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Virginia House Bill 1570, which seeks to mandate the spaying or neutering of companion animals, has...

Virginia House Bill 1570, which seeks to mandate the spaying or neutering of companion animals, has been assigned to the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources. Though the bill is currently not scheduled for consideration, it remains imperative that breeders and concerned dog owners in Virginia contact their Delegate and ask them to oppose this legislation.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Write or call the members of the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources, and ask them to oppose HB 1570. Please address your correspondence to:

Delegate _____________________
General Assembly Building
P.O. Box 406
Richmond, VA 23218

Committee:

Harvey B. Morgan, Chairman
Phone: (804) 698-1098
email: DelHMorgan@house.state.va.us

R. Lee Ware, Jr., Vice-Chairman
Phone: (804) 698-1065
email: DelLWare@house.state.va.us

Robert D. Orrock, Sr.
Phone: (804) 698-1054
email: DelBOrrock@house.state.va.us

Edward T. Scott
Phone: (804) 698-1030
email: DelEScott@house.state.va.us

Daniel W. Marshall, III
Phone: (804) 698-1014
email: DelDMarshall@house.state.va.us

Matthew J. Lohr
Phone: (804) 698-1026
email: DelMLohr@house.state.va.us

Charles D. Poindexter
Phone: (804) 698-1009
email: DelCPoindexter@house.state.va.us

James M. Shuler
Phone: (804) 698-1012
email: DelJShuler@house.state.va.us

Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr.
Phone: (804) 698-1000
email: DelLLewis@house.state.va.us

Robert W. Mathieson
Phone: (804) 698-1021
email: DelRMathieson@house.state.va.us

M. Kirkland Cox
Phone: (804) 698-1066
email: DelKCox@house.state.va.us

Beverly J. Sherwood
Phone: (804) 698-1029
email: DelBSherwood@house.state.va.us

Thomas C. Wright, Jr.
Phone: (804) 698-1061
email: DelTWright@house.state.va.us

Christopher B. Saxman
Phone: (804) 698-1020
email: DelCSaxman@house.state.va.us

Clarke N. Hogan
(804) 698-1060
email: DelCHogan@house.state.va.us

Brenda L. Pogge
Phone: (804) 698-1096
email: DelBPogge@house.state.va.us

Kenneth R. Plum
Phone: (804) 698-1036
email: DelKPlum@house.state.va.us

Albert C. Eisenberg
Phone: (804) 698-1047
email: DelAEisenberg@house.state.va.us

Stephen C. Shannon
Phone: (804) 698-1035
email: DelSShannon@house.state.va.us

David L. Bulova
Phone: (804) 698-1037
email: DelDBulova@house.state.va.us

Margaret G. Vanderhye
Phone: (804) 698-1034
email: DelMVanderhye@house.state.va.us

Joseph F. Bouchard
Phone: (804) 698-1083
email: DelJBouchard@house.state.va.us
 



Mandatory Spay/Neuter Bill Introduced in Virginia

[Monday, January 21, 2008]

Delegate Robert Hull has introduced Virginia House Bill 1570, a bill which seeks to mandate the spaying/neutering of companion animals. If passed and signed into law, the changes imposed by this bill would be detrimental to responsible dog breeders and owners while having no impact on any pet population issues. It is imperative that breeders and concerned dog owners contact their Delegate and ask them to oppose this legislation.

The American Kennel Club opposes the concept of breeding permits, breeding bans, or the mandatory spay/neuter of purebred dogs. Instead, we support reasonable and enforceable laws that protect the welfare and health of purebred dogs and do not restrict the rights of breeders and owners who take their responsibilities seriously.

HB 1570 would:

  • Require every new owner of a dog or cat purchased from a Virginia dealer to have the animal spayed or neutered.

  • Require every Virginia dealer to either sell already-spayed or -neutered animals, or to sell animals pursuant to a spay/neuter agreement that, with little exception, would have to be enforced within 30 days of sale.

  • Define "breed improvers," "fancier breeders," and "hobby breeders," and exempt those who qualify as such from the provisions of the bill.

  • Provide civil fines for non-compliance ($150, plus costs) or for fraudulent claim of exemption (up to $1,000).

 

HB 1570 attempts to make an unnecessary statutory distinction between purebred dogs produced by certain breeders and purebred dogs produced by those classified as dealers. The AKC believes that all breeding programs should be undertaken responsibly for the purpose of preserving breed characteristics and producing healthy, well-socialized puppies. Responsible breeders are expected to give careful consideration to health issues, temperament, and genetic screening, as well as to the individual care and placement of puppies in responsible homes. The AKC supports these and other responsible breeding practices through breeders' education programs, and commends those who offer similar guidance. HB 1570 illogically attempts to punish many responsible breeders who adhere to these standards because of a simple statutory distinction. Additionally, HB 1570 fails to address pet population issues that derive from irresponsible dog breeders or dogs imported from outside of Virginia.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Virginia residents should express their vehement opposition of HB 1570 to their representative in the House of Delegates, and urge them to do the same.

  • For a list of Delegates' Capitol Offices addresses, go here. Please address your correspondence to:

    Delegate ____________________
    General Assembly Building
    P.O. Box 406
    Richmond, VA 23218

  • For a list of Delegates' telephone contacts, go here.

  • For a list of Delegates' e-mail addresses, go here.

For more information, please contact the AKC's Canine Legislation Department at (919) 816-3720, or e-mail doglaw@akc.org.

Please return to AKC.org regularly for the latest updates regarding Virginia HB 1570.

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