Some of San Francisco’s most unusual bans [SLIDESHOW]

The same city that brought us the Golden Gate Bridge and Chinatown wants to prohibit its residents from buying pets. And it doesn’t stop there.

San Francisco lawmakers are known for imposing or attempting to impose some of the silliest bans on their residents including the prohibition of toys in Happy Meals, keeping homeless people from sleeping on the streets and even a ban on the circumcision of male children.

So if you want to buy a pet, or just the freedom to purchase a pet, plastic bag, water bottle, or to have your child circumcised, if you so choose, you might consider doing more than just leaving your heart in San Francisco, you might just leave all together.

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  • The measure being pushed to the Board of Supervisors by San Francisco's Animal Control and Welfare Commission would ban sales of all pets. It is proposed with the hope of reducing animal cruelty, impulse buys, puppy mills and with the hope that it would encourage people to take home rescue shelter animals. If the measure is passed, though, you might not have the option to choose a precious puppy like this one!
  • This may be cause for baby boys in San Francisco to smile. The measure, which is said to be unlikely to pass when voted on in November, would ban all circumcisions in San Francisco.
  • San Francisco also bans new contracts with alcohol advertisers on city property, such as newspaper racks, public toilets and kiosks. Current long-term contracts, however, are still legal.
  • After the decision to ban plastic bags came the prohibition on bottled water. City funds in San Francisco cannot be used to purchase single-serving bottled water.
  • Among San Francisco's banned items are plastic bags. Stores can still use plastic bags if the bags are compostable.
  • San Francisco prohibits restaurants from giving free toys in meals that don't meet certain nutritional requirements, such as the McDonald's Happy Meal.
  • Last November, San Francisco voters approved the sit/lie law, prohibiting loitering on sidewalks  between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. This homeless man will need to find another place to sleep.