San Antonio, HSUS, animal rights, pet store, retail sales small business


The City of San Antonio, Texas is proposing an ordinance (Agenda Item Number 20-6042)  that would ban the retail sale of dogs and cats in pet stores. 

The City of San Antonio's City Council is considering an ordinance to ban the retail sale of dogs and cats. This is a misguided attempt to violate consumer's rights to make the best choices for their families while harming small business owners in San Antonio and beyond. 

San Antonio's retail pet sale ban ordinance (20-6042) bans the sale of purpose bred, healthy, sound puppies and kittens with a paper trail back to the breeder in favor of animals sourced from facilities with little to no oversight or regulatory burden. Furthermore, it would violate the right of private businesses to source the best and most reliable companion animals to offer to their customers.

This proposed ordinance mandates the sale of dogs and cats sourced from rescue/shelters in pet stores, putting public health and safety at risk. 

  • Dogs/cats sourced from unregulated rescue/shelters are linked to countless dog bites in both children and adults.

This proposed ordinance will destroy jobs and revenue for the City of San Antonio, while putting the health and safety of local consumers and citizens at risk by forcing them to obtain a shelter pet with questionable health and temperament and no traceable history as to where the animal came from and what issues might be associated with the animal.

  • Mandating that pet stores provide animals from UNREGULATED sources while banning the sale of animals from licensed, inspected, regulated breeders is irresponsible and an insurance nightmare just waiting to happen. Typically, shelters and rescues do not carry general liability insurance to protect consumers. 
  • Pet stores are accountable, traceable sources for pets, and are legitimate businesses, which are self-sustained and bring a steady stream of tax revenue to the state of Texas. 
  • Pet stores provide veterinarian inspected, healthy puppies and kittens from licensed, regulated breeders. 
  • Pet stores also provide a health guarantee to each new owner. 
  • Pet stores provide veterinary care and consumer protection; pet stores help inform consumers to find the best breed to fit their lifestyle and family, pet store visits ensure compatibility with the prospective pet, and pet stores rely on customer satisfaction. 

This proposed ordinance is written with a clear bias against pet stores, breeders, AND consumers with the desire to put  animal-related businesses out of business because they do not align with the ideology of the Katie Jarl, the regional director of the Humane Society of the United States a radical animal rights group who is behind this ordinance.

Law makers banning the sale of animals in pet stores is unconstitutional, an attack on the free market, consumer choice, and small business owners.

Please click the tab below and customize the boilerplate letter to make it your own and urge the Members of the San Antonio City Council to OPPOSE this ordinance to ban the retail sale of dogs and cats.

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