The Honorable Jerry Brown
Governor, State of
Fax: (916) 558-3160
April 25, 2012
Re: CA AB 610 (Solorio) Vehicles, specialized license plates. (as amended 3-21-2012) : OPPOSE. REQUEST FOR VETO.
Dear Governor Brown,
The California Federation of Dog Clubs, founded in 1990, represents thousands of dog owners across our state. We are advocates for animal welfare and for protecting the rights of responsible dog owners. The CFoDC conducts breed identification workshops for shelter workers, distributes a dog care and training brochure for new owners who adopt from shelters, and provides a 1-800 help line for pet owners struggling with behavior or training problems. We also maintain and administer a relief fund for animals affected by disasters such as earthquakes or fires. CFoDC supports animal legislation which positively benefits society.
We know of no other special license plate program granted such an extension; and there is no clear path for the collection or distribution of any funds generated by this program.
While the bill author claims that a state of 'urgency' exists, there is no evidence to support such an assertion. Spay-neuter drives in
over the past 40 years have resulted in sharp declines in shelter numbers. Intakes are down by over 80% since the 1970s. Over 78% of all owned dogs and over 88% of all owned cats are already spayed or neutered (Source: American Pet Products Association 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey). According to Dr. John Hamil, past president of the California Veterinary Medical Association, "If the animals in the shelter were due to 'overpopulation'; we would find desirable puppies available in shelters, there would be no market for internet and pet store puppies, there would be no need for shelters to import puppies and puppy smugglers and brokers would be out of business due to market saturation. There is, in fact, a shortage of healthy, well-bred and socialized puppies and kittens in California ." California
Many rescue groups right here in
import dogs from other states and even from other countries. The Helen Woodward Humane Society in California San Diego imports dogs from . "Dogs Without Borders" in Romania Los Angeles imports dogs from . The US Border Patrol estimates that over 10,000 dogs are smuggled into Taiwan San Diego County each year from . Beagle rescue flew 41 dogs into Mexico Los Angeles from last November. Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern California imports dogs from Spain on an ongoing basis. These are just a few of the more recent examples. Demand for dogs in our state far outstrips supply. Taiwan
The claim of "urgency" is being falsely made for the sole purpose of raising funds for unspecified organizations.
CFoDC urges you to
AB 610. VETO CA