Please be sure to also read Shere Crossman's essay below mine. Shere is a breeder/exhibitor of Exotic Shorthairs in NY, and she has also bred and shown both dogs and horses in the past.
I'm not sure if everyone is aware, but this ordinance just passed committee and is going to the CA legislature for a vote. If passed, ALL pets in the state of CA must be neutered by the age of 4 months - there are NO exceptions for breeders or show quality animals. IF this bill becomes law it will not only put all breeders in the State of CA out of business, but it will effectively end all showing of cats and dogs by residents of CA except for altered cats. No altered dogs can be shown. No association can support showing with only Alters (TICA) (Premiership in CFA)
This is already catching on in Texas where they are in the premilinary stages of drafting a similar bill.
(I have not had time to verfify the info about Texas yet, but I was given the info a few days ago by a friend/breeder in CA)
These lawmakers who are voting for this bill do not seem to realize that if this passes and eventually moves on to all states, there will be NO MORE dogs or cats bred in the United States, and all shows will eventually fold along with the registering agencies as the only pets allowed will be neutered cats and dogs already born (or those of pregant queens/bitches) when this bill goes into effect.
What does that mean?? I suppose the only access to purebred dogs and cats will come from other countries. I wonder if they will add legislation to stop the import of unaltered animals from foreign countries. My guess is that this will follow closely on the passage of legislation for pets in the U.S.
This sounds extreme, and it is! But sadly, the lawmakers behind this bill are either ignorant to the longterm effects of the bill, or they don't care.
Think of all the businesses that will be affected in addition to breeders. There will eventually be no need for small animal vets as within 20 years of passing this in each state there will, in effect, be no more cats or dogs other than those imported -- and at a premium price I might add. What about all the pet food manufacturers? PetCo? PetSmart? Pet Supplies for Less? What about the places like Revival? Pet Edge? etc. What about suppliers of other pet accessories? Groomers? Pet sitters? Dog walkers? Even if these lawmakers hate dogs and cats, are they thinking of the millions of people they are putting out of work? Are they thinking of the economic ramifications of destroying the multi-billion dollar pet industry?
And are they thinking of the joy they are taking from those of us to love and pamper these little 2-4 ounce babies and raise them into loving pets or outstanding show prospects?
We need to unite to stop this before it spreads like a wildfire.
Write to your congressional representatives, and urge them to stop this. Cite all of the people who will be hurt by these laws in addition to rights that are being denied Americans.
If we don't act now, these people will take the rights of breeding and pet ownership away from all American citizens.
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If you count dog ownership among your civil rights, you're living in a Blue Dog State of mind.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Outsourcing Pet Owner Privacy for Profit
Lloyd Levine's mandatory castration proposal could lead to record corporate profits -- pet owners are in the crosshairs
Has your personal information been databanked ?
Read it and weep, California pet owners. Last week we did a little speculating on enforcement strategies for Lloyd Levine's radical proposal to surgically sterilize every single pet dog and cat in the entire state of California.
But that was then, and this is now. The beat goes on.
The Mother of All Databases is already a reality
PetData Inc., a private corporation in Irving, Texas, already collects information on law-abiding citizens who happen to own pets. They say they have already databanked information on 2 million residents in more than 20 U. S. communities, and four entire counties. Matthews, North Carolina, just joined the ranks of municipalities contracts with PetData.
Your personal privacy on the auction block
If you live in a community that outsourced animal licensing functions to PetData, you may not even realize it yet. When you vaccinate your cats and dogs for rabies, your vet forwards the details to PetData Inc.
Your name, your address, your contact information. And your dog's, or cat's, veterinary information--including reproductive status. It all goes into for-profit PetData Inc.'s privately-owned, privately-controlled database.
>From rabies vaccination to Animal Control at the door --two shakes of a lamb's tail!
These California communities already contract with PetData--
* Dana Point
* San Clemente
* San Luis Obispo
* County of San Luis Obispo
* County of Solano
If you live in one of these California municipalities or counties, your local elected officials struck a deal with PetData. For a modest fee, PetData is doing the animal licensing enforcement for your community. If you vaccinate an unlicensed pet, you're going to hear from PetData.
But it gets better.
PetData can kick back and watch the profits roll in
Matthews, North Carolina, is paying them $3.75 for each one year license they collect on.
That's just the beginning.
Its the aftermarket sales that are going to be most valuable to PetData.
PetData is building itself one hell of a marketable databank. Not just for California, either. Check out the website. Albuquerque signed a five year contract with PetData.
But in a world where greed is good. . . who cares? Its the American way. Plus, your dog or cat is already neutered. You're not breaking any laws. Life is good. Right?
The New York Times reports that its virtually impossible to find housing in Manhattan--where housing vacancy rates hover in the very low single digits-- if your household includes a dog that weighs over 20 lbs. If you've got more than one dog or cat? Fuhgeddaboutit.
Gawd knows insurance companies are itching to drop dog owners. They just have to find 'em.
But Gonad Nazis on a mission ? Oooh, baby! PetData is marketing the reports it can run from the data it collects. Need a list of households with intact dogs or cats in Riverside, California? Shazaam!
Not paranoia. Not a conspiracy theory. They are coming for you. And certain sensitive parts of your pets.
The Humane Society of the United States, the largest, wealthiest animal extremist organization in the country--one that is dedicated to eliminating pet ownership-- is already using PetData as a mouthpiece.
Will municipalities increasingly outsource law enforcement responsibilities to profit-motivated private organizations? Ones with no public accountability?
As a private corporation, PetData's employees are responsible to their own Board of Directors. We the People don't get to vote on what they do, or how they do it.
Meanwhile, back at the Nanny-State nursery
Poor, clueless Lloyd Levine.
Levine -- the pro-choice Democrat, representing a pro-choice constituency in a pro-choice state -- who wants to deny pet owners any choices.
Levine-the-liberal -- now turned animal extremist poop-boy-- intent on bringing fascism to the homes of California dog and cat owners.
Maybe freedom of choice and the right to privacy really don't matter to Lloyd Levine. Or maybe he thinks its okay to deny these liberties to "certain people", like pet-owning Californians.
But I'm thinking the 60+ percent of Californians that own cats and dogs would kick his butt from one end of the state to the other if they knew what AB 1634 really means to them, and to the pets they love.
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