Friday, 28 December 2012 23:52

Barkworks is Closing!

After YEARS of CAPS investigating and protesting inside the Westside Pavilion, BARKWORKS, a puppy mill front, is CLOSING! Thank you to ALL the activists who joined us for the massive protests!

Published in Barkworks
Publication/Event date: 2012-12-24
Publication name: Lisle Patch
URL for more info: http://lisle.patch.com/announcements/puppy-parlor-on-main-street-protest
Summary:
Puppy Parlor on Main St. in Lisle sells dogs from puppy mills. This store sells dogs from Dennis & Donna Van Wyck, Prairie Kennels, a puppy mill in Iowa, and many other puppy millers.  The Companion Animal Protection Society has the undercover investigation of this kennel, please visit www.caps-web.org to view it.  And if that's not bad enough, we would also like to know why there are over 40 adult dogs, two to a cage, being fed with hamster tubes in the back of the store.  The cages are stacked on each other, three high.  Are the dogs breeding back there?  That's how the puppy millers do it.  They put two dogs in a cage and force them to breed.  The owner will not allow anyone to view the back room, but we have inspection reports from the Illinois Department Of Agriculture with the pictures they took.  Is this a puppy mill in Lisle?   I walked in the alley behind the store and could hear the dogs screaming and crying.  Do they ever get out of the cage?  Just where do these dogs go to the bathroom?  In the cage?  Do they get any vet care?  Do they get anything at all?  The smell by the back door is horrendous!  Please everyone, take a walk back there and get a whiff of this, and hear the dogs screaming.  In my opinion, this is animal abuse and running a puppy mill.  We held a peaceful protest on Sunday and will continue to educate the public every weekend.  If you want to join us, that would be great! Join us at our next protest, Saturday December 29th from 1:00 - 3:00. Please contact me at CAPS, website above,  Ida McCarthy, if anyone has any information on this place.  Thank you!

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Published in CAPS News
Monday, 12 November 2012 19:48

LA Bans the Sale of Puppy & Kitten Mill Pets

Publication/Event date: 2012-11-12
Publication name: Care2
URL for more info: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/los-angeles-ordinance-bans-retail-animal-sales.html
Summary:
They don’t call it the City of Angels for nothing. We’re not being sarcastic — Los Angeles has a serious soft spot for little furry critters. Last month, on Halloween, the L.A. City Council pulled off an impressive trick: formalizing its approval of an ordinance that bans the retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits, becoming the largest American city to do so.

You heard right. In the future, the dogs, cats, and rabbits seen in Los Angeles pet stores will be from shelters or rescue groups. Products of puppy and kitten mills will simply not be available for sale in L.A. Animal advocates around the country are cheering this as a giant leap toward the Golden State becoming the largest no-kill community in the country. Way to go, Los Angeles

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Screen shot 2012-11-01 at 12.08.28 PMLOS ANGELES, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2012) -- LA's City Council voted to ban commercially bred pets in the city's pet shops.

A landmark ordinance, spearheaded by the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), officially passed on Wednesday. The ban was the result of years of pressure from non-profit organizations like CAPS to curb the influx of puppy mill dogs into big cities. In February of last year, CAPS provided the Los Angeles City Council with the results of its two year investigation into LA's retail pet stores and the commercial breeding facilities – mostly from the Midwest and rural California – that supplied them.

The undercover investigation included video and photographic evidence of puppy mill operators who routinely violated federal law – Animal Welfare Act (AWA) – as well as state laws protecting animals. CAPS uncovered evidence that many of LA's pet retailers still purchased and supported commercial breeders. Most of these puppy mills were neglectful and abusive to their animals, repeatedly violated USDA minimum standard of care, and often bred sickly or subpar dogs. CAPS also discovered that LA's pet stores were misleading unsuspecting consumers by selling them sick and dying animals.

In addition to the undercover investigations, CAPS organized hundreds of protests in Los Angeles pet stores that also put pressure on local officials to act against puppy mills. CAPS led a landmark protest in 2009 inside the Westside Pavilion Mall in Los Angeles against one of seven Barkworks stores, which set the stage for a long campaign in the Southern California. CAPS broke new ground in the California animal protection movement by invoking the more expansive California Constitution to legally protest inside a mall, which is a de facto public forum under California case law.

CAPS continued its Barkworks campaign by holding several more protests at three malls, often with more than 100 participants. One of our unique protests included more than 70 inner city public high school students who got involved after learning about the puppy mill-pet shop-shelter connection from CAPS. CAPS' campaigns in the Los Angeles area also pushed several retailers into switching to a humane business model, on which part of the LA ordinance is based. In an eight-month period, four stores stopped selling puppy mill dogs and began offering animals from shelters and rescue organizations.

“After eight years of investigations and protests, we are satisfied and optimistic about breaking the blood money contracts between puppy mill owners who abuse animals and L.A. pet retailers. This ordinance will relieve mill animals and help save the lives of animals who are killed at Los Angeles Animal Services. The 2011-2012 body count is unacceptable, with 9,056 dogs and 12,061 cats killed in our shelters. We are relieved that finally, the cries of L.A.’s shelter animals have been heard. Puppy mills and cruel pet factories will fade into history at last," said Companion Animal Protection Society West Coast Director Carole Raphaelle Davis.

The legislation is particularly important because it makes LA the largest city in the US and Canada to ban pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits from commercial breeders. CAPS has consistently supplied reliable evidence to cities determined to stop puppy mills from selling dogs to their communities. Our West Hollywood, California ordinance banning the sale of pet shop puppies and kittens received worldwide media coverage and was the genesis for the now growing ordinance movement in both this country and Canada.

There are ordinances banning the sale of pet shop puppies and kittens in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, Texas and Canada. We assisted with the by-law in Richmond, British Columbia, which was the inspiration for the recently passed by-law in Toronto. CAPS also worked with Legislator Jon Cooper in Suffolk County before he withdrew his proposed ordinance due to state preemption, which CAPS is now trying to get removed from the state lemon law.

The West Hollywood ordinance, which passed in February of 2010, was possible because of the relentless work of the CAPS West Cost team, which submitted CAPS undercover investigation of the local pet shop and the atrocious Wensmann puppy mill in Minnesota that supplied this pet shop. CAPS was subsequently involved with getting pet shop ordinances passed in Glendale and Irvine, Calif. CAPS was recently involved in getting the first pet shop ordinance passed in Illinois and is working on other municipalities in the Chicago area. Sarasota County, which has three pet shops, is also on the agenda.

The LA ban was introduced by Councilman Paul Koretz, a West Hollywood Council member from 2000 to 2006 and a longtime supporter of animal rights. The measure will give a much needed boost to the overburdened municipal shelter system, which currently has thousands of pets ready for adoption.

“Finally, an end to rabbits bred in cruel pet factories who are then trucked to unscrupulous retail animal dealers here in L.A., only to live out their sad lives in a cage. We have high hopes that consumers will now gladly turn to the shelters to adopt homeless and sterilized rabbits,” said President of Bunny World Foundation Lejla Hadzimuratovic.









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Publication/Event date: 2012-10-31
Publication name: CBS Los Angeles
URL for more info: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/10/31/la-city-council-approves-ban-to-keep-stores-from-selling-breeder-pets/
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — By a vote of 13-2 Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council approved a ban that would keep stores from selling commercially bred dogs, cats or rabbits.

Pet lovers will still be able to buy animals directly from breeders.

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A landmark ordinance, spearheaded by CAPS, passed 12 to 2 in Los Angeles prohibiting the sale of commercially breddogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores.

In February of last year, CAPS provided L.A.’s City Council with the results of its two-year investigation into L.A.’s retail pet stores and the California and Midwest commercial breeding factories that supply them. The undercover investigation included video and photographic evidence of puppy mill operators who routinely violated federal law (Animal Welfare Act) as well as state laws to protect animals. CAPS uncovered evidence that L.A.’s pet retailers are currently in business with commercial breeders (puppy mills) who are neglecting and abusing animals, repeatedly violating USDA minimum standards of care. CAPS also discovered that L.A.’s pet stores are fraudulently selling sick and dying animals that come from substandard commercial breeding facilities and misleading consumers.

In addition to its undercover operations, CAPS organized hundreds of protests at Los Angeles pet stores, converting several retailers to a humane business model on which the L.A. ordinance is based. Dogs, cats and rabbits from rescue organizations and our municipal shelter system will now have the opportunity to be adopted by the public in L.A.’s pet stores.

The city attorney’s office has informed CAPS that the sales ban ordinance will officially take effect after next week when it goes for a final vote with a “super majority.”

“After eight years of investigations and protests, we are satisfied and optimistic about breaking the blood money contracts between puppy mill owners who abuse animals and L.A. pet retailers. This ordinance will relieve mill animals and help save the lives of animals who are killed at Los Angeles Animal Services. The 2011-2012 body count is unacceptable, with 9,056 dogs and 12,061 cats killed in our shelters. We are relieved that finally, the cries of L.A.’s shelter animals have been heard. Puppy mills and cruel pet factories will fade into history at last.” Carole Raphaelle Davis, West Coast Director, Companion Animal Protection Society.

“Finally, an end to rabbits bred in cruel pet factories who are then trucked to unscrupulous retail animal dealers here in L.A., only to live out their sad lives in a cage. We have high hopes that consumers will now gladly turn to the shelters to adopt homeless and sterilized rabbits.” –Lejla Hadzimuratovic President of Bunny World Foundation

By: Carole Raphaelle Davis, 
West Coast Director, Companion Animal Protection Society

www.caps-web.org

www.rivierarescue.blogspot.com 

www.hollywooddog.blogspot.com

www.HollywoodJinky.com

More information: 
CAPS Ordinances
CAPS on Barkworks
LA City Ordinance - Council File No. 11-0754
CAPS on Humane Stores
Published in Ordinances
Tuesday, 14 July 2009 20:00

Tennessee Commercial Breeder Act

On July 8th, Gov. Phil Bredesen of Tennessee signed legislation meant to regulate mass breeding facilities. The state finally added a law in its books that requires breeders to give basic humane care to animals and be subject to inspections. The move shows a step forward in the fight against puppy mills and indicates a change in the public's opinion about the issue. Despite the efforts, the change won't eliminate the problem. Lawmakers aren't attempting to outlaw puppy mills, they are trying to regulate breeding facilities.

The bill was significantly weakened by several amendments and revisions. Originally, the proposition placed a limit of 75 intact dogs per commercial breeder which would only affect puppy mills since most reputable breeders are small scale operations. Also, the bill no longer authorizes confiscation of animals or criminal penalties, using civil fines of $50 to $1000 per violation instead.

One of the most important aspects of the law is that large scale commercial operations with more than 20 unsterilized female dogs maintained for breeding purposes must obtain a license from the Department of Health. It establishes that inspections are a prerequisite for licensure as well as abiding by new humane care standards for dogs and cats. The bill also holds the mass breeders accountable by forcing them to adhere to Tennessee Consumer Protection Act, which would allow people who bought sick dogs to seek legal actions against the puppy mill operators.

The bill was first introduced by state Sen. Doug Jackson after witnessing the conditions in a Tennessee puppy mill operated by Patricia Adkisson . The owner of the infamous Tennessee facility was charged with 24 counts of felony aggravated cruelty and nine counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. For more information about the bill, visit the http://www.animallawcoalition.com/companion-animal-breeding/article/68">Animal Law Coalition website or read the bill summary from the Tennessee government website
Published in CAPS News
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 20:00

Angry letter against “BREEDER BASHING”

The following letter proves that CAPS is doing its job:

Deborah,

You AR whacko nut jobs make me sick to my stomach. How dare you try to take away my right to own dogs & cats. How dare you try to take away my right to show & breed dogs. My right to enjoy watching and maybe in the future competing in the Westminster Kennel club dog show. How dare take away my right to buy a well bred, quality pure bred AKC registered dog from health tested champion parents from a good breeder. You people are truly screwed up in the head. If I lived in Glendale that new ordinance would not make me adopt from a shelter or rescue, I'd just go to the next town or next county over and get one or go out of state to purchase my breed of choice from a good breeder. Most of the people who would buy from a pet store would never consider adopting from a shelter in the first place but you are too stupid to realize it. What is so wrong with a person wanting a purebred dog who's parents they get to see & interact with, who's back ground they know about via the pedigree & the breeder vs a dog they know nothing about. Who's to say those mutts they adopted's parents didn't have some kind of genetic health problem or temperament issue, behavior issue that that dog could have inherited and you pawned them off to the bleeding hearts as a good pet. Then the dog goes home settles in and its true aggressive temperament comes out & it attacks the person's kid. Why should I not have the right to go to a good breeder who shows, health tests before breeding, only produces 1-3 litters a year, only allows their girls to have 1 litter a year & only 3 litters in the bitch's life time? You supporting that ban on the sale of pups out of the home doesn't only affect the back yard breeders & Puppy millers but it also affects good responsible, reputable, ethical breeders as well. After all all good breeders do NOT sell to pet stores but sell out of their homes. How are those breeders supposed to find their pups homes if they are not allowed to sell them directly out of their homes? You would be running them out of breeding as well as they would have no choice but to either stop breeding or to move to a more breeder friendly county. Of course that's what you people want, you want all breeding of dogs & cats to cease & want all dogs & cats spayed & neutered out of existence. You cream your jeans at thought of AKC' no longer being in existence. You cherish the thought of no more dog shows. You love the thought of pets being a thing of the past. You love the thought of my grand children being denied the privilege of having a dog of their own. You cherish the idea that all my grand children will have is stories of dogs & cats, where they will see shows like Lassie, Rin Tin Tin & wonder what it was like in the days that every boy had a dog to play with. I despise you for that, I despise you for you trying to dictate where I should get my dog from. I believe I'm capable of making that choice myself. I'm smart enough to know not to buy from a puppy miller, I know the questions to ask & what to look for, I don't need you telling me or trying to get laws in acted to force me to get a dog from a shelter if I don't want to. There are lots of reasons a person would opt to buy instead of adopt. First of all you can't show a shelter dog, second they want a dog for a certain task such as hunting, if I want a rabbit dog then I'm gonna get a dog of a breed I know has a reputation of being good rabbit dogs aka Beagles and I'm gonna want one that was specifically bred & trained for that purpose not some mutt. If I want a protection dog then I'm gonna get a breed that I know has a history & reputation of being a good protection dog aka a Doberman, Rottie, German Shepherd, and I'm gonna choose to buy from someone who specifically breeds them for that purpose & proves it with Schutzhund titles not some shelter mutt. Myself I already own two mutts, my Dachshund X Scottie Buffy who I saved from going to the shelter when she was 5wks old, YES she is spayed & my German Shepherd mix Hobo who was dumped & abandoned near my street by his owner, made his way to my home & set up residence, then captured my heart so I took him in as my own, and took him got his shots, heartworm meds (yes he was heartworm positive & had him neutered, my next dog however will be a show bred AKC registered show potential miniature longhaired Dachshund & will be purchased from a good breeder. Who do you think you are to tell me I can't do so or condemn me for doing so. What you should be doing along with promoting shelters & rescues is promoting good responsible breeders as well. You should be educating people on what to look for, what questions to ask, what should throw up red flags to them if they insist of buying from a breeder so that they can ensure they are buying from a good breeder. Why should good breeders be harmed just because of a few bad seeds, its not right and you know it. More and more people are awakening to you AR whacko nut job, HSUS loving PETAPHILES and your true agenda of no more pets, no more eating meat, no more fishing, no more hunting, no more dog shows, no more cat shows, no more horse races, no more zoos, no more circuses, no more breeding, no more horse shows, no more animal shows of any kind, no more movies portraying animals & we will continue to fight & will continue waking up others. Yes puppy mills are a problem & should be stopped but good breeders need not be hurt in the process. We also know of your pet over population lies & how lots of shelters actually have an under population and are importing dogs from other countries to fill their shelters, how they are stealing innocent breeders' dogs & screaming puppy mill & spouting lies about those breeders to justify the theft of said dogs just to keep their shelters' doors open. We know that true puppy mills are very few & far between & this "Puppy Mill" witch hunt needs to end and end it we will. We hear the stories day in and day out about good breeders who were victimized by you people & the lies you tell to justify your actions. STOP THE VICTIMIZATION OF GOOD BREEDERS, STOP THE BREEDER BASHING. We are breeders NOT criminals!

Sincerely,

Patricia Moore

Published in CAPS News
Saturday, 28 January 2012 19:00

Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill Update

Forwarded from Stop the Suffering:

Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill S.F. 462 (Senator Barb Goodwin) H.F. 702 (Representative John Lesch)
The 2012 Minnesota legislative session began on January 24, and a very important bill needs your help. S.F. 462/H.F. 702 (Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill) was introduced in 2011. It is still alive and has a chance to be heard during the 2012 Minnesota legislative session. Minnesota has no state laws, rules, licensing or regulations to address the care of cats and dogs in commercial breeding facilities. That is why this bill is so important. S.F. 462/H.F. 702 will provide basic licensing and regulation for this industry. A large Coalition of humane societies, rescue groups, animal control, veterinarians, and individuals have been working hard for several years to pass legislation to regulate this industry - plus numerous other supporters, including other humane societies, rescue groups, veterinarians, law enforcement, students, legislators, businesses and community members representing the interests of Minnesota who understand the need for breeder regulation have been working with the Coalition to help pass these bills.

We need YOUR help in raising awareness and educating legislators. Your voice can make a difference in the lives of dogs and cats in Minnesota. See below for bill status, talking points and how you can help.

STATUS AND RECAP OF S.F. 462/H.F. 702
Below is information about the Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill (S.F. 462/H.F. 702).
Bill Status S.F. 462/H.F. 702 was introduced in the 2011 Minnesota legislative session. As Minnesota operates on a two-year legislative cycle (2011-2012), S.F. 462/H.F. 702 can be heard in 2012 - same language and same bill numbers. As soon as the bills are granted a hearing in a committee, we will email you and let you know the names and phone numbers of the committee members for you to contact; and we will send you a short message to convey. It will be important to call them within a day or two of receiving the email to let them know of your support. Be sure to mention the bill numbers and authors’ names because there are multiple breeder bills.

Bill Recap
A recap of what was accomplished in 2011:
Many meetings were held with legislators educating them on inhumane dog and cat breeding in Minnesota and explaining why S.F. 462/H.F. 702 is needed.
Meetings were also held with veterinarians, the Board of Animal Health, the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, large and small breeders, sportsmen/women, and other stakeholders to gather input and provide feedback and information.
Over 40 Minnesota shelters, rescues, and animal control, and the Animal Law Section of the MN State Bar Association support S.F. 462/H.F. 702.
Over 180 Minnesota veterinarians and vet techs have signed letters supporting these bills (more are signing on each week).
Over 7,700 petitions were signed by Minnesotans in 2011 and over 10,000 in 2010 which were all delivered to the constituents’ Senators and Representatives. As petitions arrive in 2012, those will be delivered to legislators as well.

OPPOSITION:
Opposition is strong from agri-business and their associations, some sportsmen/women groups, the National Rifle Association, breeder registries, and some breeders (Reputable breeders already comply with existing Minnesota anti-cruelty laws and understand the need for regulation; they expect that of all breeders).
COALITION:
Coalition members include A Rotta Love Plus, Animal Folks MN, Animal Humane Society, Minnesota Animal Control Association, Minnesota Humane Society, Minnesota Voters for Animal Protection, Minnkota Persian Rescue, Pet Haven Inc. of Minnesota, Prairie's Edge Humane Society, Retrieve A Golden of Minnesota, Second Chance Animal Rescue, Tri-County Humane Society, and individuals.

TALKING POINTS FOR S.F. 462/H.F. 702
The Problem There is no State oversight and there are no State laws, inspections or regulations covering dog and cat breeding facilities in Minnesota; as a result, dogs and cats are harmed by inhumane breeding practices. Minnesota is also among the top producers of puppies in the United States with some of the largest breeding kennels in the nation - housing 300, 600 or over 1,000 dogs and puppies. Kittens, too, are mass-produced in Minnesota.

The conditions can be horrific:
Many dogs and cats living out their lives in small, overcrowded wire cages and bred repeatedly.
Cages are often stacked, allowing feces and urine to fall onto the animals below.
Animals may be malnourished from inadequate food and water.
Animals receive little or no veterinary care, are stressed from constant confinement and neglect, have fleas, worms, etc.
Many have deformed paws, are severely matted, or are burned from sitting and standing in urine and feces.
And, they are rarely, if at all, provided human socialization.

While many breeders in Minnesota act responsibly, there are increasing reports of those who keep dogs and cats in deplorable conditions and who are willing to make a profit at the expense of the animals’ health and wellbeing. The puppies and kittens are then sold to the public and many are sick, diseased, and have genetic problems. In Addition USDA only licenses breeders who sell wholesale Only breeders who breed and deal puppies and kittens wholesale (e.g., pet shops, etc.) are licensed and inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); and USDA inspection reports show multiple ongoing violations and enforcement is lacking.

The vast majority of breeders in Minnesota do not sell to pet stores, but sell directly to the public, such as through websites, parking lots or newspaper ads. None of these activities are regulated. Current "system" is not working Animal anti-cruelty laws exist in Minnesota . But these laws kick in after the cruelty occurs - if someone files a complaint and if action is taken.

Regulation is preventative - allowing authorities to legally inspect breeding facilities so cruelty can be prevented before it occurs. Relying solely on citizen complaints, cruelty investigations and prosecution is time-consuming and costly for local law enforcement, animal control, nonprofit animal shelters and rescue organizations, and the courts. Regulation is a more efficient use of resources.

Sales tax not being paid
Many commercial dog and cat breeders are not paying the required State sales tax on the puppies and kittens sold, resulting in millions of dollars of lost revenue to the State. Other states are already regulated Because our neighboring states (Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska) all have breeder regulation laws on the books, Minnesota will soon become a “safe haven” for inhumane breeders to move.

The Solution:
The goal of breeder regulation is healthy and safe dogs and cats within commercial breeding facilities. S.F. 462 and H.F. 702 address the problem of inhumane breeding by giving the State of Minnesota the authority to:
License - Require commercial dog and cat breeders in Minnesota to be licensed;
Inspect and Enforce - Give legal authority to the Board of Animal Health to inspect commercial dog and cat breeding facilities and enforce existing State laws to ensure animal care standards are met; and
Penalties - Impose civil, administrative and criminal penalties for those who violate the law.

S.F. 462 and H.F. 702 are responsible bills because they address the core problem, work hand-in-hand with existing Minnesota anti-cruelty laws, and have strong support.

ACTION TO TAKE FOR S.F. 462/H.F. 702
Please contact your own State Senator and Representative now. Ask them to support S.F. 462 (authored by Senator Goodwin) and H.F. 702 (authored by Representative Lesch) and educate them on what goes on in Minnesota dog and cat breeding facilities. Getting to know your legislators is important; relationships are key to winning trust and votes. If you don’t know who your State Senator and Representative are (or your district), you can find that information at: http://www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/districts/

To learn more about dog and cat breeding in Minnesota, sign a petition and more, please visit www.animalfolksmn.org

Get Others Involved:
Please ask your family and friends to join this effort by emailing us and requesting to be added to the database – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for caring and getting involved. Stop the Suffering * If you would like to watch other Minnesota bills relating to animals, see below.

OTHER BILLS TO WATCH:
SUPPORT: S.F. 705/H.F. 1098 (authored by Senator John Marty/Rep. Joe Mullery) repeals a very old law that requires publicly funded shelters/impounds to surrender unclaimed stray animals to research facilities that request them. Minnesota is one of only two states remaining that requires this practice. Since MN research facilities have not taken pets from impound facilities in at least 10 years, it is time to repeal this law. As of this date, S.F. 705 passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee in 2011 and was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. H.F. 1098 was heard in the House Agriculture Committee and was laid over for possible inclusion in the Ag. Omnibus bill but was not included in 2011.

OPPOSE: S.F. 1118/H.F. 1369 (authored by Senator Doug Magnus/Rep. Rod Hamilton) is a bill that, among other things, would make it a crime to videotape and show footage taken inside puppy/kitten mills and factory farms. It would criminalize whistle blowing on animal cruelty issues and food safety problems inside these facilities, even for the news media. As you can imagine, there is much opposition from animal welfare organizations, environmental groups, and anyone caring about free speech. This bill has received a lot of negative publicity throughout the United States. To date, neither has received a hearing.

OPPOSE: H.F. 1635 (authored by Rep. Rod Hamilton/no Senate companion as of this date) is a bill that amends the current “Pet Lemon Law” by including nonprofit humane societies and rescue groups under this law and defining them as “pet dealers." The Pet Lemon Law, passed in 1992, is a consumer protection law that was created to regulate for-profit businesses (defined as pet shops, breeders and dealers of dogs and cats). By including humane societies and rescue groups under this law, these organizations would have to follow the same requirements as for-profit businesses, such as conducting two veterinarian exams of each animal (one exam 2 days after receipt of the animal and one exam 4 days prior to the sale), thus incurring additional expenses. Unlike for-profit businesses, nonprofits take in strays, owner surrendered, abused, neglected and seized animals who have varying medical and health conditions. Some animals are old, injured or neglected and require additional vet care (including dogs and cats rescued from breeding facilities). Most nonprofits are not even able to recoup the vet expenses put into the animals they receive. Again, the intent of the Pet Lemon law is to regulate businesses that make a profit from the breeding, dealing and selling of dogs and cats, not to regulate nonprofits that clean up societies' problems.

OPPOSE: H.F. 516 (Rep. Bruce Vogel)/no Senate companion as of this date). The bill removes the mandate to enforce the dangerous dog and stray dog laws and removes the reporting section of the dangerous exotic animal law. All of these changes were a huge concern for public safety reasons and also for the welfare of the animals. The bill was heard in the House Agriculture Committee where there was testimony in opposition by animal control representatives and a letter in opposition from The Wildcat Sanctuary. The bill was held over and not voted on. BUT, Rep. Steve Drazkowski took the dangerous dog and stray dog sections and put them into one of his own bills that had already been introduced and was granted a hearing in the House Government Operations (H.F. 7). At the hearing of H.F. 7, he amended the above troubling language into his bill. There was no one there to testify in opposition but there were some questions asked by committee members. The bill passed that committee and is being watched carefully so that testifiers in opposition will be able to attend the next committee hearing.
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