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OPPOSE CALIFORNIA AB-485
California AB-485 mandates the sale of animals sourced from rescues and shelters in pet shops.
It comes up for a vote in the California Senate Standing Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development Monday, July 17, 2017.
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Senate Standing Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development Members:
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Senator Jerry Hill (Chair) - 916-651-4013
Senator Jean Fuller (Vice Chair) - 916-651-4016
Senator Bill Dodd - 916-651-4003
Senator Cathleen Galgiani - 916-651-4005
Senator Steven M. Glazer - 916-651-4007 (co-author of AB-485)
Senator Ed Hernandez - 916-651-4022
Senator Josh Newman - 916-651-4029
Senator Richard Pan - 916-651-4006
Senator Scott Wilk - 916-651-4021
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Talking Points to OPPOSE AB-485
Unlike pet store animals, dogs, cats, and rabbits from rescues have questionable health and temperament, and there is rarely a traceable history as to where they came from and what issues might be associated with the animal, putting families and other pets in the home at great risk.
By reducing consumer choice, AB-485 will increase the cost of pets and put them out of reach for low income and middle income California families.
Pet stores are accountable, traceable sources for pets, and are legitimate, legal businesses, which are self-sustained and bring a steady stream of tax revenue to the state of California.
How will California Lemon Laws be enforced if the retailer cannot guarantee an animal sourced from a rescue? Who will be liable for any behavior issues that arise with animals sourced from rescues and shelters? These questions go unanswered.
Shelter and rescue operators are not experts in animal behavior and safety, and are often misguided, refusing to acknowledge the inherent dangers or background of dogs that are found there.
AB-485 takes away pet choice while creating liability for pet stores and imposing a huge safety RISK for consumers.
AB-485 which mandates the sale of animals sourced from unregulated sources, is a direct attack on free trade and commerce.
AB485 would do NOTHING to stop animal abuse or unscrupulous, unlicensed breeders.
Licensed breeders are professionals who provide consumers, both public and pet stores, with healthy and behaviorally sound pet animals.
AB-485 mandates the sale of animals sourced from UNREGULATED SOURCES, such as rescues and shelters, while banning the regulated, law abiding breeders. AB-485 takes away a consumer’s right to choose and puts their safety at RISK.
It is well documented that imported rescue animals are bringing in disease and illness to the U.S. killing American-bred animals.
Puppies, kittens, and rabbits that are sold in pet stores are vet checked a minimum of four times prior to being handed over to their new owner. Pet stores provide consumers with new puppy advice and education in addition to a health guarantee.
Professional breeders who sell to retail pet stores are required to be USDA licensed and inspected under the Federal Animal Welfare Act.
Professional breeders are licensed and inspected by USDA inspectors who have no vested interest in the breeding facility.
Annually, professional breeders participate in animal husbandry continuing education, conducted by veterinarians and experts, spending their own money learning how to breed a better, healthier, and more stable dog.
Professional breeders love what they do and they love their animals. They consider their profession a way of life, not a job.
Put Californians First!
Protect Consumer Safety
Protect Consumer Choice
Shelters and rescues are exempt from the laws that are required of professional breeders. Rescue animals come with no guarantee and have the potential to put the new owners at risk due to the lack of oversight.
Shelters and rescues are perceived to be experts on animal behavior and safety, but they are not experts and are often misguided, refusing to acknowledge the inherent dangers or background of dogs that are found there.
Since 2010, the adoption of former shelter-rescue dogs have resulted in 35 deaths in the U.S.
Unlike pet store animals, dogs, cats, and rabbits from rescues have questionable health and temperament, and there is no traceable history as to where they came from and what issues might be associated with the animal, putting families and other pets in the home at great risk.
The United States imports more than 300,000 dogs from foreign countries each year, most from countries with little or no health safeguards; allowing the importation of sick dogs and new canine disease into the U.S.
The U.S. imports “rescue dogs” from countries including China, Korea, Mexico, Turkey and others. Pet shelters and rescues are NOT populated with owner-relinquished pets and strays as they lead the public to believe. Retail Rescue is big business.