SAN FRANCISCO, July 8 (UPI) -- The San Francisco Commission of Animal Control and Welfare is considering banning the retail sale of all "companion animals" except fish.
San Franciscans would still be able to own pets if the proposal becomes law, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. But they would have to seek an out-of-town store, go to a shelter or rescue organization, or arrange a private purchase.
The commission was scheduled to hold a hearing on the ordinance Thursday. It would have to be approved by the Board of Supervisors.
"People buy small animals all the time as an impulse buy, don't know what they're getting into, and the animals end up at the shelter and often are euthanized," Chairwoman Sally Stephens told the Chronicle. "That's what we'd like to stop."
Pet store owners and managers are not happy. Pet Central has been selling animals in the city for three decades.
"It's terrible. A pet store that can't sell pets? It's ridiculous," John Chan, the manager, said. "We'd have to close."