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San Francisco Keen to Ban the Buying and Selling of Furry Pets

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What began as an effort to dissuade the proliferation of kitten and puppy mills has now extended to a broadstroke cross-the-board ban on buying or selling of furry pets in San Francisco. Yes, that's right, the city that banned plastic bags is now on the verge of banning the sale of furry pets.

If the ban were to be passed, cats, dogs, rodents (including hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, and mice), and all birds (including parakeets, cockatiels, and finches) would not be able to be bought as pets within San Francisco's city limits. Snakes and lizards—those would be okay.

What exactly does San Fran have against hamsters and parrots? Turns out that hamsters are euthanized at a greater rate in San Francisco than any other animal. As for birds: "Birds are extremely intelligent and emotional," Elizabeth Young, a volunteer with Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue, told the local animal commission. "All kept birds, no matter what kind, suffer horribly when not taken care of well."

The sale of rabbits and chicks has been illegal in San Francisco for more than 30 years.
· Fur and feathers fly as San Francisco weighs ban on pet sales [LAT]
· San Francisco considers ban on almost all pet sales [Consumerist]