Should the Sale of Puppies and Kittens in Stores Be Banned?


Nearly 45,000 dogs are euthanised each year in Aussie shelters and pounds. While plenty of people opt for rescuing and adopting pets over purchasing them from a pet store, it’s still a popular way of buying a puppy or kitten. Last year Victoria started to put into place new legislation meaning only rescue cats and dogs could be purchased from operating pet stores. Do you think this should become a nation-wide policy LiveTribers? Should the sale of puppies and kittens in pet stores be banned?

Posted by on 05 Feb 2019

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    Chad

    I think it should be outlawed

    Posted by Chad on 20 Feb 2019

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    Kim

    Well if the puppies and kittens are getting treated well and kept clean why not let them be sold in shops but sometimes there prices are ridiculous

    Posted by Kim on 16 Feb 2019

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    Kerry

    Most definitely. Also animals should be compulsory. I cannot see an alternative to the situation.

    Posted by Kerry on 14 Feb 2019

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    Kerry

    Oops, sorry I meant to say desexing do animals should be compulsory

    Posted by Kerry on 14 Feb 2019

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    Valerie

    Yes I do, although a lot of people don't know where to buy a puppy, perhaps Pet shops should advertise each States Kennel Control site. Unfortunately if there is a ban, there will always be someone who gets around it. If pet shops have to sell puppies and kittens, there should be someway to force them to only sell desexed animals. (In a perfect world, I'm afraid)

    Posted by Valerie on 11 Feb 2019

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    Allison

    Yes but it’s hard isn’t it I have a friend whose cat has had 6 or more litters, every time they tell me I feel down another 6 forever homes? Shake my head and say why, there aren’t 6 forever himes

    Posted by Allison on 11 Feb 2019

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    Mrsbear27

    Definitely to stop puppy farming unless sourcing from Erica or pounds or lost dogs homes under their supervision

    Posted by Mrsbear27 on 11 Feb 2019

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    musicveg

    Yes definitely and we have to stop online places (like gumtree and facebook) allowing advertising of pet sales too, too many people are breeding for cash. You should be fined for allowing your pets to breed. Registered breeders also need to be monitored regularly to make sure they are doing the right thing although personally I wish they were banned too.

    Posted by musicveg on 11 Feb 2019

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    jodie737

    Yes. Yes. Oh and did I say YES!

    Posted by jodie737 on 11 Feb 2019

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    MARGARET

    Yes no puppies or kittens in pet shops.

    Posted by MARGARET on 10 Feb 2019

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    greenfrog11

    Yes definitely ban the ale of animals from stores and back yards.

    Posted by greenfrog11 on 10 Feb 2019

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    danial

    No I don't think so, If the vets didn't charge like a wounded bull spadng would be alot more common

    Posted by danial on 10 Feb 2019

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    Peta

    Yes I think the purchase of animals in pet shops should be band

    Posted by Peta on 10 Feb 2019

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    Winga

    until there's no need for dog/animal homes, then yes. bonus for those who take one of these pets. show the love and spread it.

    Posted by Winga on 10 Feb 2019

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    Boyza

    Absolutely - maybe birds and fish but certainly not domestic animals with doubtful origins. All breeders should be registered and reputable

    Posted by Boyza on 10 Feb 2019

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    Claire

    Only registered breeders should be allowed to have animals not desexed. This would eliminate thousands of animals having litters and in turn would diminish the sale of animals in pet shops.

    Posted by Claire on 10 Feb 2019

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    palgal

    Definately no pet shops should be allowed to sell live animals , all breeders should also be registered , some animals have great homes , sadly some do not and become unwanted .

    Posted by palgal on 10 Feb 2019

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    Sammbo

    make it worldwide. and harsher penalties for those puppy farmers

    Posted by Sammbo on 10 Feb 2019

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    scottydog

    YES!! It cruel keeping them locked up in a glass case with hundreds of people banging on the window and stressing them out.

    Posted by scottydog on 10 Feb 2019

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    AVA

    If the puppies and kittens come from a licensed breeder, that has a very good reputation, also the as long as, the pet store has an excellent reputation, for cleaniness,hygiene,trustworthy,very knowledgable about where, the animals came from, also if their vaccinated,microchipped etc, and the manager and staff have a very caring personality, towards the animals in the pet store. There should be no reason why the sale of puppies and kittens, should be banned, If any pet store was found to not be abiding by the rules and regulations, the pet store manager/staff should be charged and the store should be closed down.

    Posted by AVA on 10 Feb 2019

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    jodie737

    No one will police that situation. Look at the grey hound debacle. Out of the media now, do you ever hear about it anymore, nope. That rubbish is still going on. Same as sheep shipping live, and cattle slaughtering over in Asia. Groups who try and help animals are getting nowhere fast. I feel so sorry for all the abused animals all over the world. Stop making humans, that’s what I say

    Posted by jodie737 on 11 Feb 2019

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    Heidi

    I think they could be trained for things like elderly assistance dogs or guide dogs

    Posted by Heidi on 10 Feb 2019

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    Miss

    If more abandoned animals are found homes the better!

    Posted by Miss on 10 Feb 2019

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    Miss

    Not at all! Any great home for abandoned pets is a great service!

    Posted by Miss on 10 Feb 2019

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    Gillian

    This is a tricky one, you cannot police pet owners it's impossible, but there should be something in place before they buy or adopt an animal, including their capability to care for the animal. It's the backyard pet owners we need to target not the breeders of pedigree pets. Pet shops should be like RSPCA check to see if you are a responsible future owner. Then we should provide back up as well.

    Posted by Gillian on 10 Feb 2019

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    Pauline

    No, not healthy

    Posted by Pauline on 10 Feb 2019

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    Sunshine45

    Yes agree 100% but why so many recycled dogs perhaps people need a "licence" before they can buy a pet and someone to check them out before they can even adopt.

    Posted by Sunshine45 on 10 Feb 2019

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    LuuLuu

    There are so many pets that need a home - I will only get my pets through an organisation like RSPCA - there are heaps of organisations like this that have pets who need great homes

    Posted by LuuLuu on 10 Feb 2019

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    Sharon

    Yes, adopt a rescue, don't shop for a puppy farm pet

    Posted by Sharon on 10 Feb 2019

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    Vida

    They should definitely be banned together with unregistered puppies farms. A stricter regulations should be put on registered puppies as well as the policing of these farms

    Posted by Vida on 10 Feb 2019

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    Jacky

    Yes, there are too many dogs and cats not cared for now. Should be registered sellers only with very strict rules in place.

    Posted by Jacky on 09 Feb 2019

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    selina1988

    No but a legislation in place

    Posted by selina1988 on 09 Feb 2019

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    Go-Anna

    My daughter bought a Shih-tzu pup from a pet shop in Liverpool NSW years ago saying it was 8 weeks old but when it wouldn't eat, with them telling me to remove all food until the following day when it will have to eat being hungry. I rang the RSPCA giving them all details and found out the dog was only 6 weeks old and most likely from a puppy farm. Pet shop was shut down. It grew into a nice dog although she was timid. All puppy farms should be shut down and no dogs or kittens should be sold in pet stores. If you want a pet, go to an animals shelter for it or if you like showing them receiving ribbons, buy from a registered breeder NO one else.

    Posted by Go-Anna on 09 Feb 2019

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    Julieanne

    I believe puppy farms that generate the puppies for pet store sales, should be banned. Stores should have a legislation in place that only allows rescues to be sold and advertised. There is no easy way to regulate the amount of litters a puppy farm dog is forced to have or create, and the greed of people will always see the dogs as a earning instead of a living, feeling being who deserves a good life.

    Posted by Julieanne on 09 Feb 2019

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    daniel

    ONLY IF THEY INTEND TO UTHANISE THEM AND OR THEY ARE EXTREMEL HEALTHY AND NEW BORN

    Posted by daniel on 09 Feb 2019

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    Eileen

    Absolutely! Most come from Puppy Mills where poor 'dogesses' are kept in cages forced to reproduce up to three times a year. Conditions are often horrific with no consideration that these poor creatures suffer terribly, are rarely groomed, exercised, fed and watered properly. Due to the incessant in-breeding or cross-breeding to create 'designer' or 'fashion craze of the month' pups the offspring usually have health problems and any purchaser from a pet store or puppy mill rarely has the money for proper vet care and the inevitable bills which occur. Anyone purchasing a dog should be strictly checked to ensure they know what they are in for, can afford to register and neuter it, provide vet care, vaccinate the dog annually, can afford to feed it properly, have the time to exercise it and offer it a loving, safe home. That is why registered dog breeders ensure this and also you can get a thorough DNA and health certificates of both the sire and dam of your dog. If you get a dog from the RSPCA or other shelter you should prove you deserve it by paying for all the vaccinations, neutering and checking its past history of behaviour and problems BEFORE you are allowed to take it home. A dog is a lifelong commitment not a passing hobby. Unless we ban pet shops from selling dogs (cats, Guinea pigs etc.) we will never get rid of cruel breeders and owners.

    Posted by Eileen on 09 Feb 2019

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    Colleen

    yes it should be banned along with live sheep export

    Posted by Colleen on 09 Feb 2019

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    Katiemaree

    Yes, don’t even need to think about it

    Posted by Katiemaree on 09 Feb 2019

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    britneym

    Yes, as they live a a small space box till sold not good

    Posted by britneym on 08 Feb 2019

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    Ulysses

    Yes it should be banned, and they shouldn't be allowed to sell rescue animals either. Leave that to the shelters as the staff know how to ensure the animals are going to good homes, and the people going to shelters are looking to rescue an animal. At pet shops, people too often buy on impulse.

    Posted by Ulysses on 08 Feb 2019

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    Urabus

    Yes. definitely.

    Posted by Urabus on 08 Feb 2019

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    Mavis

    Yes, adopt dont shop.....When the shelters are empty then only you can buy from breeder/pet shop

    Posted by Mavis on 08 Feb 2019

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    Eileen

    Too many people get a 'rescue' dog unaware of why it is there in the first place. Mixing up breeds of dogs is often the problem. My neighbour's dog was returned to the RSPCA three times before she took it on. This is unfair to the dogs. If you cannot afford to buy a dog from a registered breeder who ensures you can afford to care for it for life and will take it back if you neglect, abuse or can no longer care for it as it deserves - then you should not have a dog at all. And before you go off at me - in the past we have had numerous dogs we have taken in from people who abandoned them, didn't have the time to care for them or who were strays we found and could not trace their owners. They became part of our family as a dog should be. Now we choose to have a specific breed from a breeder who won't even allow us to put our dogs in a kennel when we are on holiday. She takes them herself to ensure they are treated as they deserve. Should anything happen to us - she will have them back.

    Posted by Eileen on 09 Feb 2019

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    rose. and petal

    yes they should be and back yard breeders to, to many dump unwanted pups and kittens

    Posted by rose. and petal on 08 Feb 2019

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    mact

    Yes... Unlicensed sellers / breeders have proven they can't be trusted... Ask the RSPA!

    Posted by mact on 08 Feb 2019

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    Dutch clogs

    Yes they should as they don't have the quality control as shelters or breeders have there is a certain guideline to follow,in stores they haven't got the resoures as others have. How many times I've read or seen where people purchase an animal in store & find out they have a disease,its very tempting when you look into an animal eyes in store & they have that look please buy me.

    Posted by Dutch clogs on 08 Feb 2019

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    chockitti

    Yes they should be banned because people buy animals in pet shops as as 'impulse buys'. They don't think of the life commitment they are making. If you had to go to a rescue to adopt a dog or cat you would have put a lot more thought in to the idea and most rescues screen people to see what breed would best suit them.

    Posted by chockitti on 08 Feb 2019

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    Kevin

    Yes they should be banned. Screening is necessary

    Posted by Kevin on 08 Feb 2019

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    Barrie

    Not banned but regulated B Mac

    Posted by Barrie on 08 Feb 2019

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    RussT

    Yes It’s extremely unethical as on too many occasions animals are purchased on a whim often when people are in the wrong frame of mind eg: trying to keeps their kids quiet or desperate to find a gift for someone and have run out of ideas ie as a Christmas or birthday present etc Animals cost an extreme amount more than the initial price tag Animals are for life and not just a fleeting fad.

    Posted by RussT on 08 Feb 2019

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    Ebony

    Yes it should be banned and I thought it was already!! Let them grow up on a farm/property not a glass box- it’s so sad!

    Posted by Ebony on 08 Feb 2019

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    MARTY

    ALL ANIMALS SHOULD BE TRADED THROUGH CORRECT CHANNELS, ie, REGISTERED BREEDERS, RSPCA Etc.

    Posted by MARTY on 08 Feb 2019

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    Gutwad

    No! take away this avenue for the sale of animals and the neglect and feral rates will increase.

    Posted by Gutwad on 08 Feb 2019

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    ibby

    As long as the store does everything correct and checks the potential owners out and that they owe there home then yes they should sell puppies and kittens

    Posted by ibby on 08 Feb 2019

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    Honeybee

    It should be banned, stop the suffering for all those animals that are used as a breedung machine and torture for reat of their lifes

    Posted by Honeybee on 07 Feb 2019

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    snakelady

    Yes It should be banned these poor little animals come from greedy puppy farms . Get a rescue or buy from a registered breeder

    Posted by snakelady on 07 Feb 2019

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    Danon

    No DO NOT BAN THEM

    Posted by Danon on 07 Feb 2019

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    Courtney

    No the sales of puppies cats note other animals shouldn't be banned, as then we have people who seek them online to home who use animals as bait such as treat them Badley they deserve to have a good home and not be sold for granted

    Posted by Courtney on 07 Feb 2019

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    bitch69

    I think you should allow pet shop's to sell them. At least you know, they don't come from a puppy/cat farm. They have to do their check's as well. You should be stopping these so called pound's,( I don't include all of them in this comment), from killing animals because they are to lazy too find homes. Give them the option to give/sell them to pet shop's.

    Posted by bitch69 on 07 Feb 2019

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    Norman

    Should be banned

    Posted by Norman on 07 Feb 2019

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    Susan

    Yes should be banned

    Posted by Susan on 07 Feb 2019

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    Rouruina

    Yes ban them

    Posted by Rouruina on 07 Feb 2019

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    Rouruina

    Yes ban them

    Posted by Rouruina on 07 Feb 2019

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    David

    Such fragile creatures, for sale in stores, never, that is why things got so bad for them.

    Posted by David on 07 Feb 2019

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    Jennifer

    Well said and I agree

    Posted by Jennifer on 07 Feb 2019

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    Paige

    I think pets should still be able to be sold in shops, but don't allow them to be emphasized unless for some reason they're in agony.

    Posted by Paige on 07 Feb 2019

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    Gandalf1

    Just adding a bit more to the fire LOL, we have to license our pets, dogs, cats, have them desexed ( in some cases ) and microchipped, but I often think that the pets aren't the one's that should be licensed. Shouldn't we be licensing the owners of our furry family members - in the hopes of stopping the backyard breeders, unwanted and dumped pets? Just a thought that I've been thinking about for a long time.

    Posted by Gandalf1 on 07 Feb 2019

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    coaster

    Cats are not registered here. Should be and they should not be allowed to roam free to kill the wild life. As for dogs, they should always be on lead but I live where it seems owners think this is optional and always dogs rushing at me and my little girl. As for Pet Shops. They should be licensed to sell the dogs only from reputable sellers and breeders and all are regularilly scrutinised without warning. Dogs and cats should be de-sexed before being sold. If people want breeders then they go to other licensed breeders. If de sexed less dogs will be born and in a few years this excess of dogs and cats being euthanised will decrease significantly.

    Posted by coaster on 07 Feb 2019

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    Moongold

    TOTALLY, ABSOLUTELY & URGENTLY. Should never have been allowed to happen. For the many who love and respect the animals, these stores are a heartbreak - just seeing small pets shoved into tiny cubicles, on display, no water in there with them, is infuriating and really upsetting.

    Posted by Moongold on 07 Feb 2019

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    Aliesha

    Yes! Pet shops should only help rescue animals find new homes .

    Posted by Aliesha on 06 Feb 2019

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    SYDNEYGAL1

    Absolutely Yes! Why not concentrate on re-homing all the poor little things in pounds and RSPCA’s as a priority. Pet shops are only there to fill their pockets. They aren’t interested in the welfare of these animals.

    Posted by SYDNEYGAL1 on 06 Feb 2019

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    Aje

    Yes because who ever can take them can use that money to look after those cats and dogs. Missed our pets back home

    Posted by Aje on 06 Feb 2019

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    Wendy

    YES. For me, pet stores cater to impulse buyers, whereby neither the breeder, the store or the impulse buyer has the dogs best interest at heart. In my experience, No reputable breeder would allow their dogs to be sold in a pet store.

    Posted by Wendy on 06 Feb 2019

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    BigRev

    Simply yes, it should be banned, These pets often come from unknown sources such as puppy mills.

    Posted by BigRev on 06 Feb 2019

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    Rosalind

    yes should be banned because people buy them for gifts and then abandoned them ,not right.Ros

    Posted by Rosalind on 06 Feb 2019

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    Lilly

    Yes, they often don’t treat their dogs/cats properly

    Posted by Lilly on 06 Feb 2019

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    Gandalf1

    Most certainly they should be banned!! The sale of these animals should be restricted to licensed breeders, NOT backyard animal farms, pet stores and those that cannot care for these furry members of their family.

    Posted by Gandalf1 on 06 Feb 2019

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    Likeable

    Agree wholeheartedly with this.

    Posted by Likeable on 06 Feb 2019

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    Jannette

    Yes they should be banned,I would not like to be cage,box for all to poke ,pat ,so why should any puppies or kittens be treated that way.

    Posted by Jannette on 06 Feb 2019

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    Likeable

    Agree Jannette why indeed?

    Posted by Likeable on 06 Feb 2019

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    Tonyporritt

    YES. Only licenced breeders should be allowed to sell any pets..

    Posted by Tonyporritt on 06 Feb 2019

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    NyNy X

    Of course it should be banned! They're put in such a small place with so many people coming by, looking at them. It wouldn't be very comfortable. There are lots of risks with puppies and kittens being in stores, especially the small stores in shopping centres; such as children and people banging on the glass to get their attention then breaking the glass and hurting the fur baby, etc.

    Posted by NyNy X on 06 Feb 2019

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    Likeable

    Well said.

    Posted by Likeable on 06 Feb 2019

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    OIGLE38

    I do not think that mammals should be sold in pet shops at all. Too much opportunity for an impulse buy; which wears off when the cute baby becomes a pooping, destructive teenager! Breeders, pet rescue or the pound is the way to go. These vendors can also size up the purchaser. Not everyone is a good and responsible pet owner.

    Posted by OIGLE38 on 05 Feb 2019

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    Likeable

    Yes I know only too well what it was like when the kids wanted something and I know who looked after it.

    Posted by Likeable on 06 Feb 2019

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    vero

    the only animals that should be allowed to be sold in pet shops are rescue animals under the close supervision of the rescue group because they will only allow adoptions of desexed, vaccinated, micro chipped, wormed, flead and vet checked pets and they know they won't allow pets to just go to anyone.They need to ban free to good home advertised pets on gumtree, trading post etc.

    Posted by vero on 05 Feb 2019

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    Likeable

    This is well said and I agree.

    Posted by Likeable on 06 Feb 2019

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    Sharon

    Absolutely they should be banned. It gets hot in the glass cages, little kids bash on the glass, if the assistants get too busy and there water is knocked over it can be hours before they get water. There's too many rescue dogs and pound puppies and dogs being killed from not enough room in the kennels and pound and foster carers. I know this as I used to be a foster carer.

    Posted by Sharon on 05 Feb 2019

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    Likeable

    Well you would know better than most of us.

    Posted by Likeable on 06 Feb 2019

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    Dawn

    Kittens and puppies should be banned from pet shop.

    Posted by Dawn on 05 Feb 2019

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    Bradley

    Yes! I feel the people who run these stores have no love for any creatures, from dogs to fish. The only thing they care about is money and they should be heavily monitored to ensure they comply with the laws regarding animal cruelty

    Posted by Bradley on 05 Feb 2019

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    Likeable

    Agree it should be monitored and there should be laws. There has been a commission into Aged Care (which I agree with) and it also should be the case with animals.

    Posted by Likeable on 06 Feb 2019

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    Andrew

    never buy a puppy or kittens from a store adopt puppies kittens and adult dogs and cats from the pounds and animal rescue groups thats the way to go

    Posted by Andrew on 05 Feb 2019

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    Likeable

    Yes this is true.

    Posted by Likeable on 06 Feb 2019

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