Friday, May 18, 2007

California Proposed Spay/Neuter Bill

CA Healthy Pet Act, AB 1634 Category: Pets and Animals

Elected representatives have a duty to evaluate legislation for the benefit of the people they represent and to the government they serve. And to do the most good with the money that is entrusted to them. It continues to amaze me when I see poorly written legislation such as the CA Healthy Pet Act, AB 1634 and the current Senate Bill S. 1082 which would adversely effect dietary supplement and natural remedies (

In an effort to educate the people of California, as well as the rest of the nation, this site points out problems with the California legislation.

There has been a massive influx of response to the officials, and the overwhelming majority are against the proposed legislation, but they still seem reluctant to believe that the masses of people could be right! If you are in California, it would be to your benefit to contact your representative. If snail mail is the preferred method of communication, try to use a postcard or fax instead of an enclosed letter which might have to undergo screening before arriving to its recipient.

The National Animal Interest Alliance has a 12-page article posted on their website outlining both the benefits and the associated risks with early alterations. There is a wealth of information on the subject to be found online, not just in conjunction with this bill and I would encourage people to do research before determining when they prefer to alter their pets. Obviously, we encourage spaying and neutering and animal population control, but the timing should be made to the animal's benefit, and according to the ultimate purpose of the animal. Not because legislation is micro-managing owner decisions.

If this legislation passes in California, I'll be very disappointed in the leaders of that state and their inability to truly evaluate all aspects of the decisions they make. Let's just hope that the leaders of the other 49 states are a little smarter...

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