Naperville Outlaws Pet Stores From Selling Commercially Bred Dogs, Cats By Slim 5-4 Vote

Last night, the Naperville City Council voted to ban the sale of commercially bred animals. Many people are celebrating the bill, but others say it won’t really help the problem that everyone is working to fix.

Click here to read the entire ordinance, but here’s the gist:

1.) Restrictions on the Sale of Dogs and Cats

A pet shop operator may offer for sale only dogs and cats that the pet shop operator has obtained from or displays in cooperation with (A) A duly incorporated humane society, animal welfare society or other nonprofit organization whose purpose is to provide for and promote the welfare, protection and humane treatment of animals or (B) An animal rescue organization (as defined in the ordinance)

It only passed with a 5-4 vote though. That doesn’t mean that the councilmembers who voted against the ordinance are against ethical treatment of animals. Of course they want the best for the dogs and cats. However, as Mayor Chirico pointed out, there are some issues with how the ordinance addresses the problem that everyone is working to fix.

If you support this ordinance, you should at least hear what the dissenting side has to say.

I’d love to get your opinion on this. Is this the right way to fix the puppy mill problem?

Here’s the video of the meeting if you’d really like to dive deep!