Friday, July 9, 2010

Be Careful What You Wish For

This article out of San Francisco has come across my radar screen in several formats over the past few weeks.

It is a story regarding the proposed ban of all pets in pet stores except fish. Sounds great - for about thirty seconds. Don't get me wrong - I'm all for enforceable regulations that provide for the humane treatment of animals in pet stores and in the places where they are produced. And I don't see a need to sell kittens and puppies in pet stores. We need responsible breeders for that, plus there is still plenty in most of the shelters in this country.

But do we really want our children to grow up without the opportunity to have a small pet to care for? How will they learn compassion and responsibility? My sisters and I had guinea pigs when we were growing up. There are a lot of lessons to be learned (with parental oversight of course) from caring and coping with small pets.

A budding young starlet with her precious piggy,
 Pumpkin enjoy a sunny outing - 1967.

Remember... for every action there is a reaction.  And banning small pets now may mean there will be less homes for large pets in the next generation.

1 comment:

  1. I agree that regulated pet stores may be better than getting rid of all of them. People raise dogs and cats in poor conditions in their homes, barns, outbuildings, etc. and it may be more difficult to regulate them than a store.

    The fish could use some regulations as well. Those fighting fish they sell in small containers like plastic drinking glasses look pretty dismal. They are tropical too, so hate to think about the trip for them to reach store shelves.