jurisdictions in the world — in the US, Canada, Australia and UK — have passed bans or Strong Restrictions on retail sales of puppies, kittens and sometimes rabbits, ferrets, pot-bellied pigs and other animals.

ordinances in 2016

ordinances in 2017 & 2018 combined

ordinances in 2019 Yearly Detail Graph ↓
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Victory Gardens, New Jersey

Summit, New Jersey

Springfield, Illinois

Breckenridge, Colorado See blog Breckenridge, CO, declares stores a “public nuisance”

Jasper, Alabama

Boaz, Alabama

Oviedoe, Florida See blog 2019 reaches average bans per year

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

National City, California Strengthens statewide ban. See blog Salinas simply won’t go away

Albertsville, Alabama

my_location Google Map of International Bans & Restrictions

Countrywide Bans
						State Ban City Ban County Ban Strong restrictions.
                    Active Puppy Store At Time of Ban Passage
                    Rabbit Sales Bans Ferret Bans Pot-Bellied Pig Bans Other Animals
                    State Prohibitions
                    Reversed Bans
                    Failed Lawsuits
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Resolutions and Statements of Support Resolutions of Support
  1. New York State Attorney General
  2. Macomb Cnty, Michigan
  3. Camden Cnty, New Jersey: 15 incorporated jurisdictions
  4. Middlesex Cnty, New Jersey: incorporated jurisdictions
  5. Ocean Cnty, New Jersey: incorporated jurisdictions
  6. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  7. Monmouth Cnty, New Jersey: incorporated jurisdictions
  8. Mercer Cnty, New Jersey: 11 incorporated jurisdictions.
  9. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  10. Passaic Cnty, New Jersey: incorporated jurisdictions.
  11. Bergen Cnty, New Jersey: incorporated jurisdictions.

See map layer "Resolutions of support"↑ for details and links.

13 Lawsuits Against Bans Have Failed. Bans Upheld

Jurisdictions and activists have won in federal courts 13 : times (14th is in process):

San Diego puppy store owner David Salinas sued each individual member of the City Council, activists and organizations including Companion Animal Protection Society and Humane Society of the US which helped write the ordinance. Judge dismissed the charges for all but the City of San Diego. A month later, Mr. Salinas dropped the suit against the city.

Cook Cnty suit was dismissed twice by a federal judge: First in May and again with new arguments in August. Cook Cnty, 2:2.

Embattled NJ puppy store chain owner (and owner of a MO puppy mill) Vincent LoSacco dropped his suit against the borough of Emerson, NJ, 7/2016.

  1. San Diego, California
    • Aug 2014, judge dismissed most charges.
    • Sep 2014, plaintiff dropped suit.
  2. East Providence, Rhode Island - Mar 2015, dismissed.
  3. Cook Cnty, Illinois - May 2015, dismissed.
  4. Sunrise, Florida - Jun 2015, ban upheld.
  5. Phoenix, Florida - Jul 2015, ban upheld.
  6. Cook Cnty, Illinois - Aug 2015, appeal dismissed.
  7. New York, New York - Oct 2015, dismissed. [ Strong restrictions ]
  8. Chicago, Illinois - Nov 2015, dismissed.
  9. East Providence, Rhode Island - Dec 2015, appeal dismissed.
  10. Palm Beach Gardens, Florida - Dec 2015, dismissed under summary judgement.
  11. Emerson, New Jersey - Jul 2016, store owner dropped suit against borough.
  12. Sarasota, Florida - Jun 2017, Petland loses final appeal to keep selling despite county ban.
  13. Chicago, Illinois - Sep 2017, Series of federal court rulings – the latest upholding a Chicago anti-puppy-mill law – affirm state, local efforts against animal cruelty.
  14. Maryland - Aug 2019, Maryland pet stores sue to block state ban on dog, cat sales.

See map layer "Failed Legal Challenges"↑ for details and links.
Read Lawsuits Brief↓ under Summaries

Breeding and "Lemon" Consumer Protection Laws Breeding Bans Suits Against Stores Not comprehensive, includes those we've seen in and around ban ordinances.
  • 17 Breeding bansBreeding Bans
  • 21 Consumer protection states (so-called "lemon laws")Consumer Protections

See map layers "Local Animal Breeding Bans"↑ and "Consumer Protection States"↑ for details and links.

    Lawsuits Against Stores Suits Against Stores
  1. Petland, Novi, Michigan, breach of contract and alleged multiple violations of the Consumer Protection Act, 3/2018.
    Novi Petland sued for allegedly selling diseased and sick puppies A Novi pet shop owner has been sued by 16 people alleging he sells sick and diseased animals. Randy Horowitz, owner and operator of Petland, located inside Twelve Oaks Mall, has been sued amid allegations that he knowingly sold puppies that suffered from genetic defects, had infections as well as highly contagious and deadly diseases between 2012 and 2016.

    Update 3/2019: Petland Novi has a 3rd lawsuit against them now lodged in civil court. For the latest news on these matters, see the Puppy Mill Awareness Southeast Michigan blog
  2. Petland, Henderson, Nevada, Criminal neglect, 19 counts, 12/2017.
    Henderson Petland fined thousands for sick dog, overcrowding violations The owner is now facing criminal charges and has been fined more than $12,000. Animal Control officers said the store failed to follow laws designed to protect people from buying unhealthy pets.
  3. Petland Pet Store National Chain, Atlanta, Georgia, 7/2017.
    Animal Legal Defense Fund Files Nationwide Racketeering Class Action Lawsuit Against Petland
  4. Petlands Kennesaw & Sarasota, FL 11/15.
    I guess now that it is on public record I can officially announce we ARE taking legal action against Petland and the owners of Petland Kennesaw and Petland Sarasota, Lamar and Brad Parker. Video: Shut Down Petland in Sarasota, FL Facebook post.
  5. Mount Clemens, Michigan, 8/2015.
    Puppy buyers seek to close Mount Clemens pet store
    A law firm on Monday will seek a permanent injunction in Macomb County Circuit Court in an attempt to bar a Mount Clemens pet store from selling allegedly sick animals.
    Jennifer Measel of Farmington Hills-based Haas & Goldstein, P.C. wants a judge to issue a cease-and-desist order to prevent the operators of Little Dogz from the further sale of any animals.
    “We want to be sure they can no longer sell pets to the public,” Measel said.
    Thirty-one plaintiffs are now included in the lawsuit that was filed in March seeking monetary damages for multiple violations of the Consumer Protection Act after purchasing puppies that were allegedly defective, suffering from infections or highly contagious diseases.
  6. Class-Action v. Barkworks, Southern CA, 9/2014, expanded.
    Class-Action Encouragement: Barkworks’ Case Brings Puppy Mills Into Focus, 11/2015
    Barkworks, a pet-store chain in four Southern California counties. In October, ALDF broadly expanded its lawsuit against Barkworks, initially filed in Orange County in September 2014 on behalf of a handful of individual plaintiffs, by adding class-action allegations, thus filing on behalf of a broad class of misled purchasers of the chain's puppies.
  7. Furry Babies' Pet Store Faces Lawsuit for Allegedly Selling Unhealthy Puppy Mill Puppies", 3/13.
    Original posting from 1/2013, “Furry Babies” Pet Store Faces Lawsuit for Allegedly Selling Unhealthy Puppy Mill Puppies and latest update, 6/2016.
    Good news for consumers and dogs: an Illinois court has ruled that a lawsuit alleging that a Chicago-area pet store chain that sold sick puppy mill puppies can proceed to trial, rejecting the pet store’s second attempt to have the case dismissed.

See map layer "Lawsuits Against Stores"↑ for details and links.
Read Lawsuits Brief↓ under Summaries

event Total Bans By Year

Number of bans by year

stars Milestones

Date Locale Milestone
07/22/1952 North Bay Villages, FL First Keeping dogs for commercial purposes prohibited ordinance. Municipal code
12/12/2002 Flagler Beach, FL First known ban of all animal breeding and sales
10/10/2006 Albuquerque, NM First broad-based animal welfare code change includes a puppy store ban
04/15/2009 S Lake Tahoe, CA First activist-based puppy store ban creates benchmark civil code language; begins the movement.
See Yearly Detail Graph ↑
11/30/2012 New Westminster, BC Retails sales bans include rabbits, hares and pikas.
09/30/2014 San Diego, CA Lawsuit v. City + activists: most charges dismissed. Stores owner David Salinas dropped suit. See Other Map Categories
12/31/2014 US & Canada Number of bans more than doubles from previous year from to
12/31/2016 US & Canada Leap of ban passages: in California, in Florida and in New Jersey. in total for 2016
10/13/2017 California, US World's first statewide ban passed in US
12/01/2017 Victoria, Australia First statewide ban in Australia passed
07/01/2018 Victoria, Australia First statewide ban in Australia in effect
01/01/2019 California, US First statewide ban in US in effect
05/13/2019 England, UK First countrywide ban law laid in England
05/17/2019 Wales, UK Countrywide ban law proposal comments closed
06/17/2019 US/Canada Rabbit sales bans reach 40, 10% increase in 3 months. See blog post Rabbit Sales Bans on the RiseRabbit Sales Ban
08/18/2019 N Myrtle Beach, S Carolina • First ban in South Carolina.
• 1st new state in 9 months.
• 26th US state with at least 1 ban: majority of US states reached.
• 33 states, provinces or countries with bans worldwide.
• See blog post RED-LETTER DAY!
09/01/2019 National City, CA First local ban to strengthen statewide ban for loopholes. See blog Salinas simply won't go away
09/18/2019 Scotland, UK Third COUNTRYWIDE ban begins legislation process. See blog Scotland Announces Plans for 3rd Countrywide ban
09/26/2019 Breckenridge, CO Blog Breckenridge, CO, declares stores a “public nuisance”
01/01/2020 Maryland, US Second US statewide ban in effect
04/06/2020 England, UK First countrywide ban in effect

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US flag US states have passed bans
statewide bans. also passed strong restrictions.

City, county and state names link to online municipal code or state law.
= Had store(s) assignment hover for more information.
How to use this section, see Jurisdiction Details in our info screen. info_outline
  1. AL flag Alabama
    1. Huntsville 11/18assignment
    2. Athens 1/19
    3. Guntersville 7/19
    4. Anniston 8/19
    5. Albertville 8/19
    6. Tuscaloosa 9/19
    7. Boaz 9/19assignment
    8. Jasper 9/19
  2. Arizona
    Jurisdictions Bans nullified by state law.assignment
    1. Phoenixassignment 12/13
    2. Tempeassignment 2/16
    We count these cities for passing bans. Why↓
  3. CA flag California
    Jurisdictions state ban Statewide ban 10/13/17
    1. S Lake Tahoe 4/09
    2. W Hollywood 2/10
    3. Hermosa Bch 3/10
    4. Turlock 5/10
    5. Glendale 8/11
    6. Irvine 10/11
    7. Dana Point 1/12
    8. Chula Vista 3/12
    9. Laguna Bch 5/12
    10. Aliso Viejo 5/12
    11. Huntington Bch 6/12
    12. Los Angeles 10/12assignmentRabbit sales ban
    13. Burbank 2/13
    14. Rancho Mirage 2/13Rabbit Sales Ban
    15. San Diego 7/13Rabbit Sales Ban
    16. Ventura Cnty 12/13Rabbit Sales Ban
    17. Chino Hills 10/14
    18. Oceanside 1/15
    19. Long Bch 3/15Rabbit sales ban
    20. Garden Grove 4/15assignment
    21. Encinitas 6/15assignmentassignment
    22. Beverly Hills 7/15assignmentRabbit sales ban
    23. Vista 9/15assignment
    24. Palm Springs 9/15assignment
    25. San Marcos 1/16Rabbit Sales Ban
    26. Cathedral City 1/16
    27. Truckee 2/16
    28. La Quinta 3/16
    29. Indio 4/16
    30. Carlsbad 5/16
    31. Colton 6/16
    32. Solana Bch 6/16Rabbit Sales Ban
    33. San Francisco 2/17Rabbit sales ban
    34. Sacramento 5/17
    35. S Pasadena 5/17Rabbit sales ban
    36. Del Mar 6/17Rabbit sales ban
    37. Statewide ban 10/17assignmentRabbit sales ban
    38. National City 9/19assignmentRabbit sales ban
  4. CO flag Colorado
    Jurisdictions Fountain 5/11assignment
    1. Berthoud 6/19assignment
    2. Breckenridge 9/19assignment
  5. Florida
    1. N Bay Vllge 7/1952
    2. Opa-Locka 5/1955
    3. Lauderdale Lakes 4/1963
    4. Flagler Bch 12/2002360
    5. Coral Gables 09/05
    6. Lake Worth Bch 2/11
    7. Hallandale Bch 4/12
    8. Margate 10/13assignment
    9. Pinecrest 10/13
    10. Palmetto Bay 12/13
    11. Coconut Creek 1/14
    12. Wellington 1/14
    13. Surfside 2/14360
    14. Aventura 3/14
    15. Wilton Manors 3/14
    16. Greenacres 4/14
    17. N Lauderdale 4/14assignment
    18. Bay Hrbr Islds 4/14
    19. Pompano Bch 5/14
    20. Bal Hrbr Vlge 5/14
    21. Sunny Isles Bch 5/14
    22. Miami Bch 5/14assignment
    23. N Miami Bchassignment 5/14
    24. Dania Bch 6/14
    25. Palm Bch Grdns 7/14
    26. Juno Bch 8/14
    27. Cutler Bay 8/14assignment
    28. N Palm Bch 8/14
    29. Hypoluxo 9/14
    30. Jupiter 10/14
    31. Homestead 10/14assignment
    32. Tamarac 12/14
    33. Palm Bch 1/15
    34. N Miami 4/15assignment
    35. Lauderhill 4/15
    36. Fernandina Bch 7/15
    37. Jacksonville Bch 8/15assignment
    38. Deerfield Bch 11/15assignment
    39. W Melbourne 11/15assignment
    40. Casselberry 11/15assignment
    41. Neptune Bch 1/16
    42. Sarasota Cnty 1/16
    43. Delray Bch 3/16
    44. S Miami 1/16
    45. Hollywood 6/16
    46. Saint Petersburg 7/16
    47. Key West 8/16Rabbit Sales BanFerret Sales BanFerret Sales Ban
    48. Miramar 8/16
    49. Palm Bch Cnty 9/16Grandfathering
    50. Safety Hrbr 11/16
    51. Holmes Bch 3/17
    52. Hillsborough Cnty 5/17assignmentGrandfathering
    53. Fort Lauderdale 6/17assignment
    54. DeSoto Cnty 7/17
    55. Oakland Park 12/17
    56. Seminole Cnty 2/18
    57. Atlantic Bch 2/18
    58. Lake Cnty 5/18
    59. Sanford 7/18
    60. Dunedin 7/18
    61. Royal Palm Bch 9/18assignment
    62. Mount Dora 1/19
    63. Indian Hrbr Bch 01/19Rabbit Sales Ban
    64. Marion Cnty 5/19Grandfathering
    65. Indian River Cnty, 6/19
    66. Oviedoe, 9/19
    We count Miami as a strong restriction. Why↓
  6. GA flag Georgia
    1. Canton 3/17
    2. Holly Springs 5/17
    3. Waleska 5/17
    4. Woodstock 6/17
    5. Senoia 11/17
    6. Sandy Springs 11/17
    7. Ball Ground 1/18
    8. Centerville 1/18
    9. Atlanta 11/18
    10. Fulton Cnty 1/19
    11. Cherokee Cntyassignment 8/19
  7. IL flag Illinois
    1. Waukegan 6/12
    2. Chicago 3/14Rabbit sales ban
    3. Cook Cnty 5/15Rabbit sales ban
    4. Warrenville 1/16
    5. Crest Hill 10/17 assignment assignment assignment assignment assignment Rabbit sales ban
    6. Kankakee Cnty 5/18
    7. Vernon Hills 2/19Rabbit Sales Ban
    8. Downers Grove 2/19Rabbit sales ban
    9. W Chicago 5/19
    10. Buffalo Grove 6/19
    11. Lisle 7/19assignment
    12. Springfield 9/19
  8. IN flag Indiana
    1. St. Joseph 4/17assignment
  9. IA flag Iowa
    1. Fraser 10/17
    2. Stuart 1/18
    3. Boone 3/18
  10. ME flag Maine
    1. Portland 9/16
    2. Bar Hrbr 12/16
  11. MD flag Maryland
    Jurisdictions state ban Statewide ban 4/24/18
    1. Montgomery Cnty 2/15assignment
    2. Statewide ban 4/18assignment
  12. MA flag Massachusetts
    1. Boston 3/16assignmentRabbit sales ban
    2. Stoneham 5/17
    3. Cambridge 8/17360
  13. MI flag Michigan
    1. Eastpointe 9/15Rabbit sales ban
    2. New Baltimore 11/15Rabbit sales ban
    3. Fraser 12/15Rabbit sales ban
    4. Royal Oak 06/19Rabbit Sales BanFerret Sales Ban
  14. MN flag Minnesota
    1. Roseville 3/17
    2. Eden Prairie 5/18
    3. St. Paul 12/18
  15. NV flag Nevada
    Jurisdictions Las Vegas 1/16
    ↑Council reversed 11/17
    1. N Las Vegas 12/16assignmentRabbit sales banPot-bellied pigs
    2. Mesquite 5/16Pig sales ban
    We do not count Las Vegas in our ban total. Why↓
  16. NJ flag New Jersey
    1. Brick 2/16
    2. Manasquan 9/12
    3. Pt Pleasant Bch 10/12Rabbit sales ban
    4. Hoboken 8/13
    5. Oceanport 8/13
    6. N Brunswick 10/13assignment
    7. Randolph 9/14
    8. Camden Cnty 9/15
    9. Audubon 10/15
    10. Voorhees Tnship 10/15
    11. Brooklawn 10/15
    12. Cherry Hill 10/15
    13. Waterford 10/15
    14. Merchantville 11/15assignment
    15. Laurel Springs 12/15
    16. Oaklyn 12/15
    17. Somerdale 11/15
    18. Haddon Hghts 12/15
    19. Westville 11/15
    20. Mercer Cnty 11/15
    21. Deptford 12/15
    22. Runnemede 12/15
    23. Magnolia 12/15
    24. Gloucester Twnshp 12/15
    25. Glassboro 12/15
    26. Monmouth Cnty 1/16
    27. Ocean Cnty 2/16
    28. Bellmawr 1/16
    29. Berlin Twnshp 2/16
    30. Clementon 3/16
    31. Middlesex Cnty 3/16
    32. Pine Hill 3/16
    33. Winslow Twnshp 3/16
    34. Haddon Twnshp 3/16
    35. Jackson 3/16
    36. Collingswood 4/16
    37. Audubon Park 4/16
    38. Mount Ephraim 4/16
    39. Barrington 4/16
    40. Berlin Borough 4/16
    41. East Brunswick 4/16
    42. Gloucester City 4/16
    43. Chesilhurst 5/16
    44. Greenwich Twnshp 5/16
    45. Passaic Cnty 5/16
    46. W Deptford 5/16
    47. Pennsauken 5/16
    48. Mantua 5/16
    49. Gibbsboro 6/16
    50. Beverly 6/16
    51. Little Ferry 6/16
    52. Hi-Nella 6/16
    53. Bergen Cnty 6/16
    54. Wyckoff 6/16
    55. Lindenwold 6/16
    56. Bordentown 6/16
    57. Hackensack 6/16
    58. Mount Holly 7/16
    59. Camden 7/16
    60. Pitman 7/16
    61. Maywood 7/16
    62. East Rutherford 7/16
    63. Union City 7/16
    64. Clayton 7/16
    65. Burlington Cnty 7/16
    66. Glen Rock 7/16
    67. Woodcliff Lake 8/16
    68. Saddle Brook 8/16
    69. Woodlynne 8/16
    70. Washington Twnshp 8/16
      ↟Council override of mayoral veto
    71. Morris Cnty 8/16
    72. Upper Saddle River 9/16
    73. Eatontown 9/16
    74. Swedesboro 9/16
    75. Hamilton 9/16
    76. Fairview 9/16
    77. Tavistock Country Club 9/16
    78. Fanwood 9/16
    79. Ridgefield09/16
    80. Wallington 9/16
    81. New Milford 9/16
    82. Ridgewood 10/16
    83. Edgewater 10/16
    84. Woodbury Hghts 10/16
    85. Marlboro 10/16
    86. Fair Lawn 10/16
    87. Pine Valley 10/16
    88. Ocean Twnshp 10/16
    89. N Arlington 11/16
    90. Watchung 11/16
    91. Frenchtown 12/16
    92. Palisades Park 12/16
    93. Union Bch 1/17
    94. Cliffside Park 2/17
    95. Statford 2/17
    96. Burlington 2/17
    97. Bradley Bch 2/17
    98. Haddonfield 2/17
    99. Bound Brook 3/17
    100. Livingston 3/17
    101. Franklin 3/17
    102. Manalapan 4/17
    103. Scotch Plains 4/17
    104. Lodi 4/17
    105. Secaucus 4/17
    106. East Newark 4/17
    107. Roselle Park 5/17
    108. Harrison 5/17
    109. Brielle 5/17
    110. Matawan 6/17
    111. Caldwell 6/17
    112. Maple Shade 6/17
    113. N Plainfield 6/17
    114. Asbury Park 6/17
    115. Leonia 7/17
    116. Hopewell Twnshp 7/17
    117. Springfield 9/17
    118. Nutley 10/17
    119. Cranford 10/17
    120. Moorestown 10/17
    121. Rahway 11/17
    122. Lawrence 2/18
    123. Holmdel 2/18
    124. Barnegat 2/18
    125. Westfield 4/18
    126. Garwood 6/18
    127. Palmyra 4/18
    128. Linden 6/18
    129. Teaneck 9/18
    130. Shamong 11/18
    131. S Orange 11/18
    132. Wall 12/18
    133. Medford Lakes 2/19
    134. Tinton Falls 3/19
    135. Carteret 3/19
    136. Madison 5/19
    137. Summit 9/19
    138. Victory Gardens 9/19 counts all jurisdictions: counties and a country club, which include bans in their resolutions of support though lack the authority over businesses locally. Why.↓
  17. NM flag New Mexico
    1. Albuquerque 6/06
    2. Bernalillo Cnty 2/13
    3. Rio Rancho 4/17
  18. NY flag New York
    1. Mamaroneck 2/16
    2. Mount Pleasant 3/16
    3. Yorktown 8/16
    4. Rye Brook 8/16
    5. Port Chester 10/16
    6. New Rochelle 9/17
  19. OH flag Ohio
    Jurisdictions Bans nullified by state law.
    1. Toledo 12/13
    Grove City 3/16
    ↑Council reversed 1/17
    We count Toledo but not Grove City. Why↓
  20. PA flag Pennsylvania
    1. Pittsburgh 12/15Rabbit sales banassignment
    2. Philadelphia 4/16assignment
    3. Wilkinsburg 10/17Rabbit sales ban
    4. Sharpsburg 4/18Rabbit sales ban
    5. Bellevue 6/19Rabbit Sales Ban
  21. RI flag Rhode Island
    1. E Providence 6/14assignment
    2. Warwick 6/17
    3. W Warwick 2/18Grandfathering
    4. Providence 7/18
    5. Scituate 2/18assignmentGrandfathering
  22. SC flag South Carolina
    1. N Myrtle Bch 8/19
  23. TN flag Tennessee
    1. Nashville 5/18assignment
    2. Franklin 12/1assignment
  24. TX flag Texas
    1. El Paso 10/10
    2. Austin 12/10assignmentassignment
    3. Ft. Worth 6/1assignment
  25. UT flag Utah
    1. Salt Lake Cnty 10/15Rabbit sales ban
    2. Millcreek 10/15Rabbit Sales Ban
    3. Copperton 1/17Rabbit sales ban
    4. Emigration Canyon 4/17Rabbit sales ban
    5. White City 7/17assignmentRabbit sales ban
    6. Magna 10/17assignmentRabbit sales ban
    7. Kearns 12/17Rabbit sales ban
    8. Sandy 5/18assignmentRabbit sales ban
    9. Midvale 5/18assignmentRabbit sales ban
    10. Murray 8/18assignmentRabbit Sales Ban
    11. Salt Lake City 11/18Rabbit sales ban
  26. WA flag Washington
    1. Bainbridge Isld 6/17
    2. Bremerton 9/17
    3. Poulsbo 1/18
    4. Gig Hrbr 5/19Rabbit Sales Ban
    5. Kitsap Cntyassignment 7/19
  27. WY flag Wyoming
    1. Rock Springs 4/18 Rabbit sales ban

Canada flag Canadian provinces passed bans
also passed strong restrictions

  1. BC British Columbia
    1. Richmond 11/10
    2. New Westminster 11/12Rabbit Sales Ban
    3. Vancouver 6/17Rabbit Sales Ban
    4. Delta 10/17Rabbit Sales Ban
    5. Surrey 3/18Rabbit Sales Ban
    6. Burnaby 6/18Rabbit Sales Ban
  2. ON flag Ontario
    1. Mississauga 7/12
    2. Toronto 2/13assignment
    3. Kingston 8/13Rabbit sales ban
    4. Vaughan 4/14assignment
    5. Waterloo 8/14
    6. Ottawa 3/16
    7. Oakville 3/16
    8. Richmond Hill 6/16Rabbit Sales Ban
    9. Cambridge 10/16
    10. Chatham-Kent 4/17
    11. London 12/17assignmentRabbit Sales Ban
  3. QB flag Quebec
    1. Rosemont-La Petite Patrie 12/11
    2. Hudson 9/14
    3. Beaconsfield 12/15

Australian flag. Australian state passed ban
statewide ban = Had store(s)

  1. VC flag Victoria
    Jurisdictions state ban Statewide ban 12/14/17
    1. Victoria 12/17
  2. Western Australia flag Western Australia


    Western Australia statewide ban pending after public consultation showed overwhelming support for ending sales of dogs, cats and rabbits in retail stores.

    The department is reviewing the draft Dog Standards and Guidelines giving consideration to the submissions received and making amendments where appropriate."

    Standards and Guidelines for the Health and Welfare of Dogs in Western Australia

UK flag United Kingdom countrywide ban
Mandated 1/2019, effective 1/2020

  1. England/UK flag England

    England: The government has confirmed it will be banning third party sales of puppies and kittens, Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley announced today (23 December 2018).

    The decision was taken following a public consultation, from which there was over 95 per cent support for a ban. It will help bring to an end the terrible welfare conditions found in puppy farming and solve a range of existing animal welfare issues.

    England's countrywide ban, the first in the world, will take effect 1 April 2020.

  2. Wales flag Wales

    Wales unites behind the Lucy's Law campaign to end its shaming puppy farming trade. "Let's try to beat the English to it," said Eluned Morgan, the Labour Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales.

    The Welsh government launched a 12 week consultation on banning third-party puppy and kitten sales with the aim of protecting the animals’ welfare, ending 17 May 2019.

    A Summary of Responses document has been published, 18 July 2019, on this Welsh government page. See blog post, Wales Publishes Responses to Proposed Dog & Cat 3rd Party Sales Ban.

  3. Scotland flag Scotland

    New law to BAN puppy farming in Scotland confirmed at 'historic' meeting 9/18/19.

    Next step: a typically three month consultation period asking for Scottish citizen and organizations' comments. Will be available on the site.

  4. UK flag for Northern Ireland Northern Ireland

US flag US states with local or statewide restrictions
of these also passed bans

  1. Arizona
    1. Statewide 6/14
  2. Connecticut flag Connecticut
    1. Statewide 5/16
  3. FL flag Florida
    1. Parkland 11/10
    2. Sunrise Cnty 4/13
      ↑Allows local hobby breeders
    3. Plantation 8/15
    4. Coral Springs 9/15
    5. Miami 7/17
      ↑Allows local hobby breeders
  4. IL flag Illinois
    1. Mundelein 11/16
    2. Statewide 11/15
  5. Louisiana flag Louisiana
    1. Statewide 6/16
  6. NJ flag New Jersey
    1. Statewide 1/15
    2. Pt Pleasant 8/12
    3. Emerson 6/16
    4. Park Ridge 7/16
  7. New York
    1. Suffolk Cnty 6/14
    2. New York City 12/14Rabbit Sales Ban
  8. Ohio
    1. Statewide 3/17
  9. VA flag Virginia
    1. Statewide 3/15
    2. Virginia Bch 3/16

Canada flag Canadian province with local restriction
Province has passed bans

  1. ON flag Ontario
    1. Welland 11/14


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Throughout the world, jurisdictions [US: , Canada: , AUS: , UK: ] have passed a ban on the sales of puppies, kittens and sometimes rabbits, ferrets, pigs and other animals in retail stores unless procured from accredited shelters or rescues, also known as "adopt-only" ordinances, including the entire states of California and Maryland in the US; Victoria, Australia; and England, UK.

A Note About New Jersey Bans counts all jurisdictions ( New Jersey counties and 1 country club) which include bans in their resolutions of support, though they lack authority over businesses locally. Without the , the ban count is .

assignment Resolution 2015-550, Mercer Cnty, New Jersey

§Restrictions on the Sale of Animals
¶1A. A pet shop may only offer for sale those dogs and cats that the pet shop has obtained from or displays in cooperation with:
a). An animal care facility; or
b). An animal rescue organization
[The ordinance] discourages and, in fact, prevents the sale of animals brought to our community under the most horrific circumstances that no community should ever condone.

—Jeff Nash, Camden Cnty, New Jersey, Board Member, 9/2015

A Note About Miami

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Miami passed an ordinance on 7/27/17 that limits the sourcing of dogs and cats in retail stores, but allows for local backyard breeders to provide "products" to retail stores. This regulation is similar to one of the earliest strong restrictions tallied, in Sunrise County, Florida.

Since we know that breed-club breeders [e.g., Labrador Breeders of America] are under licensing restrictions to not sell to pet stores, which most of them wouldn’t do anyway, backyard breeders will be allowed to provide stores with pets: a puppy and kitten glut could ensue, stores might increase and a local pet mill problem could proliferate.

As of 9/2019, a search for puppy stores in Miami returns 3 brick-and-mortar results which, sadly, bears this out.

We, therefore, have relegated this close-but-no-cigar ordinance to a strong restriction rather than a full ban.

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Strong RestrictionsStrong Restrictions.

Strong restrictions include ordinances that require pet stores to post breeder information on the cages of pets for sale and do not allow pets from mills that have had a USDA inspection violation in the past 2-5 years, variously. These are next to impossible to enforce, allow for business as usual and are dependent on consumers and watch dog organizations to report violations.

On the upside, when strong restrictions are proven to be repeatedly violated, it leaves a governing council or legislature no choice but to implement a total ban as is the case with the state of Maryland which passed restrictions in May 2016 and a full ban in April 2018.

If the jurisdictions with strong restrictions [US: , Canada: ] that are causing puppy stores to close or change to humane are included, the number of international jurisdictions with pet sales bans or strong restrictions is .

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Heart with stars emoji Jurisdictions cite the reasons for the ordinance as humanitarian/compassionate in nature since animals in puppy and kitten stores are virtually all sourced from large scale breeding operations, a.k.a. "puppy mills." Also frequently cited are issues of fraud as animals sold as pure-bred are sometimes not and animals born from sickly animals in pet mills can cost consumers in veterinarian and training bills. As costs rise, animals are all too frequently turned over to local, tax payer-funded shelters or sold online.

By our count, at least bans have passed injurisdictions that had at least one operating store in them, the majority of which were/are effective immediately.

Noted on our my_locationGoogle Interactive Map with a red puppy head icon for cities and red location marker for counties.

Grandfathering Grandfathering

Grandfathering a store, or stores, also called amortizing, occurs when a ban is passed that only affects new licensing. Current store(s) may continue, often with strict provisions, such as the store cannot be sold even to a relative. Some allow for inheritance, but most prohibit transference. Of course with convoluted business licensing applications, follow-up can be difficult making grandfathering a loophole that is best closed by not opening it in the first place.

Some jurisdictions give a grace period to stores before they have to comply lasting anywhere from 20 to 30 days to 18 months. Downers Grove, IL, graces a store until its lease is up. Some require immediate compliance. State bans do not grandfather, though the ban is often effective a year or more after passage.

Many grandfathered stores have closed. In that case, we do not indicate a store had been grandfathered, such Hoboken, NJ.

Noted on our my_locationGoogle Interactive Map with a dark blue puppy head.

Rabbits, Ferrets, PBP's Rabbit Sales Bans Ferret Sales Bans Pot-Bellied Pig Bans

Any animal found for sale in retail pet stores that aren't specifically from an adoption agency or rescue group are most-likely sourced from the same kind of reprehensible conditions as puppy and kitten mills, where profits are of greater concern than the animals' well-being.

jurisdictions name rabbits in their bans of retail sales including the state of California. Rabbit Sales Bans

name ferrets Ferrets

name pot-belled pigs Pigs

Other Animal Sales Bans Other Animals

Other Animals

Number of times ordinances name these animals in retail sales bans:

  • long-lived birds Others
  • large reptiles
  • certain chicks
  • certain turtles
  • guinea pigs
  • 1 hare
  • 1 pika

jurisdictions include a sales ban on all animals: 360

  1. Flagler Beach, Florida, 12/2002 § 5-17. - Prohibited acts.
    (f) Breeding or sale of animals. It shall be unlawful for any person to breed or sell animals, or dispose of such animals for any commercial gain or other commercial purpose within the city. Municipal code.
  2. Surfside, Florida, 2/2014 § 90-41. - Regulated uses.
    (d)(26) Provided that no animals including without limitation dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, turtles, gerbils, hamsters, cows, horses, sheep, and other domestic animals or livestock shall be sold on the premises. Municipal code.
  3. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 8/2017 § 6.20.020 - Prohibition on Retail Sales.
    A. A pet shop may offer for sale only those arachnids, birds, mammals, amphibians, or reptiles that the pet shop has obtained from or displays in cooperation with:
    1.An animal care facility, as defined in section 6.20.010 of this chapter; or
    2.An animal rescue organization, as defined in section 6.20.010 of this chapter; or
    3.An animal sold or displayed for agricultural uses; or
    4.Dead animals sold or displayed as breeder animals. Municipal code.
Lisle, Illinois, 10/2018 3-22-2: PROHIBITION OF THE RETAIL SALE OF ANIMALS:
A retailer may not offer for sale any animal. (Ord. 2018-4790, 10-15-2018)

Prohibition of all animals sales ban rescinded to included dogs and cats only, 7/2019. Municipal code.

Activists and elected officials argue that most animals found in stores are produced by the same pet mill animal suffering paradigm as puppy, kitten and rabbit mills.
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LawsuitsFailed Lawsuits

Against Jurisdictions

To date, 13: (11 federal, 2 local) court lawsuits against jurisdictions have failed (including 4 appeals and 2 withdrawals) andall bans have been upheld.The lawsuits were brought by store owners and large-scale breeder support organizations.

The 14th lawsuit—against the State of Maryland, the first against a state—was lodged September 2019.

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Against Puppy Stores

known lawsuits are currently being brought against puppy stores and national chains selling puppies, kittens and other animals sourced from pet mills.

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Against Activists

At least 1 lawsuit brought by store owners against activists has failed, not including the judge's dismissal of charges in San Diego brought by multiple stores-owner David Salinas against activists, non-profits and individual city council members. See Chicago pet store owners' defamation lawsuit tossed vs puppy mill activist; judge says 'no malice'

09/23/17: Series of federal court rulings – the latest upholding a Chicago anti-puppy-mill law – affirm state, local efforts against animal cruelty. Humane Society of the United States

11/16/16: Petland sues Sarasota Co. over controversial 'puppy mill' ordinance .

1/23/17: "The injunction was denied by the court therefore after this Friday (the 27th of January) Petland Sarasota MUST obey the new law and STOP all sales of cats and dogs." —FB post.

6/19/17: "The Appeal Court denied Petland's injunction. This means the court has officially established that Petland should abide by the law that passed last year and came into affect in January of this year. They can not file to appeal this issue again." —FB post.

Ban Prohibitions and Reversals State Prohibitions Local officials reversed ban

Prohibitions of Bans State Prohibitions of Local Bans.

State laws prohibit local bans.

We include 2 Arizona and 1 Ohio jurisdictions because our count is of bans that have passed, including those made unenforceable by legislative (state) act.

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Phoenix ban passed 12/2013
Tempe ban passed 2/2016

... Before the state legislature prohibited puppy store bans.

Likewise Ohio:

Toledo ban passed 12/2013
Grove City ban passed 3/2016 [City Council reversed ban].

Details and jurisdiction information:  Arizona ↑ Ohio ↑


In May 2016, the Arizona legislature enacted a law prohibiting local communities from ending animal suffering by passing retail store restriction and ban ordinances, nullifying the 2 local bans that had been passed in Phoenix (12/13) and Tempe (02/16).

The ordinances passed in the two cities are still written into local municipal code, they just can't be enforced because of state law. If the state law is ever changed or removed, the bans would become immediately enforceable.

Tucson, Arizona, was on the eve of passing a ban when the state law came into effect. The city Council held passage of the van until state law is lifted. Immediate passage of a ban in Tucson is expected if and when the state prohibition of bans is ended. See blog post Landslide of Statewide Bans if OR, MA, PA, ME, & NY Pass Pending Bills


In December 2016, Ohio followed suit, nullifying two local bans in Toledo (12/13) and Grove City (03/16).

After the state prohibitions on bans, Grove City reversed its ban through an ordinance. Should state law be lifted, there would be no ban in place in Grover City. Toledo's is still in effect, though not enforceable.

Both state laws created statewide strong restrictions on all stores, though those measures are ineffective.

See the Strong Restrictions summary ↑ for details.

We count all bans that were passed by community activists and regulatory bodies, therefore the state prohibitions have not altered our count of bans. Our count of bans passed includes the 3 bans passed in Arizona and Ohio.

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times states have attempted to pass prohibitions on local bans, all failing:
  1. Tennessee, 2017
    Bill takes aim at local retail pet sales policies, Nashville Post, 3/2019.
  2. Illinois, 2017
    Cities Are Fighting Back Against Puppy Mills – But Some States Won’t Let Them, ALDF, 4/2018
  3. Michigan, 2018
    Legislature passed two such bills in their house and senate but Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed on 28 December 2018.
  4. Florida, 2018
    A Florida House bill could make it legal to sell puppy mill dogs statewide, even if local ordinances ban it, Tampa Bay Times, 2/2018. Defeated, ASPCA, 3/2018.
  5. Georgia, 2018
    Cities Are Fighting Back Against Puppy Mills – But Some States Won’t Let Them, ALDF, 4/2018
  6. Tennessee, 2019
    Bill takes aim at local retail pet sales policies, Nashville Post, 3/2019.

Reversals Local officials reversed ban

1). We have removed from our count the Las Vegas, Nevada, ban passed in January 2016. The city council REVERSED their ban in November 2017.

2). Likewise, as noted just above, we do not count the Grove City, Ohio, ban as the City REVERSED their ban by ordinance in January 2017, citing state law's nullification of their ban.

So far, only jurisdictions have made this mistake, noted on our my_location Google Interactive Map ↑ with a black puppy head icon Local officials reversed ban

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cities, counties and state departments have issued statements and resolutions of support toencourage other jurisdictionsto pass bans. Details ↑ ….

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