Thanks to a two-year anti-puppy mills campaign launched by animal lover/film producer Jennifer Peterson, the California-based Barkworks pet shops chain has closed its flagship store at the Westside Pavilion mall in Los Angeles.
Jennifer and her fellow activists had staged a series of peaceful protests against Barkworks, which has been in business since 1972, for allegedly selling puppy mills pets.
Two other factors that contributed to the shutdown were a recently passed ban on sales of pets for profit in all Los Angeles County pet stores, and a ban on the sale of pets instituted by the mall's developer, Macerich, in all 70 of its nationwide malls.
Meanwhile, Barkworks still operates five other West Coast stores that sell pets for profit. Industry insiders say that these stores will either have to cease this practice or they, too, will shut down.
Not surprisingly, detractors bemoan the loss of jobs and tax revenue as a result of this development. However, as I have mentioned time and again, refraining from selling pets for profit is the pet business model of the future. And there's no reason why pet stores can't remain or become even more successful via this practice.
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