IRVINE — The City Council is considering legislation that would ban cat and dog sales at retail shops in Irvine, make neutering and spaying of cats and dogs mandatory, and bar travelling animal entertainment acts such as circuses, petting zoos and rodeos from coming to town.
Legislation to protect "companion animals" is being drafted, and a council majority voted last week for formal plans for implementing the set of three animal welfare ordinances to be drawn up and presented in 120 days.
After a lengthy discussion during Tuesday's council session between city staff, public speakers from the community and local activists groups, the council voted 4 to 1 to send the proposals back to city staff for further review.
"In general, Irvine has shown great interest in animal welfare," Mayor Sukhee Kang said at the meeting.
"The ordinance proposed would position Irvine with other progressive cities implementing ordinances to prevent instruments and exploitation of animals within their respective city boundary," he said.