SF delays proposal to ban small pet sales

August 13, 2010 10:24:39 AM PDT
San Francisco has delayed a proposal to ban the sale of small animals for five months while officials look at alternatives.

The Animal Control and Welfare Commission is considering making it illegal to sell dogs, cats, other small mammals, and birds.

Supporters of the ban say the city needs to help curb the demand for animals from breeding mills and encourage adoption.

Pet store owners insist the ban is wrongly aimed at them. One potential compromise idea is requiring pet owners to be take a course and be certified before they can purchase a pet.