Instead of being an example of modern animal welfare, the council is hiding behind obtuse reasoning that the trade is not against the law.
This is nonsense.
The council could introduce a bylaw stating that animals must be kept in species-appropriate environments. For example, hens need to scratch the soil, run around and be able to stretch their wings.
The council makes laws about lots of other issues ” the height of fencing, the correct way of parking, the number of dogs and cats one household is allowed to have, and so on.
A law about animal welfare for all species is badly needed and this was an opportunity to introduce it, at least in the council’s jurisdiction.
I applaud councillors Dot Newton and Dianne Guise for their stance: what a pity that the others did not see it their way.
I hope that the council will be inundated with protests.