(Wikimedia photo)

Surrey Mayor ‘completely supports’ pet store ban

Staff are drafting a report for city council’s consideration

SURREY — Mayor Linda Hepner says she’s “completely supportive” of banning the sale of dogs, kittens and rabbits in pet stores.

After an animal advocate urged city council to enact a bylaw banning such sales, Hepner said will look into the options.

“We will take that information back and we will have a report prepared,” she said.

Kathy Powelson, executive director of Paws for Hope Animal Foundation, appeared before Surrey Council Monday night with the request.

In her presentation, she urged Surrey council to enact a bylaw to prohibit retail animal sales from pet stores, specifically dogs, cats and rabbits.

Powelson said she’s “cautiously optimistic” the ban will be recommended and approved in Surrey.

”It will signal to Surrey residents that Surrey Council understands the animal welfare issues associated with this inhumane business practice,” she added.

Powelson emphasized her efforts aren’t attacks on breeders, because “good breeders won’t sell to a pet store.”

“There was a point a time where people would buy tigers in pet stores and when we hear that, we think, ‘What?’” she added. “I believe 20, 30 years from now we’ll be saying, ‘You used to buy dogs in pet stores, oh my god?’ Times are changing and we can’t deny what we know about puppy mills, animal breeding mills period.”

amy.reid@surreynowleader.com

Just Posted

VIDEO: Volunteers, donations needed as ‘Whalley Santa Cause’ returns to Surrey’s 135A Street

Volunteers will descend on the Surrey ‘Strip’ to give hampers to homeless on Christmas Day, but help is needed

#MeToo at work: How reporting sexual harassment works – and how it doesn’t

British Columbians have four options to report harassment or assault, but none of them are easy

Right before Christmas, Surrey woman with two kids loses everything in fire

Bentley, her husband, and her two boys who have health issues are now left homeless

California competition gives Tamanawis an edge in high school hoops

The senior boys team played four games and watched UCLA in action last month

Surrey RCMP report ‘Tank-ful’ ending to stolen pit bull puppy case

Tank was reported stolen in late September, when he was 8 weeks old

Border officers rally at B.C.’s Peace Arch

CBSA employees tire of ‘lack of respect’

B.C. government to launch coastal ferry review in January

The Province will begin a comprehensive review of the coastal ferry service in British Columbia in 2018

5 to start your day

A rhyming MP getting into the Christmas spirit on the hill, Langley boy chased by two men and more

Federal Crown drops appeal after charges against pot activist dismissed

Dana Larsen said he was served notice at his home in Vancouver and the case was to be heard July 2

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry May 19

Kensington Palace announced the date to the public Friday

Debt-to-household-income ratio rises in third quarter

Total household credit market debt grew to $2.11 trillion in the third quarter

PART I: How Prince Rupert schools teach Indigenous language to hundreds of students

A multimedia series with videos and photos from children’s Sm’algyax classes on B.C.’s North Coast

Full Cupboard Holiday Program: Raising food, funds and awareness.

Envision Financial and Langley Advance support area food banks this season

B.C. Mountie told to resign after texting teenage sex assault victim

RCMP documents say Const. Brian Eden sent sexually inappropriate photos to 17-year-old girl

Most Read