...A) because I'm a wasteful asshole who doesn't recycle and B) when San Francisco makes pets illegal, the pet black market will thrive and I want a piece.
"People buy small animals all the time as an impulse buy, don't know what they're getting into, and the animals end up at the shelter and often are euthanized," said commission Chairwoman Sally Stephens. "That's what we'd like to stop."
San Francisco residents who want a pet would have to go to another city, adopt one from a shelter or rescue group, or find one through the classifieds.
The Board of Supervisors would have final say on the matter. But not before pet store owners unleash a cacophony of howling, squeaking and squawking.
"It's terrible. A pet store that can't sell pets? It's ridiculous," said John Chan, manager of Pet Central on Broadway, which has been in business 30 years. "We'd have to close."
WCV also linked to Left Coast Rebel's take on this BS.
So you can smoke all the weed you want but God forbid you be an adult and think out a decision like buying a small pet without the interference of the Board of Supervisors. Please. Next they will confiscate my car, force me to spay my hamster and ban the use of toilet paper made from real paper because it hurts the environment. Meanwhile Golden Gate Park is still overrun with homeless and I don't see it getting any cheaper to live here.
When I went to get my hamster, the guy at the local pet shop actually talked me out of the first one I wanted and convinced me to go with an older, already tame hamster instead. I've had a handful of them in my lifetime and he wanted this particular hamster to go to someone who knew what they were doing. She was more expensive but ended up being an excellent fit and went to a good home with someone who knew how to take care of her. That's how that transaction worked in San Francisco, entirely without the interference of the city's useless Board. I even rode the train back to my house with her since I was still riding Muni at that point - the quintessential San Francisco experience that the Supervisors would love to take away, a San Franciscan on the Metro with a hamster in a cardboard box. Oh sorry, everyone owns dogs here. Whatever. The hamster is addicted to cigarettes and gets stared at by my cat all day but is happy, fat and eats better than I do, I'd say everything worked out well.
Obviously I'm against this stupid ass idea. But it makes sense as San Francisco is so hopelessly isolated from economic reality that it might think this is genius. Or maybe it is simply a money thing and San Francisco's far leftist heart isn't as bleeding as previously suspected:
Most Bay Area animal shelters do not kill strays unless they have serious health or behavioral problems - for instance, viciousness - that would make them unsafe to adopt.
Yet many smaller, rural shelters in the Central Valley and in the northern part of the state do not have the space to keep animals longer than required by state law. These shelters are, in many cases, full of pets given up by people who have lost their jobs, seen their homes foreclosed upon, or been forced to move in search of work.
"The places that are overrun with animals don't have many resources, and now the law will essentially allow them to euthanize animals more quickly," said Scott Delucchi, vice president of the Peninsula Humane Society. "Probably those shelters were euthanizing animals anyway. It will just be earlier."
I'm waiting for the San Francisco Pet Food Registry where I have to get fingerprinted and cheek swabbed then wait 5 days to purchase canned cat food. For my grandmother, who is still getting 1% on her CDs.
Meanwhile the illegal San Francisco gerbil trade will also be huge, should anyone want in early.