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LA Bans Pet Stores from Selling Bred Cats, Dogs, and Rabbits

The Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 to make permanent a temporary ban on the pet store sale of commercially bred cats, dogs and rabbits.

A temporary ban on the sale of commercially bred cats, dogs and rabbits at pet stores in Los Angeles will be made permanent, with the Los Angeles City Council voting today to remove the prohibition's sunset date.

The ban went into effect in 2013 and was set to end June 30. The sunset was included as a way out in the event the policy proved too economically disruptive for pet stores.

The council voted 12-0 to amend the ordinance to take out the sunset date and make the law permanent. Supporters of the ban say the law has proven successful, with more pet stores hosting adoption events for animals from shelter and rescue groups, and relying on the purchase of pet supplies to make money.

The ban was put in place in response to a push from activists who say it is inhumane to breed and sell cats, dogs and other animals. The limiting of such practices is also aimed at reducing the number of strays.

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