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San Francisco may ban the sale of all pets - except for fish

People are often advised to head to an animal rescue shelter when looking for a furry addition to their family, but now San Francisco may make the trip to a pet store a crime.

According to the San Francisco Gate, the Commission of Animal Control and Welfare in the Bay area is reviewing a law that would ban the sale of all pets, except for fish.

"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," commission Chairwoman Sally Stephens told the news source. "That's what we'd like to stop."

The restriction would include all dogs, cats, hamsters and guinea pigs - some of the more popular animals people currently take in.

As expected, many business owners are fuming with the news.

"It's terrible. A pet store that can't sell pets? It's ridiculous," John Chan, manager of Pet Central on Broadway, told the news outlet. "We'd have to close."

According to the Humane Society, between three and four million dogs and cats are euthanized in animal rescue shelters every year.ADNFCR-2796-ID-19883091-ADNFCR
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