In a noteworthy move, the town of Mount Royal in Montreal will implement a law affecting the sale of animals in pet stores. Typically, dogs, cats and rabbits sold in pet stores are bought from breeders or puppy mills which prioritize profit above the well-being of their animals. Under the new law, however, pet stores in Mount Royal must sell pets that have come from registered shelters, humane societies and rescue groups.

Campaign manager for Humane Society International/Canada stated: ‘We are thrilled that the Town of Mount Royal is following the example of many compassionate Canadian cities and taking concrete actions to improve the welfare of companion animals by restricting pet sales on its territory. It is a known fact that pets sold in pet stores often come from unethical breeders or inhumane puppy mills. We are encouraging every municipality to follow TMR’s example and prohibit the sale of pets in pet stores in their community.’

The law will also require that all cats, dogs and rabbits sold must be spayed or neutered in an effort to combat overpopulation.

Philippe Roy, Mount Royal Mayor, said: ‘These new rules are part of the worldwide movement to protect animals and recognize their rights. They are an acknowledgement of the responsibility shared by all – government, cities and animal owners – to adopt a regulatory framework that favours the welfare of pets.’

This is the first law of its kind to be instated in Quebec.

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