Please email councillors with your say on their recommendations. Councillors vote on April 13th at City Hall. Your attendance is welcome to show your support.
I urge councillors to take into consideration the following measures:
- Reinstate rabbits in the by-law – they are also sourced from anonymous irresponsible backgrounds;
- Reduce the transition time to two (2) years but preferably to a few months, instead of five (5) years. The transition period for the following Canadian cities was:
- Toronto 12 months
- Kingston 3 months
- Mississauga 6 months
- Waterloo 4 months
- The city-wide smoking ban was implemented in fewer than four (4) months. It impacted many more businesses, and they transitioned successfully.
- Over 4,000 people in favour of the ban, including myself, do not shop at those three (3) pet stores because they sell dogs, cats and rabbits.
- Ensure that pet stores publicly display the name and location of all providers of animals. Any ethical/reputable breeder is proud to show you their animals, where they live, and educate you on their care and if that breed is suitable for your family.
- The three (3) pet shops claim all of their breeders are licensed and reputable, but they refuse to provide verifiable evidence to consumers.
- Consumers have to be confident that they are *not* purchasing a pet sourced from a puppy, kitten or rabbit mill, and there is no evidence to prove this at present. Again, no reputable ethical breeder will ever sell to pet stores.
- This will address the impulse buying of these sentient beings, and, help prevent unwanted animals at the shelters and rescues and from being dumped.
Over 93% of Ottawa residents support an immediate outright ban during the public consultations. Please, listen to our voices.