El Cerrito City Council decided on February 6, 2012 to take no further action on banning animal slaughter or crafting meaningful animal welfare regulations. Three out of five council members were present, two of which seemed to support the idea of animal slaughter in El Cerrito, California.
Previous iterations of the “Animals Ordinance” in El Cerrito did not address slaughter at all, and most attendees of city council meetings saw the ordinance as a law created to allow people to have pet chickens or pygymy goats.
Until slaughter was raised by El Cerrito resident and business owner Judy Hardin at earlier meetings, slaughtering animals was conspicuously absent in the text of the proposed new law.
The Mayor seemed genuinely surprised the first time animal slaughter was mentioned — as if she had never considered that an animals ordinance might have been spearheaded by people with the intention of killing the animals instead of caring for them.
It is unfortunate that El Cerrito chose to go down this path, moving forward we hope that El Cerrito will continue to research the issue, and craft a reasonable animals ordinance that doesn’t encourage residents to kill as a hobby.
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