On Tuesday, the City Council of Irvine, CA voted to ban the retail sale of dogs and cats within city limits. The proposal gained momentum in August after Irvine Co., the owner of much of Irvine’s retail space, announced it would no longer allow pet stores to lease its properties. The measure is intended to encourage people to adopt animals from shelters and rescue organizations, while reducing consumer demand on puppy mills that often house animals in cruel, unhealthy conditions. Additionally, the council approved a ban on rodeos and circuses with exotic animals, furthering the city’s animal-welfare initiatives.
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