AN IPSWICH pet shop manager says the business will be in the doghouse if the State Government was to ban stores from selling kittens and puppies.
More than 2500 people signed a petition tabled in Parliament this week which called for the “cruel practice” of selling cats and dogs in shops to be outlawed.
The petition says some people buy pets on the spur of the moment but later abandon them after realising pet ownership was not as cheap or easy as they thought.
But according to Tina Seipel, manager of the Pets Paradise store at the Riverlink Shopping Centre, a ban on selling cats and dogs would be bad for business.
She said the pets they sell were microchipped and vaccinated, well-cared-for and that prospective buyers were warned about responsible pet ownership before making a purchase.
“The dogs we have now are about $700-$800 each. At that price they are hardly an impulse purchase,” Ms Seipel said.
“If we have them for a week or two and can't sell them we move them on to other stores. They are very well looked after.
“Not having them would be very bad for business. They grab people in; people like to have a look at them at the front of the store.”
She said anyone interested in buying a cat or a dog were asked about whether they had enough space, time and suitable environment to house any potential purchase.
In 2008 the Queensland Government introduced a code of conduct in 2008 which included shop owners talking about the responsibilities of owning a pet.
It was also aimed at ensuring all cats and dogs were microchipped and desexed before they reached breeding age.
Rosewood resident Taliah Walker, 10, can gladly vouch for the fact that having a puppy in a pet shop window does draw in passers-by.
Taliah said she loved looking at the “cute puppies” on shopping trips while her father Damien Walker, 38, said it would be sad to see them banned from the stores.
“You still have to pay a fair bit, so I don't think it's an impulse buy for most people. I think it would be pretty unfair on the pet shops,” Mr Walker said.
The petition claims selling cats and dogs in pet shops is already illegal in some countries and that Australia needs to follow suit.
Pet Industry Association spokesman Roger Perkins said the petition was short-sighted and that only 10 per cent of cats and dogs were sold through pet shops.
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