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CA: Spay/Neuter Bill Officially Dead

Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by apbtmom76, Aug 30, 2008.

  1. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    California Spay-Neuter Bill Officially Dead

    Watered-down version not worth pursuing, sponsor says.

    Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008, 6:47 p.m., EDT

    Supporters of a bill that sought to mandate the spaying or neutering of cats and dogs in California said they wanted to make a big impact on the state’s pet population. After several amendments to the measure, however, Assembly Bill 1634 officially died Friday because the cosponsors decided not to back the latest version.

    The bill, formerly know as the California Healthy Pets Act and then cited as the California Responsible Pet Ownership Act, was granted reconsideration last week, meaning it was eligible for another vote as it stood.

    Judie Mancuso, campaign director and sponsor of the bill, said the drastic changes made to the bill as it went through the local government committee left no reason to try to get votes for it in order to try to push it through by the Aug. 31 deadline.

    Recent amendments to the bill sought to mandate microchipping for certain problem pets and to give pet owners license fee discounts for microchipping and spaying or neutering their pets.

    “Yes, I’m bummed, obviously,†Mancuso said Friday. “but what I do focus on is all the victories we had along the way.â€

    She pointed out that in the city of Los Angeles, a mandatory spay-neuter ordinance goes into effect Oct. 1. Additionally, cities across the nation, including Chicago, are working on similar ordinances inspired by AB 1634.

    Meanwhile, Bill Hemby, the head of PetPAC, a group that fought the measure from the start, said the bill’s defeat in the State Senate protects the rights of pets and their owners.

    “By defeating AB 1634 in California,†Hemby said in a statement Thursday, “pet owners sent a strong message across this nation; we will fight to protect our dogs and cats from irresponsible mandatory sterilization laws which will result in more dogs and cats being sent to animal shelters and euthanized.â€

    http://www.petprodu ctnews.com/ headlines/ 2008/08/29/ california- spay-neuter- bill-officially- dead.aspx
  2. apbtluver

    apbtluver Big Dog

    Thank you for posting this!
  3. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    most definately!! :D
  4. Pennsooner

    Pennsooner Little Dog

    Alright, nice to get a win once in a while.
  5. bahamutt99

    bahamutt99 Stealth ninja

    It only took beating it with a stick until it's head fell off to finally pronounce it dead.
  6. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    lmao bahamutt. too funny!! Maybe if we keep beating them over the head they'll finally listen!!
  7. Rai_77

    Rai_77 Good Dog

    Phew! But we finally did it!

    I might get an RIP AB 1634 tattoo to commemorate it, I'm just that happy this thing is dead.
  8. Phantom

    Phantom Little Dog

    AB 1634 is Dead! / FROM: NAIA

    From: NAIA
    To: Charlotte McGowan
    Sent: Monday, September 01, 2008 5:03 AM
    Subject: AB 1634 is Dead!

    Thanks to you, AB 1634 - The most hotly Contested Bill of the 2007-2008 California legislative sessions is dead!

    Thanks to the Herculean efforts of California pet owners and their friends and supporters nationwide, the 11-headed legislative Hydra known as AB 1634 is dead. In the end, bill author Assembly Member Lloyd Levine and sponsor Judie Mancuso could not convince lawmakers that mandatory spay/neuter was either needed or appropriate, and they refused to force surgery on their citizens' pets.

    An important side benefit of AB 1634 is that it aroused an army of dog and cat enthusiasts who had never been united before. Prior to AB 1634 many believed they could have it both ways; that they could pick and choose their way around the activist agenda and let others contend with aspects that didn't touch them personally. However, this bill was so radical it captured the attention of pet owners from coast to coast and provoked a level of activism not encountered before. AB 1634 galvanized thousands of pet owners and organizations who for 18 months never stopped opposing the bill with letters, phone calls, emails and repeated visits to the Capitol.

    Slowly, lawmakers began to realize that this legislation would be costly, unfair and that it would do nothing to resolve the surplus pet problems some communities and shelters face. But Levine managed to keep his bill alive and lead his colleagues on a wild goose chase to pass something - anything - that carried the label of AB 1634. To accomplish this elusive goal, he amended his bill eleven times, eliminating section after section and adding new provisions, in what can only be described as a self indulgent and irresponsible effort to ram through legislation that included some form of mandatory spay/neuter.

    In the end, California Senators saw through the smoke and mirrors and recognized AB 1634 for what it is and always has been: a fundamentally flawed, unfair and fiscally irresponsible piece of legislation that was agenda-driven, not solutions-oriented.

    Looking back on the last 18 months battling this bill, it should be clear to all that it was no one group or individual that brought AB 1634 down, but the combined activism of scores of dedicated individuals and organizations, each playing their own unique role. Groups representing pet owners included the National Animal Interest Alliance, the American Kennel Club, Cat Fanciers Association, California Federation of Dog Clubs, Concerned Dog Owners of California, Pet PAC, Save Our Dogs, The Animal Council, several veterinary groups and many others that rallied together to educate lawmakers about the unintended consequences of such a mandate. Some provided information and arguments; some hired lobbyists; some recruited businesses in key districts to oppose the bill; some flew to Sacramento and walked the legislative halls (repeatedly) ; some organized rallies; many wrote letters and still others kept the fancy informed as things unfolded. Defeating AB 1634 is an awesome achievement that will have immediate and long-term effects on radical animal legislation and copycat bills promoted by Mancuso and others in Chicago and across the nation.

    At NAIA we saw our primary role in the campaign against AB 1634 as providing the facts and making the arguments necessary to refute the proponents' claims. To that end, NAIA and the NAIA Trust wrote numerous articles, alerts and letters, participated in numerous media interviews and NAIA Trust retained the services of the Dolphin Group lobbyist Brian Rees for both the 2007 and 2008 sessions. Brian stayed with us to the very end, opposing the bill and keeping us informed throughout the process, even calling us from the Capitol during the last vote. Special thanks to Laura Sanborn and Angie Niles for their continued collaboration. It's been great working with all of you.

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    Here is a radio interview and some letters, articles and alerts NAIA produced to help the cause:

    (Listen to a lively r adio debate between Mancuso, Strand and Assembly Member Adams click here and then scroll to Which Way L.A. http://www.kcrw. com/news/ programs/ ww/ww070614cats_ dogs_and_ califo )

    August 22, 2008: The ship is sinking

    http://capwiz. com/naiatrust/ issues/alert/ ?alertid= 11844956& type=CU&show_ alert=1

    August 18, 2008: Opposition letter to full senate

    http://www.naiaonli ne.org/pdfs/ ab1634finalsenat e2008.pdf

    August 18, 2008: Criticism disregarded, AB 1634 barrels ahead

    http://capwiz. com/naiatrust/ issues/alert/ ?alertid= 11818586& type=CU&show_ alert=1

    July 11, 2008: Don't let AB 1634 sponsors downplay fiscal cost

    http://capwiz. com/naiatrust/ issues/alert/ ?alertid= 11604506& type=ST&show_ alert=1

    July 11, 2008: Letter to Appropriations attached to July 11, 2008 alert http://www.naiaonli ne.org/pdfs/ AB1634Finalappro ps3.pdf

    July 7, 2008: Write letter to Senate Appropriations Committee opposing AB 1634 now!
    http://capwiz. com/naiatrust/ issues/alert/ ?alertid= 11576491& type=CT&show_ alert=1

    June 22, 2008 Letter to Senate Local Government Committee Chair Gloria Negrete McLeod: http://www.naiaonli ne.org/pdfs/ ChairMcLeod. pdf

    June 29, 2007: Letter of opposition to the Senate Local Government Committee Chair, Gloria Negrete-McLeod
    http://www.naiatrus t.org/PDF/ AB1634LocGov629. pdf

    May 9, 2007: Letter to Assembly Committee on Appropriations

    http://www.naiatrus t.org/PDF/ ab1634Ap. pdf

    March 25, 2007 Letter to Assembly Committee on Business and Professions Chair Mike Eng:
    http://www.naiatrus t.org/PDF/ NAIA_Trust_ %20CA_AB_ 1634.pdf

    March 14, 2008 Letter to CVMA urging opposition to AB 1634

    http://www.naiaonli ne.org/pdfs/ NAIA%20letter% 20to%20CVMA. pdf

    Veterinarians were key in defeating AB 1634
    http://www.naiaonli ne.org/issues/ opposeAB1634. htm

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    Articles from NAIA newsletters 2007

    California Healthy Pes Act Assures Unintended Consequences: Elimination of California's Healthy Pets!

    www.naiaonline. org/library/ CalActElimiPets. htm

    June 26, 2007: Appeasing animal rights activists won't save pets or taxpayer dollars

    www.naiaonline. org/library/ Appeasing_ Animal_Rights_ Activists. htm

    July 17, 2007: Thanks to everyone for a job well done:

    www.naiaonline. org/library/ thank_you_ AB1634.htm

    Proponents' data raises authenticity questions, by Angie Niles

    www.naiaonline. org/pdfs/ Big%20Lie% 20Graphs2. pdf

    NAIA also provided legislators with studies on health and behavioral problems resulting from spaying/neutering too early:

    Long-Term Health Risks and Benefits Associated with Spay/Neuter in the Dog
    by Laura Sanborn

    http://www.naiaonli ne.org/pdfs/ LongTermHealthEf fectsOfSpayNeute rInDogs.pdf

    Early Spay-Neuter Considerations for the Canine Athlete by Chris Zink, DVM

    http://www.caninesp orts.com/ SpayNeuter. html

    Third International Symposium on Non-Surgical Contraceptive Methods for Pet Population Control, November -12, 2006

    http://www.acc- d.org/ACCD% 20Symposia

    Radio debate between Mancuso, Strand and Assembly Member Adams - click below and then scroll to Which Way L.A.

    http://www.kcrw. com/news/ programs/ ww/ww070614cats_ dogs_and_ califo

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