San Francisco Mulls Goldfish Ban

Animal Control is considering a ban on the sale of several species.

First kittens, then puppies and hamsters and now goldfish?

San Francisco's Animal Control and Welfare Commission is recommending that the City ban the sale of goldfish, tropical fish and guppies in its borders, according to Matier and Ross.

The recommendation to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is part of the commission's ongoing efforts to discourage "impulse buys" of animals.

The commission's ban would cover pet stores and breeders in the City. It comes after more than a year of study and findings that aquarium fish are often mass bred under inhumane conditions or stripped from the wild.

However, the ban is only a recommendation and not likely to be passed by the full board of supervisors to become law.

As Supervisor Sean Elsbernd told the San Francisco Chronicle "this is another Animal Welfare idea that will end up in the dustbin of history and go absolutely nowhere."


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