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Some Jurisdictions that Rejected Mandatory Licensing

Great Britain, 1987
Dog licensing was abolished throughout the entire nation of Great Britain in 1987. In the years following this decision, the Labour Party pushed to reintroduce the system. However, after reviewing multiple investigations into the purpose and performance of licensing, the Government widely dismissed it as ineffective, costly, unenforceable, and unfair.

Mount Pleasant, SC, 2001
In Mount Pleasant, SC, a town committee repealed dog licensing with a unanimous vote. The ordinance was described as being difficult to enforce with available funds.

Kentwood, MI, 2004
In Kentwood, MI, cat licensing went into effect in 1982 and was repealed in 2004. The reasons for repealing the ordinance was lack of enforcement and because so few cats were actually licensed each year.

Seabrook, NH, 2005
The 2003 cat licensing ordinance in Seabrook, NH was initially enacted as an attempt to allay fears that feral cats could cause health problems and endanger local wildlife. The ordinance was found to be impractical, and was repealed only two years later.

Pittsburgh, PA, 2006
In July 2006, the Pittsburgh City Council rejected a proposal for a cat licensing ordinance. City council members cited various reasons for rejecting it, including the fact that the ordinance didn’t include a Trap-Neuter-Return program, that it was unnecessary for identification of animals, and that it would be an extra tax burden.

Cottage Grove, WI, 2006
A cat licensing ordinance went into effect in 1996, only to be repealed again in 2006 because so few cats were licensed and because the annual cost of the program exceeded its revenue.

 

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