This week there was progress on ordinances in two South Florida cities that have the potential to make a large impact on the lives of animals.
On Tuesday night, animal advocates in the City of Lake Worth celebrated when the City Commission voted unanimously in support of an ordinance that would prohibit the sale of dogs and cats at pet stores. (Local breeders would be allowed to continue to sell dogs and cats, but only if those animals were bred and raised on the premises of the person selling the animal.) If approved, Lake Worth would become the first city in the State of Florida to take a strong stand against the sale of animals from out-of-state puppy mills. The ordinance is scheduled to come back before the City Commission for a final vote on February 15.
On Wednesday, the City of Boca Raton Marine Advisory Board met to discuss a proposed ordinance that would ban fishing for sharks from city beaches. The ordinance would also prohibit “chumming,” the use of blood or cut up fish as bait to attract sharks close to shore. (The City of Delray Beach enacted a similar ordinance in 2009.) The ordinance was drafted in response to the concerns of residents about the safety of swimmers, surfers and divers; the benefit to sharks is a bonus! Although the majority of people who spoke at the meeting were in support of the ban, the Board chose not to recommend an ordinance. The final decision will be made by the City Council at an upcoming meeting.
An ARFF representative spoke in support of the ordinances at both meetings.
Please contact ARFF if you live or work in Lake Worth or Boca Raton. We need your help to speak up in support of these ordinances.