Potential ban on pet shops troubles citizens

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Potential ban on pet shops troubles citizens

Aneri Upadhyay, Staff Writer

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Pets are a beloved household staple, part of one’s everyday life. They teach children responsibility and end up building connections with humans. What would you do if that was taken away from you? That is what is happening in National City, California.

The leaders in the city wanted to ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits from pet shops. Many people are protesting the potential ban, exclaiming that they deserve a choice. However all of the council members of the town, besides one, are strongly associated with the position of banning pet shops.

According to people who agree with the ban, the problem stems from the animals’ origins. This ban, originally dated for October, has hence been postponed due to a lawsuit. This is because the law would cause many companies to either change their model or close, deeming the ban as “anti-business” and “anti-choice”. The person who issued the lawsuit has also collected signatures to support this cause.

The council members supporting the ban refute these claims of being against choice and businesses by reinstating their end goal in the ban. Rather than hurting their citizens, they want to make sure that there is no animal abuse in pet shops and that these animals are not being treated cruelly.