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Apr 12, 2007

Focus:Animal Welfare
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Location:United States
OMG!!  Apparently this person has never been to a shelter on euthanasia day.  This bill is heroic!!!  I wish my state's general assembly had the intelligence to introduce a bill like this.  Four months of age is perfectly fine.  Reputable breeders???  Where have you been living under a rock?  There are MILLIONS OF PUREBREDS dying every day in shelters from responsible breeders and "responsible owners." .  There are THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS of dogs and cats dying each day in shelters all across America because of ignorant asses like you!!!  For God's Sake pull this petition.

Target: California Assembly
Sponsor: W. Ward

California Assembly Member Levine has introduced AB 1634, inappropriately named the “California Healthy Pets Act.” The proposal requires all dogs and cats in California to be neutered by the age of four months, or their owners will face punitive fines and penalties.

AB 1634 Is Bad Health Policy for Animals – Neutering pets by the age of four months is poor health policy for many animals. Modern veterinary research questions the propriety of neutering animals too early, due to concerns about adverse behavioral issues and increased risks of cancer and other diseases. The decision whether to neuter a pet, or when, should be made by pet owners with the advice of their veterinarians, not by politicians. Pet lovers who believe neutering is not in their pet’s best interests may avoid other important health care, like vaccinations and periodic exams, because they fear the heavy penalties under this law. This will be detrimental to public health if it deters the public from obtaining necessary rabies inoculations and reduce licensing compliance.

No More Purebred Cats or Dogs in California - The bill provides a complex exception for show animals that no cat or dog in California can meet. For example, it requires that by the age of four months a cat or dog must have competed in a “legitimate show.” Dogs must be at least SIX MONTHS of age to compete in sanctioned events so this is an impossible test to meet. The proponents of AB 1634 have carefully crafted both versions of the proposal so that the future of show cats and dogs in California is doomed.

Reputable Breeders Are Not the Problem –Reputable breeders already adhere to national Codes of Ethics that requires that their &ldquoet” offspring be neutered as a condition of sale and that their “show” offspring be developed as potential outstanding specimens of their breed. Their offspring DO NOT become part of the abandoned animal population.

California Pet Buyers Will Be Harmed - AB 1634 will cause fewer good quality pets to be available from California breeders to California pet buyers, but it will not diminish the public's demand for pets. By discouraging local breeders, the demand will be met from other sources. Some California shelters are already importing pets from overseas for adoption and puppies are smuggled into California from Mexico every day to meet current demand.

Unwanted Pet Population Will Not Be Reduced – Most owned cats are sterilized, as high as 92% in some studies. Many of the cats euthanized by shelters come from the free roaming/unowned cat population. These wild, unowned cats will not be affected by a new law. Reputable dog breeders reclaim their unwanted or abused offspring so they do not become part of the “unwanted pet” problem. Dogs from irresponsible, often out-of-state, breeders too often end up unwanted and euthanized. Those breeders will not be subject to, or comply with, any new law.

This Law Will Burden Local Shelters - AB 1634 is an unfunded mandate on local government. It will only further burden counties and municipalities and divert limited resources that would be better utilized elsewhere. The cost of enforcement will be high and California taxpayers will ultimately pay for this legislation. Jurisdictions that have imposed unaltered dog/cat licensing and breeder permits have found them to be costly and unenforceable.

You can read the complete proposals by clicking here: Original Bill or Proposed Revised Bill Read the language carefully, it is tricky, especially the so-called exceptions.

Read what others have to say about AB 1634 and check for updates. California residents – see contact information for your representatives on these websites:

Signatures: 5,957
Goal: 1,000,000
Deadline: Ongoing...
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Posted: Thursday April 12, 2007, 11:22 am
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Michelle J. (54)
Thursday April 12, 2007, 1:25 pm
This petition is horrible. What kind of person would want this inacted? I hope your alert brings light to this absurd petition. Thank you.

Jeanne A. (30)
Thursday April 19, 2007, 8:15 pm
I signed this on March 21, 2007 and I'm writing to the author, I want my signature removed. Thank you for the clarity to this AB1634 of Calif.
This is very misleading, I thought finally a Petition to stop mass production of stray animals.

Robby Johnson (2)
Monday January 14, 2008, 6:44 am
I looked at this prior to seeing this post-thanks for clarifying because i personally dint want to sign it-i was going to wait and ask my girlfriend.
i am so glad i waited.

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