San Francisco Postpones Ban on Pet Sales

This summer San Franciscans have been considering a city-wide ban on the selling of any animal bearing fur or feathers (that includes rabbits!). The proposal has ignited controversy in the Bay Area, with the San Francisco Commission of Animal Control and Welfare putting off a vote on the proposal until at least January 2011. In the meantime they will consider an alternate idea that would require pet owners to be licensed.

Commissioner Philip Gerrie says he doesn’t think the commission should rush the vote.

Gerrie proposed the ban in the spring. It would apply to dogs, cats and also small animals such as rabbits, hamsters, and rats.

It would need the approval of city supervisors before it could take effect.

The alternative proposal would require potential pet owners to take a class on animal care and obtain a license in order to adopt a pet.