If you think consumers are already removed from the reality of owning animals, just wait until you hear what’s proposed for people living in San Francisco, Calif.

Tonight, the city’s Commission of Animal Control and Welfare is expected to vote on an ordinance banning the sales of all animals in the city except fish. That’s right, residents will no long be able to buy companion animals in the city of San Francisco if supporters of the measure get their way.

If passed, the measure would be the first of its kind in the country.

The ordinance, say supporters,  is designed to stop the “impulse” purchase of small animals that often wind up in shelters or euthanized because they are not as cute and cuddly as first impressions may lead people to believe. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the real problem is hamsters, because there are plenty of rescue groups for animals like dogs and cats.

Opponents of the measure say the proposal is the work of those opposed to pet ownership.

The Board of Supervisors will have final say on the action taken by the commission this evening. Meanwhile, pet store owners and pet owners are ready to unleash their opinions at the meeting, as well.

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Source: San Francisco Chronicle