I think the issue is in the policy. Zoos aren't necessarily in and of themselves bad. They can in fact be a bastion of education and conservation for everything involved if done correctly. But it hinges on proper care of the animal, both in immediate and long term. That goes for more than just basic physical need; humans at large need to realize that we aren't the only species with psychological, sociological, and emotional needs. The needs might vary depending on the species, but they're always there. The reason pet stores are so atrocious, going on topic for a moment, is because they completely ignore this to the detriment of the animal.
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“The community really came together around this issue,” she said. “We are grateful to the Roseville City Council members for their compassion and for taking a stand against the pet store sale of dogs and cats from puppy and kitten mills.”
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In a unanimous decision hailed by animal welfare activists, Roseville has become the first city in the state to forbid the sale of dogs and cats at pet stores.
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No matter how "reputable" you think your local pet store is, they are almost surely getting their kittens from a "backyard" kitten breeder. The majority of purebred kittens are the product of irresponsible "backyard" kitten breeders. These are people who make some easy cash by breeding their purebred cats and they often also sell kittens through the newspaper classified ads. Remember that most of these backyard kitten breeders don't know about breeding for favorable health and temperament qualities, and they don't know how to raise a properly socialized litter. Many of these little kittens are weaned from their mothers way too soon. Sometimes, a backyard kitten breeder turns into small-time kitten mill to increase their supply so you can buy a kitten from a pet store and they can make a higher profit. How can you stop kitten mills? There is only one way. Take away their profits. Remember before you buy a kitten, keep in mind adoption is the most humane option!Sources for cats and kittens are numerous—pet stores, breeders, animal shelters, newspaper ads, the Internet, a friend with an unwanted litter, a neighborhood stray and on and on. What's the best choice?