One small step for animal, one huge step for animal kind!

Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft is set to officially introduce an ordinance that will ban the selling of dogs, cats, rabbits, and pigs – today! A noble crusade indeed.

However, not all has been smooth sailing. Multiple pet stores, such as Puppy World and the Puppy Palace, have started petitions in response to the proposed regulation. The move has been a subject of great controversy since it was first suggested in June. Many businesses have submitted impact statements, citing reasons the ordinance would harm their businesses, according to Fox 5.

Kayleen Olsen, manager of the Puppy Town in Las Vegas, said to the Nevada Current the ordinance could hurt a lot of small, family-owned businesses.

“I can only speak for our store and say that we actually do care about our puppies and we actually do our research on these breeders that we buy from around the nation.” Olsen told the Nevada Current.

According to the proposal, “Dealers, operators and retailers must obtain a business license and must designate all information required by the Nevada Revised Statutes, including where the animal has been purchased.”

This potential ban would include pet stores and swap meets. If you’re worried about your favorite pet stores going out of business, though, stay calm! The ordinance would require a business impact study before moving forward.

If passed, the proposal would give businesses a year to stop selling the aforementioned animals.

“There is no humane way to breed pets for pet store sales. We’re also in an emergency situation at our shelters with overcrowding,” Naft told KNPR back in June.

Naft introduced this ordinance with the goal of ending puppy mills. This is the “common-sense” approach, he said to Fox 5. We could hear the final decision in a couple weeks!

This move comes after a number of states and municipalities, including Clark County’s own Mesquite and North Las Vegas, passed similar bans. This new proposal would extend the ban to all pet stores in the county.

Whatever the outcome, we hope it all works out.

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