Nanny State lunacy of the Day – SF ban on pet sales

In the latest display of space alien-driven Nanny State lunacy, the city of San Francisco is considering a ban on the sale of all pets except fish. Apparently SF residents are too stupid and irresponsible to buy a pet from a pet store. (story here)

Sell a guinea pig, go to jail.

That’s the law under consideration by San Francisco’s Commission of Animal Control and Welfare. If the commission approves the ordinance at its meeting tonight, San Francisco could soon have what is believed to be the country’s first ban on the sale of all pets except fish.

That includes dogs, cats, hamsters, mice, rats, chinchillas, guinea pigs, birds, snakes, lizards and nearly every other critter, or, as the commission calls them, companion animals.

“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,” said commission Chairwoman Sally Stephens. “That’s what we’d like to stop.”

While the ban would cover all pets except fish, the real problem is, um, er, hamsters. Hamsters?

The real problem, staff said, is hamsters.

People buy the high-strung, nocturnal rodents because they’re under the temporary impression that hamsters are cute and cuddly. But the new owners quickly learn that hamsters are, in fact, prone to biting, gnawing through expensive wiring and maniacally racing on their exercise wheels at 2 a.m.

So the animals end up at the shelter. Just about every species has its own rescue group in San Francisco, but no one seems to want hamsters. Hamsters are the No. 1 animal euthanized at the city’s shelter, said San Francisco Animal Care and Control director Rebecca Katz.

So they are euthanizing lots of hamsters – oh, the humanity! Help me out here – the city has to euthanize lots of hamsters so, to solve this problem, they have to ban the sale of all pets? And put pet stores out of business? OK, I get it…

And just a few factoids included in the article:

13% Percentage of dogs and cats at the San Francisco animal shelter that are euthanized, including aggressive, injured and sick animals.

35% Percentage of dogs and cats in shelters nationwide that are euthanized.

30% Percentage of hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and other small animals at the San Francisco shelter that are euthanized.

More Nanny State lunacy from the People’s Republic of San Francisco, the city that spawned space alien Nancy Pelosi…


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