Candice Chandler, Global Animal
A proposal to ban the sale of puppies in pet stores received popular attention at a Huntington Beach City Council Meeting on March 19. The proposal put forth by Council Member Joe Carchio emphasized the need to end the sale of puppies since most originate from inhumane “puppy mills.” Along with Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and Irvine, Huntington Beach officials have approved the new ban. With the votes 6 to 1, the motion to begin drafting an official ordinance has begun. The ordinance banning sales will be voted on at another meeting.
Puppy farming is a cruel and inhumane practice of breeding large amounts of puppies while keeping them locked together in stack, metal cages. Without adequate living areas, puppies from farms have problems with the pads of their feet, illness, and psychological damage. Documentation of puppies living in these deplorable conditions is what prompted Council Member Carchio to propose a solution to the problem.
“This is no different than the abuse of children. Animals don’t have anyone to speak for them,” Carchio said in support of his proposal. With applause from the audience, Council Member Joe Shaw also spoke in favor of the new ban.
Mayor of Huntington Beach Dan Hansen and Mayor Pro Tem Devin Dwyer dissented Carchio. Dwyer wanted to tell the business owers of the two pet stores in Huntington Beach of the proposal, emphasizing that they too need notification of the proposal. Although some council members questioned Carchio’s goal, the ban passed.
Ending the sale of puppies will not only kill business for puppy mills, it will drive more people to adopt. The amount of animals euthanized from 2012-2011 in Huntington Beach was a staggering 15,265. Rather than letting these healthy, loving animals die, the community has chosen to start saving them.
Members from different animal organizations were present to speak their share about the ban, and all were in favor. From the Humane Society, the No Kill Animal Rescue, and Best Friends Animal Society, all had many dedicated animal lovers show up to make sure the ban passed.
Elizabeth Oreck from Best Friends Animal Society said, “Puppy farms cut corners to keep expenses low and profit high. It makes no sense to continue manufacturing pets when there are animals in rescue organizations to adopt.”
The passing of the ban of puppy sales in Huntington Beach reinforces its reputation for being a pet-friendly city. With the award-winning Dog Beach and dog parks, this O.C. city is joining others to fight against cruelty to animals. Not only will it benefit abused puppies, it will also aid hundreds of abandoned animals in shelters across Huntington Beach.