Maryland’s historic law banning pet stores from selling commercially bred dogs and cats, which takes effect next year, has the potential to save lives.

Instead of trying to railroad this forward-thinking measure, pet stores should evolve with the times and generate goodwill in their communities, by offering space for local shelters to showcase animals who need homes.

With countless animals in shelters dying for lack of good homes, pet stores shouldn’t have to be dragged out of the dark ages. They can, and should, embrace a humane — and profitable — business model.

TERESA CHAGRIN

Manager, Animal Care & Control Issues

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

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