SAN FRANCISCO — The idea of banning pet sales in San Francisco started simply enough, with a proposal to outlaw puppy and kitten mills.
But the proposed ban on puppy and kitten mills became a proposed ban on the sale of just about every animal that might end up in a shelter: gerbils, guinea pigs, birds, hamsters, turtles, snakes, rats. Sales of rabbits and chicks are already banned in the city.
The idea led to the San Francisco Commission of Animal Control & Welfare's biggest, longest monthly meeting in recent memory, and was blog fodder around the world.
The commission, overwhelmed with varying opinions, voted not to vote, tabling the debate for a month.