CALLING CALIFORNIA LEGISLATORS: AB 485 IS A BAD IDEA!

Government overreach will punish the wrong people.

California Assembly Bill AB 485, now headed for the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development, has been set for hearing on Monday, June 26, 2017.   Please contact them now, and voice your concerns.  With this committee, letters can only be submitted via fax, mail or hand delivery.  There is no electronic means available.  If your organization plans to submit a letter, the week of the 12th is the time to send it.  Contact information is as follows: Address:  Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development, State Capitol, Room 2053, Sacramento, CA 95814   Phone: (916) 651-4104, Fax:  (916) 266-9343

In Southern California ALONE, (Greater Los Angeles Basin and San Diego as well as points east to the California border with Arizona) a detailed analysis was done which revealed there are approximately 684 active rescues, shelters and humane societies within the region. Taking into consideration just these figures for Southern California alone, retail pet stores which AB 485 targets, comprise less than 3% of businesses dealing in dogs, cats and rabbits. If one were to include all rescues/humane societies/shelters/sanctuaries state-wide, the percentage would be a fraction of a percent.  

Most all Rescues/Humane Societies/Shelters are ALL non-profit, pay NO taxes, and if large enough to own land and buildings, are not required by the State of California to pay property taxes. In other words, they operate with impunity and many have administrative staff who earn six figure incomes.

Now one has to ask, how is it that there are so many rescues/shelters/humane societies/sanctuaries in operation when the spay/neuter campaign has been very effective state-wide and nationally and our domestic pet population is dwindling? Additionally, if this campaign to spay/neuter has been as successful as indicated, shouldn’t the “rescue industry” be scaling back, instead of growing like a cancer?

One of the key answers lies in current sourcing for the animals that keep these agencies going. The rescue business has morphed into a HUGE industry. There are still a few small honest rescues who have the best of intentions but their cause has been taken over, hijacked and rebranded by multi-million dollar organizations. 

These deep pocket organizations with the big dollars can afford their own facilities and money talks.  They influence lobbyists and legislators, are spreading like wildfire and now even compete with one another for adoptable dogs and puppies because they have run out of domestic stock to keep their businesses going.  Many are now now looking forward, branching out into the area of animal control.

San Diego Humane Society is a prime example.  They have been slowly swallowing up independent humane societies, animal services and municipally contracted services in the Greater San Diego region.  They now have their sites on San Diego County Animal Control which happens to have a fat contract with the City of San Diego.  San Diego Board of Supervisors has decided to contract out animal services and this will go through a bidding process.  Of course San Diego Humane Society will be submitting a bid and will most likely be awarded that huge contract - especially since theirs is the only game in town with that capability and they already conduct animal control in several smaller municipalities.  Their goal is to have a monopoly over all animal services within the county from cradle to grave.  Eventually, it will be their way, or the highway.  Meanwhile, they continue acquiring dogs through their large foster program and importation from other states and countries.  Talk about icing on the cake!

While our city and county shelters languish away with unwanted pit bulls and Chihuahuas, these big organizations have taken to looking elsewhere for “desirable” dogs and have imported thousands of street dogs from third world countries – all the while pushing the mantra, “Don’t breed or buy while shelter dogs die” and “All retail store dogs come from deplorable puppy mills”, over and over again.  These statements are controlling, prey on the heart strings of a naive and gullible public and could not possibly be further from the truth.

Take a good look at this article titled, “Dog Rescues Import Disease to U.S.” which can be seen here: http://joeforamerica.com/2016/03/rescues-push-foreign-disease-ridden-dogs/

An excerpt from this article is worth mentioning. It is a very sobering eye opener.

“Some rescues admit they are importing plane loads of foreign dogs, others blame mythical overpopulations in other areas of this country to hide the source of their animals. A huge imported dog pipeline exists from Mexico through California, and then shipped north to Utah, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Canada. Besides importing from California, Washington [State] imports from India and other Asian countries.
These shelters and rescues will promote that they saved these dogs from overcrowded California shelters to hide the fact that the dogs actually came from South America or Asia. Another huge import pipeline comes through Asia, India, the Bahamas, Aruba, Guam, and Puerto Rico shipping dogs to the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and others states and the dogs are then shipped north to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and New England as saved from an “overcrowded southern shelter.”

These animals are washed through several shelters and each report them as “intakes” inflating the numbers of dogs reported as being in American shelters and hiding the true origin of the dog.”

We are now seeing more canine influenza (the H3N2 strain, linked to dogs imported from Korea and now ravaging Florida, Georgia and moving into Tennessee, after it had affected several Midwest states), as well as an uptick in brucellosis, rabies and leptospirosis, a deadly bacterial disease not found in dry climates, but now showing up in places like Tucson, Arizona. http://tucson.com/news/local/pet-owners-advised-to-avoid-udall-dog-park-due-to/article_2f28aaff-3517-5b53-b546-b9e5a979a7c8.html.  

County of Los Angeles Department of Public has issued a warning to all veterinarians and established an online database which clearly reveals the source of this flu and implores veterinarians to report cases.  It can be viewed here.  

The Polanco-Lockyer Pet Breeder Warranty Act is a California State law that applies to sales of dogs within the State. Unfortunately, this law does NOT apply to money making adoptions through rescues/humane societies/sanctuaries/shelters. These organizations operate pretty much with impunity.

California State law requires that all non-profit organizations register with the California Attorney General as charities. A high percentage of rescue organizations do not. Additionally, a large percentage of these non-profit organizations are delinquent in their mandatory yearly filing requirement with the IRS.  We, as citizens of this country have to file our taxes yearly or we are fined.

RESCUE IS A HUGE UNCONTROLLED INDUSTRY AND OUR LEGISLATORS ARE BUYING INTO IT WHEN THEY SUPPORT THIS VERY BAD BILL.

At the very least, RESCUES/HUMANE SOCIETIES/SHELTERS SHOULD BE HELD TO THE SAME STANDARDS AS BREEDERS AND RETAIL PUPPY STORES IN THIS STATE AND JUST AS IS REQUIRED FOR RETAIL STORES, RESCUES/HUMANE SOCIETIES/SHELTERS SHOULD ALSO BE REQUIRED TO REVEAL THE SOURCE OF THEIR ANIMALS!

ASSEMBLY BILL 485 IS WRONG AND WILL DO INCALCUABLE DAMAGE TO THE ALL ASPECTS OF PET OWNERSHIP AND FREEDOM OF CHOICE!  Californians need to urge their senate representatives to vote NO on this bill!

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