schwarzeneggerHey Californians, does Gov. Schwarzenegger have something against dogs and companion animals? First he proposes a bill to tax vet services as luxuries, luckily that didn’t pass, then he passes a law to kills animals faster in shelters and now he’s vetoed the puppy mill bill, AB 241, after it passed through the assembly and senate with pretty much flying colors; assembly 59-17 and the senate 25-9.

I mean c’mon, you, the people wanted it, you let your legislators know and they backed and now he decides not to listen to you.  This is what he had to say as he vetoed it and passed it back;

“This measure would make it a crime for any person or entity to own or control more than 50 unsterilized adult dogs or cats for breeding or raising for sale as pets.

“I support measures designed to prevent animal cruelty and that punish persons engaged in the abuse of animals. However, this measures simply goes too far in an attempt to address the serious problem of puppy mills.

“Instead this measure, has the potential to criminalize the lawful activities of reputable breeders, pet stores, kennels and charitable organizations engaged in raising service and assistance dogs.

“For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill.”

California has got a huge deficit and one of his ways to combat that was to cut the time shelters hold animals from 6 days to 3 days. This would have helped to cut the numbers of animals that wound up in shelters thus cutting animal control costs. On top of that, puppy mills busts cost states 10s and 100s of thousands of dollars to rescue and care for rescued animals.

The bill, AB 241 – The Responsible Breeders Act, was not directed at animal shelters, pet stores, veterinarians, groomers or boarding facilities as he noted when he tossed it out. It also didn’t affect raising service and assistance dogs. It would have made a serious impact on commercial breeders, puppy millers and pet overpopulation that led to nearly a million pets in shelters every year, half or more which are killed.

More and more states are finally taking the puppy mill problem seriously and enacting legislation for more humane standards, to limit the number of dogs and creating standards and penalties. I just don’t get it, who’s been whispering bullshit in his ear… or promising to fill some pockets??

He talks about this impacting “responsible breeders,” how many truly responsible breeders own that many adult dogs for breeding purposes? I’m familiar with a few and trust me, they have only a few adult for breeding because they are given the top care and love like family in most cases, not stuck away in some kennel in a cage, bred again and again. There’s nothing responsible about that.

Californians, I think someone needs to educate your Gov. or else you need to get him out of office if you care about companion animals at all! 

Californians, you need to take action! Please contact the Office of Gov. Schwarzenegger at 916-445-2841 and tell him what you think of his latest move to keep puppy mills and allow animals to suffer in those hells!

Additional Contact Info

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-445-2841
Fax: 916-558-3160

Or you can email him via the contact page HERE

This Doesn’t Only Affect California

And my friends, if you think this impacts only California and Californians, think again.  Dogs bred in puppy mills don’t always stay in the state, they are shipped all over and when there’s a puppy mill bust, puppies and dogs are often sent to shelters and rescues all over so that they have a chance to find good homes.

So this means not only do Californians need to contact their Gov., everyone does!  Animal and dog lovers everywhere need to let him know their “disappointment” in his assinine assumptions and move!!


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