A California animal shelter has announced it won’t allow people to adopt pets if they don’t support gun control, following the series of mass shootings that have plagued United States.
Thousand Oaks-based Shelter Hope Pet Shop said it added “where do you stand on gun control” to its adoption interview for potential pet parents.
Founder Kim Sill, in a newsletter, wrote, “We do not support those who believe the Second Amendment gives them the right to purchase assault weapons.”
“If your beliefs don’t match ours, we won’t adopt a pet for you,” Ms Sill said.
The founder pointed out that the city of Thousand Oaks experienced a mass shooting in 2018 when a 28-year-old Marine Corps vet killed at least 12 people at the Borderline Bar. She added that the shooter visited their store for “hours of community service”.
“We believe he had spotted many places and we were one of them. We changed our policy on volunteering after this incident, but now we are confident to go even further than that,” said added Ms. Sill.
The adoptive home also requires potential pet parents to be 25 years old and not members of the National Rifle Association (NRA). If found guilty of being an NRA supporter, the center said “make no mistake about it, we will prosecute you for fraud.”
Responding to Ms Sill’s updated policy, an NRA spokesperson told NBC News that “having this stupid political litmus test comes at the expense of needy and homeless dogs and cats.”
“We live in the only country in the world that continues to support guns, not communities. We will continue to support our community, but if you’re pro-guns and think no background checks are necessary, then don’t come. not see us to adopt,” the shelter said.
There has been a pressing demand for gun control laws after a series of mass shootings rocked the country in the past month.
Earlier this month, New York passed a bill to raise the age limit for buying semi-automatic rifles to 21 after an 18-year-old used the gun to kill 10 people in Buffalo in a racial attack at a supermarket in a majority black community. .
Similarly, on May 24, an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Another gunman in Tulsa, Oklahoma, killed four people and committed suicide in a doctor’s office.