By: Patti Strand  Date: 01/8/2012 Category: | Animal Legislation | Canine Issues |

Dog and cat breeders and other fanciers conducted a successful grass roots campaign against SB 1373, a California bill that had dire consequences for breeders and did nothing to protect the welfare of animals.

The bill required registration of breeders, microchip identification of all dogs sold in the state, the use of registration numbers in all advertising, and reporting names and addresses of buyers to local animal control authorities. It was sponsored by Senator Jack O’Connell, who also introduced a bill that would have allowed animal rights groups to provide ‘humane education’ curriculum to public schools in the state. That bill died earlier in the year.

The American Kennel Club congratulated fanciers for their diligence and hard work.

“This victory would not have been possible without the countless purebred dog owners who contacted their Senators and expressed their opposition to SB1373 not once, but on several occasions,” AKC noted on its website. “Your strong grassroots campaign convinced legislators that SB1373 would only have placed expensive, intrusive burdens on hobby breeders while doing little to benefit California pet purchasers.”

NAIA, the Cat Fanciers Association, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, The Animal Council, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the California Humane Association, the National Pet Alliance, and the California Animal Control Directors Association joined AKC in opposition.

Supporters of the bill included People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the Animal Legislative Action Network, the Animal Defense League, Doris Day Animal League, The Fund for Animals and many other animal rights groups.

This is O’Connell’s last term in the state senate, but the bill could be reintroduced again next year by a new sponsor.

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Patti Strand - NAIA President

Patti is a recognized expert and consultant on contemporary animal issues, most notably responsible dog ownership and the animal rights movement. She often appears on radio and television and her articles on canine issues, animal welfare, public policy and animal rights have appeared in major US news publications and in trade, professional and scientific journals. Patti and her…

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