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December 13, 2011

HSI Canada Applauds Rosemont-La Petite Patrie, Montreal’s First Borough to Ban the Sale of Animals in Pet Stores

Humane Society International/Canada

  • HSI is working to stop puppy mills. Kim Alboum/The HSUS

MONTRÉAL—Humane Society International/Canada applauds the decision by Rosemont-La Petite Patrie, a Montreal borough, to promote shelter adoptions and stop substandard commercial breeding operations by prohibiting the sale of animals in all new pet stores. The bylaw comes as HSI Canada finalizes the adoption of more than 600 dogs and puppies, following their historic rescue from Canada’s largest commercial dog breeding facility, which recently pled guilty to multiple infractions of the provincial animal welfare law.

“Quebec remains a centre for unethical commercial breeders because of our inadequate animal protection laws, while about 50,000 dogs and cats are abandoned every year in Montreal alone,” said Lauren Scott, campaigner for Humane Society International/Canada. “Bans on retail sales of cats and dogs are a crucial step in saving abandoned animals and countering puppy and kitten mills by promoting shelter adoptions.”

Last week, the borough’s Council became the first in Montreal to pass a bylaw to ban retail pet sales, including dogs and cats, in all new stores. The Rosemont-La Petite Patrie ban follows a similar prohibition in Richmond, British Columbia that occurred in 2010. Earlier this year, the City of Toronto also prohibited pet store sales of commercially-raised dogs and cats, only allowing pet stores to sell animals obtained from animal shelters in the province.

HSI Canada urges other Montreal boroughs to follow Rosemont-La Petite Patrie’s lead by banning retail pet sales and calls on the public to adopt deserving dogs and cats from shelters and give these animals a much-needed second chance.

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Humane Society International/Canada is a leading force for animal protection, representing tens of thousands of members and constituents across the country. HSI Canada has active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammal preservation and farm animal welfare. HSI Canada is proud to be a part of Humane Society International—one of the largest animal protection organizations in the world, with more than 11 million members and constituents globally. On the Web at hsicanada.ca.

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