California has banned retail pet stores from being allowed to sell dogs and cats (also rabbits too) unless the animals originate from an unwanted shelter. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...n-latest-animal-welfare-farming-a8000291.html I have mixed feelings on this one. On the one hand, something needed to be done to encourage more people to adopt pets from shelters, instead of just breeding more animals and leaving the unwanted ones to be discarded. On the other hand, this is a very sweeping move and the state probably went too far, it's very controlling and authoritarian on pet owners. Getting dogs from a shelter is not just like getting new pets from a regular pet store. There are often times reasons why these animals were discarded in the first place (as people familiar with this will tell you) And particular breeds will be unavailable. Basically choice is being taken away from the consumer and they're going to be forced to get what are tantamount to "reject" animals, in many cases. Whatever the pound happens to have. I can see an argument being made for certain breeds, that there are too many of winding up in the shelters, but there's not going to be enough of every type of breed available if the only source retail stores can get their dogs from are shelters. Many states have already placed controls on what animals people are allowed to have (like foxes, native owl species), and now apparently California is starting to take those restrictions and encroach on the traditional animals people have always had too. Although right now people are still allowed to buy directly on their own from a private breeder, I have no doubt California is going to close that loophole too in 5 or 6 years, judging by how other things have been banned in the past in the state.