ShoresDog Posted June 26, 2007 Report Share Posted June 26, 2007 Lee Wells, a well-regarded local dog trainer (WellsDogs), sent out an email giving everyone a heads-up that the spay/neuter bill was coming up to Senate committee soon. I asked her if I could cross-post her message, and she encouraged me to spread it around. Here is a tool for finding your California state legislators. Here's Lee's message: Absolutely!! Please tell your members to talk about both the loss of revenue for the state AND the increase in the number of puppy mill dogs imported, which will increase the number of unwanted dogs. PETA and the Humane Society of the United States (that's NOT the ASPCA) are behind this bill. They believe that it will stop the breeding of unwanted puppies and the staggering number of dogs relinquished to shelters. As I said in my message, it will not do this. It will actually increase the number and the suffering. Thanks for fighting it! As I said, we do need a bill to stop pet shops from selling puppies. We will have a fight with AKC over that one. June 22, 2007 California Assembly Bill 1634, known as the California Healthy Pets Act, has been assigned to the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee and the Senate Local Government Committee. The bill seeks to require the mandatory spaying or neutering of dogs or cats over four months of age, unless the owner acquires an intact animal permit. AB 1634 will first be heard by the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee on Monday, July 9th. At this time, it is imperative that breeders and concerned dog owners focus their efforts on this committee. Contact your Senator and the committee members and express your opposition to the bill. Letters must be sent to the committee by 5 P.M., Monday, July, 2nd, to ensure that your opposition is noted for the official bill analysis. Again, please focus your efforts on the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee. In the event the bill passes this committee, we will then focus efforts on the Senate Local Government Committee. Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee ATTN: Bill Gage, Committee Chief Consultant State Capitol, Room 2053 Sacramento, CA 95814 FAX: (916) 324-0917 Amber Thorne Business and Professions Senate Republican Caucus 1020 N Street, Room 234 Sacramento, CA 95814 FAX: (916) 445-3105 While the idea of spaying and neutering pet dogs and cats is a good one, which I support 100%, this bill is very badly written and must be defeated. Although legislators have re-written the bill several times, the re-writes are nothing more than the same bill couched in different language. When you write to Gage and Thorn, please suggest that we DO need a bill in California. Not a spay/neuter bill. We need a bill that stops pet stores from selling dogs and cats entirely. Pet stores do not sell puppies from legitimate breeders. They sell puppies from puppy mills. By simply stopping legitimate breeding in California, this bill will open the door WIDE for both in state and out of state puppy mills to send puppies to California pet stores. It will also open the door to Tijuana "breeders" who send children across the border with litters of tiny, sick puppies to sell on street corners. Puppy mill puppies and Mexican puppies, are very often sick. Many of them die en route. The shippers put ten in a crate that should hold one. These "breeders"/shippers do not care about the puppies as living beings. They are products for sale. The dogs spend days on the road, in cramped conditions, without food or water, lying in their own excrement, next to dead puppies. (I have personally witnessed the arrival of a shipment of puppies at a pet store. It was horrendous! ) Those who make it to their new homes very often die from Parvo or parasites. The heartbroken owner buys another pup and brings it into the infected home where the new, unvaccinated puppy is exposed to the virus and the cycle continues. Additionally, puppy mill puppies are often very difficult to train and the owners, who buy impulsively when they see a cute puppy in a pet store, throw away these dogs when, at six months of age, they tear up the ignorant owners' homes. By requiring that all puppies and kittens be neutered/spayed, only the honest caring breeders will comply. Puppy mills are already underground in California and they will not obey this new law any more than they obey the laws already in force. By stopping pet stores from selling puppy mills puppies, and stopping puppies at the border, the market will be forced to go to legitimate breeders or shelters and the puppy mills will eventually dry up. It's much like the drug traffic trade. If there is no market for a product its production eventually stops. Of course all states will have to pass such bills. California has always been on the forefront of innovative ideas. We need to do our part. So when you write to Gage and Thorn, please suggest a bill with this purpose. AB1634 will stop only legitimate breed enthusiasts from producing healthy litters, by charging for intact permits and other prohibitive fees and fines. AB1634 will not reduce the number of homeless dogs, it will increase it. Please help Thanks Lee Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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