How to restrict the sale of cats and dogs?
The internet and the world, in general, is slowly become a perilous and unforgiving place for our animals to live. Many fraudsters lurk in the shadows, posing as legitimate and responsible buyers and sellers of dogs and cats, while secretly fueling their ulterior motives based on animal cruelty. This has been a significant problem around the world, and several laws and policies have been put in place to curb this malignant problem while there's still time. In this article, we seek to discuss some of the methods that can be used to restrict the sale of dogs and cats.
Restricting Pet Stores
Many unsuspecting animal lovers will walk into pet stores and take home a dog or cat, oblivious of where the pet was acquired. Some pet stores get these pets from mills, where the focus is mostly on profit maximization rather than the animal's well being. In Mississauga and Toronto, Canada, a bylaw was passed, requiring that all pet store owners should acquire the pets only from registered shelters, humane societies and rescue groups. This bylaw was a follow up on the pet mills crackdown. Most mills operate illegally and keep the animals in overpopulated and unsanitary conditions.
Regulating the Online Market
Most people will argue that the crackdown on pet mills drove most sellers online. Most of this fraudsters will not allow the buyers to visit their property before the sale and this should be a red flag. This is why the UK government is contemplating passing a law that bars anyone from buying a pet without having met them in person. Also, websites such as Gumtree now require that any advertisement for pet sale should be accompanied with the full microchip number of the pet, failure to which the ad will be removed, according to the Department of Primary Industries in Victoria. The sellers are also required to take their pets to the vet for a checkup and vaccination before they can post them for sale. In South Australia, a breeder registration number is required at the point of sale to make room for more responsible and legitimate breeders, and lock the fraudsters out.
Setting Higher Standards for Pet Ownership
Many countries across the world have vigorously tightened the rope in matters concerning dog ownership. In Turkey, for example, potential pet owners are required to undergo thorough training, after which they will receive a certificate to warrant their eligibility. This is according to the Animal Rights bill, which also ensures that all owners should meet other minimal conditions to facilitate their pet's general well-being. Sweden's board of agriculture provides clear guidelines on how to handle both outdoor and indoor pets, with adequate access to sunlight being a major factor. In Victoria, pet owners are legally mandated to prioritize their pet's welfare by frequently calling on the vet. Such strict regulations have significantly cut down the number of irresponsible owners, with many afraid to face legal penalties.
Pet cruelty is and has been a menace for a long time. The government, together with other animal lovers and owners, should work together to curb the rising number of cruelty cases, illegal animal trade, and mismanagement of animal facilities, to protect the pets' well-being.