Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Legislative Alert: Judie Mancuso/SCIL sponsor pet legislation

 

Judi Mancuso, President of Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL, one of the sponsors of AB 1634, the statewide mandatory spay/bill introduced in 2007), announced SCIL's sponsorship of AB 485, the Pet Rescue & Adoption Act.  While the press release suggests that the new bill would require all dogs, cats, and rabbits offered for retail sale in California to be obtained solely from public or private animal shelters located in California and non-profit rescue groups, the actual language of the bill is vague.  Here's the entire text of the current bill (without the preamble):

 

"The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

 

SECTION 1. It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would promote the adoption of animals from shelters and rescue groups and encourage humane practices in the purchase of dogs and cats offered for retail sale in California."

 

AB 485 looks like it's going to be a "gut and amend" bill, and we can expect, given SCIL's history, that the bill will become anti-breeder and anti-owner as it progresses through the state legislature.

 

Here's a link to SCIL's press release:

 

https://media.wix.com/ugd/584d91_3ecc6ed8b8a6472ba3f89e758099dbcf.pdf

 

Here's a link to the text of AB 485:

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB485

 

Finally, please be aware that the situation for unowned pets has improved continuously since at the least 1970s across the U.S. and particularly in California.  Here's a link to recent Washington Post article that discusses a possible shortage of available dogs in the future and points out the vastly inflated statistics on shelter killing used by Animal Rights extremists:

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2017/02/08/does-america-have-enough-dogs-for-all-the-people-who-want-one/?utm_term=.f80e9e701258

 

Maddie's Fund reached a similar conclusion, that the shift of a few percentage points in demand for shelter dogs would empty shelters, a few years ago.  Interestingly, Nathan Winograd, the founder of the No Kill movement commented on the possibility of a shortage of dogs, "If we still haven't met market demand — which would surprise me — then let's look to our neighbors to our south before we say, 'Let's start producing more.'"  Of course, we're already seeing unowned dogs being imported from Asia and Mexico to meet the demand for rescued dogs.

 

Please be aware of the potential of AB 485 and standby for further updates

 

Regards,

 

Chuck Bridges

President

California Federation of Dog Clubs, Inc.

 

Déjà Vu Chow Chows

AKC Breeders of Merit

P. O. Box 355

Tracy, CA  95378-0355

(209) 835-6530 - Home

(209) 815-3613 - Mobile

 

California Federation of Dog Clubs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

 

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