Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Regulations for the Inspection of Pet Shops Selling Dogs or Cats [2 VAC 5 ‑ 105]
Action Promulgate regulation required by Chapter 1284 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 12/23/2022
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12/22/22  10:01 am
Commenter: JenniferRose Bryant - Volunteer with the Animal Welfare League of NN of VA

Let’s Keep Getting Better

Throughout history, we have slowly but surely, morally and ethically evolved re:the treatment of vulnerable beings. From humans beings being enslaved, exploited and so many other crimes against the most vulnerable of us to dogs/cats being more like pests than pets, invisible, pushed aside, and even hurt - we’ve come such a long way in our moral & ethical evolution. Today we treat each other much better and largely consider dogs and cats to be family; common thread between then and now is that we’ve made a concerted effort to keep getting better. Long ago, treating animals like pests was commonplace, but we got better. The idea of the iconic and cute pet shop selling puppies and kittens is archaic & belongs in the past. With shelters at max capacity and euthanasia rates out of control, the reality behind the puppies & kittens in pets stores is not so cute. No matter how the idea is packaged, individuals as well as pet stores that are selling dogs and cats for the purpose of profit are exploiting life and essentially, peddling flesh. Let’s keep evolving morally and ethically and end this outdated practice that directly contradicts the animal welfare mission. 

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