I used to live in San Francisco and, in addition to the burritos, one of the things I miss most (did I mention the burritos?) is the degree of civic involvement and the public’s willingness to take on cutting edge issues. To whit: the city is considering banning the sale of all companion animals except for fish. That’s right, hamsters, rabbits, lizards, guinea pigs — everything. Those wanting pets would have to either adopt or go out of the city to buy.
The scope of the proposed ban addresses the fact that the problem is far broader than the by now familiar gruesome reality of puppy and kitten mills. Small companion animals like guinea pigs and hamsters crowd the city’s shelters after their purchasers tire of caring for them. Once at the shelter, the road to euthanization is straight and swift.
This proposed ban is quite the thing and, as you can imagine, the recent hearing before the City’s Commission of Animal Control and Welfare was well attended and contentious. The Commission, which had hoped to vote on the measure that evening, took note of the degree of public interest and involvement and postponed the vote for at least a month.
Should the Commission approve the measure, it would then need sponsors on the Board of Supervisors. It would also need to survive a full vote of the Board and pass legal muster with the City Attorney. The process will be a gauntlet and will take a while but if all goes well, like a good burrito, it will be worth the wait.
h/t: Bridget Crawford
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