Further proof that the lovely city of San Francisco has not only seceded from the Union, but from objective reality, the city council is contemplating a ban on sales of pets, which people in the City by the Bay refer to as “animal companions.”
The excuse for the ban on pet, er, animal companion sales is that people are allegedly buying small animals on impulse, then on second thought giving them away to shelters where they are “often euthanized.”
In other words, once again, a nanny government is going to clamp down on liberty to save people, and small animals, from their own folly.
Mind, acquiring pets-er-animal companions from shelters will still be allowed. Presumably people getting their animal companions that way are not having as many second thoughts and are not giving back their pets to shelters to be gassed.
Some people have raised the suspicion that the real reason for the contemplated pet ban comes from animal rights ideology that suggests that the keeping of pets is the equivalent of human slavery. While some observe that the bulk of the problem consists of hamsters, who, despite an image of being cute and cuddly, are in fact manic and violent. Hamsters are euthanized in greater numbers than any other animal in San Francisco. Nevertheless, the proposed ban will cover just about any animal, including dogs and cats, except for fish.
The audacity of this proposal cannot be more stark when one looks at history. Adolf Hitler murdered millions of people and started a World War. But he did not ban sales of pets; in fact, Hitler loved pets. Josef Stalin put tens of millions to death, but did not ban the sale of pets. Of course, in the Soviet Union, with its chronic shortages of just about everything, one likely had to stand in line for one’s animal companion.
It takes a particular kind of tyranny, one that tramples on liberty not for the aggrandizement of a ruler or the supremacy of the state, but for the good of the people, as defined by the tyrants, to dream up an idea like banning pet sales. When one thinks one can use the power of government to do good, there are no limits on what one might want to do.
Of course, this proposed ban might also be a good opening for organized crime. Forget about selling crack or crystal meth. Illegal pedigree cats and dogs are the way to go to make a few bucks. Bribing the cops should be easy. A cute cocker spaniel or orange tabby would substitute for the usual attaché case full of cash.
S.F. considers banning sale of pets except fish, Carolyn Jones, San Francisco Chronicle, July 8th, 2010