The city of Beloit has banned the sale of certain animals in pet businesses.
(WMTV) - MADISON, Wis. - Despite the fact that there are no pet businesses in Beloit, the city council approved a law prohibiting the sale of cats, dogs, or rabbits there.
The legislation was overwhelmingly enacted by the Beloit City Council on Tuesday, according to the city's Facebook page, and it has no effect on current businesses. Its purpose is to lessen the demand for puppy and kitten mills.
A statewide regulation prohibiting the commercial selling of cats and dogs already exists in Illinois. Due to its proximity to the Illinois state boundary, the city believed that unregulated breeders could have gained access to the town.
Puppy and kitten mills, according to the city, can cause problems such as over-breeding, poor veterinary treatment, and a lack of resources.
Those looking for a pet can still go to an animal rescue, shelter, or a respectable breeder who sells to the general public.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, about 2 million puppies are produced annually by around 10,000 puppy mills.