale of pets in pet stores across the United States, and ultimately, the world.
We plan on continuing our mission to spread the message that there are actual animal welfare benefits to adopting pets from a pet store. Additionally, we firmly believe there's a difference between "backyard breeders" (puppy mills, which are very bad), and "professional breeders" (the ones with animal welfare at the top of mind).
The next series of articles, to be published over the coming weeks, will hopefully help you see our side of the story. We want to do what we can to support pet stores because without pets, there won't be a pet industry.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ashley Hoffman – E-Commerce & Digital Marketing Manager joined the All Points family in April of 2015. Ashley brings a fresh outlook to the marketing industry as well as a constant desire for learning something new. She is dedicated to consistently improving her skills and efficiency in the marketing industry and using those skills to promote APM and all brands we represent. Ashley has grown up with many animals throughout her life and is currently the loving owner of two cats.
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