CA Action Alert (Updated): AB 485 Scheduled for Committee Hearing July 17 – Contact Members Now!

It is imperative that all California residents contact the members of the Committee and their state senator and express opposition to AB 485, which is scheduled for consideration by the State Senate Committee on Business, Professions, and Economic Development on Monday, July 17. The bill seeks to prohibit pet retailers from selling pets (including dogs, cats and rabbits) unless the animals were obtained from a public animal control agency or shelter, a shelter maintained by a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, a humane society shelter, or a nonprofit rescue or adoption organization. AKC emphatically supports freedom of choice in selecting a pet, and opposes any measure that restricts choice by compelling people and/or retailers to obtain pets solely from shelter or rescue distributors.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Assembly Bill 485—which seeks to prohibit pet retailers from selling pets (including dogs, cats and rabbits) unless the animals were obtained from a public animal control agency or shelter, a shelter maintained by a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, a humane society shelter, or a nonprofit rescue or adoption organization—is scheduled for consideration by the State Senate Committee on Business, Professions, and Economic Development on Monday, July 17.  (The originally-scheduled hearing in June was postponed.)  It is imperative that all California residents contact the members of the Committee and their state senator and express opposition to AB 485.  Those who have already made contact are encouraged to contact the committee members again to express opposition. 

Talking Points Against AB 485:

  • AB 485 harms responsible pet breeders and retailers who are regulated under federal and/or state laws, while encouraging the sale of pets that come from unlicensed and unregulated sources that are not subject to federal animal welfare or California consumer protection laws.
     
  • AB 485 will ban the sale of pets from known, regulated and inspected sources, and restrict pet shops to only sell pets from unregulated and uninspected sources (i.e., shelters, rescues, and other similar organizations).  
     
  • AB 485 will dramatically reduce average Californians' access and ability to choose a pet with the predictable type, mandated care, and substantiated health background that come with purebred pets from regulated sources.  Individuals who lack the resources or do not have access to private hobby breeders will be the most directly impacted.    
     
  • Because many communities lack sufficient local breeders to meet the demand for the specific pets desired by local residents, California families seeking a puppy that is a specific breed from a professional breeder subject to USDA or state animal welfare standards will likely have little other alternative than to obtain a pet of unknown background, health history or status if AB 485 becomes law.  If California consumers are limited to acquiring a pet that is an inappropriate fit for their lifestyle, that animal is more likely to cycle back into the shelter system.
     
  • AB 485 does not require shelters or rescues to supply pet shops with dogs to sell.  A lack of supply will prove economically disastrous for these businesses and the people who are employed by them.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) emphatically supports freedom of choice in selecting a pet. AKC actively promotes efforts to ensure that people are educated, understand the demands of responsible ownership and have access to a pet that is right for them. AKC strongly opposes any measure that restricts choice by compelling people and/or retailers to obtain pets solely from shelter or rescue distributors.  

Read: Why All Californians Need to Worry About AB 485. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Californians are strongly encouraged to contact the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee, and express opposition to AB 485.  The Committee may be reached by phone at (916) 651-4104 or by fax at (916) 266-9343.  Individual committee members may be reached as noted here:

State Senator Jerry Hill, Chair -
Capitol Office Phone: (916) 651-4013
San Mateo Office Phone: (650) 212-3313
Webmail: https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=SD13&inframe=Y

State Senator Jean Fuller, Vice Chair -
Capitol Office Phone: (916) 651-4016
Bakersfield Office Phone: (661) 323-0443
Yucca Valley Office Phone: (760) 228-3136
Webmail: https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=SD16&inframe=Y

State Senator Bill Dodd -
Capitol Office Phone: (916) 651-4003
Napa Office Phone: (707) 224-1990
Vacaville Office Phone: (707) 454-3808
Vallejo Office Phone: (707) 551-2389
Santa Rosa Office Phone: (707) 576-2093
Webmail: https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=SD03&inframe=Y

State Senator Cathleen Galgiani -
Capitol Office Phone: (916) 651-4005
Stockton Office Phone: (209) 948-7930
Modesto Office Phone: (209) 576-6273
Webmail: https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=SD05&inframe=Y

State Senator Steven M. Glazer -
Capitol Office Phone: (916) 651-4007
Orinda Office Phone: (925) 258-1176
Antioch Office Phone: (925) 754-1461  
Webmail: https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=SD07&inframe=Y

State Senator Ed Hernandez -
Capitol Office Phone: (916) 651-4022
West Covina Office Phone: (626) 430-2499
Webmail: https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=SD22&inframe=Y

State Senator Josh Newman -
Capitol Office Phone: (916) 651-4029
Brea Office Phone: (714) 671-9474
Webmail: https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=SD29&inframe=Y

State Senator Richard Pan -
Capitol Office Phone: (916) 651-4006
Sacramento (N. Street) Office Phone: (916) 651-1529
Sacramento (Florin Road) Office Phone: (916) 262-2904
Webmail: https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=SD06&inframe=Y

State Senator Scott Wilk -
Capitol Office Phone: (916) 651-4021
Lancaster District Office Phone: (661) 729-6232
Santa Clarita District Office Phone: (661) 286-1471
Victorville District Office Phone: (760) 843-8414
Webmail: https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=SD21&inframe=Y

Californians are also strongly encouraged to begin contacting their state senator and express opposition to AB 485.  Use AKC's Legislative Action Center to contact your state senator with your concerns about AB 485.  Click the banner at the top of the page to begin.  

For more information, read Why Pet Shop Laws Affect You

For more information on AB 485, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at doglaw@akc.org