Hawaii SB2504 Would Outlaw Sale of Any Unsterilized Dog

A bill has been introduced in Hawaii that would prohibit selling or giving away an unsterilized cat...

A bill has been introduced in Hawaii that would prohibit selling or giving away an unsterilized cat or dog.


The Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee and Economic Development and Technology Committee (CPN/EDT) have scheduled a public hearing on Senate Bill 2504  on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.  

Importation of dogs to the Hawaiian Islands is limited and strictly regulated.  If all cats and dogs sold or given away must be sterilized, it calls into question where citizens of Hawaii will obtain future generations of pets.  Every Hawaii resident who wishes to have the choice to own a dog or cat in the future should contact the committee members and respectfully state opposition to SB2504.


Problematic provisions of this bill include, but are not limited to:

  • The definition of “pet seller” includes any person who sells pets to the public. 

  • It would be unlawful for a “pet seller” to sell or give away an unsterilized cat or dog. This would include any person who sells, gives away, or exchanges an unsterilized dog under any circumstances.

  • Responsible breeders could be limited to breeding dogs currently in their possession, leaving them with few options to introduce new bloodlines and create healthy expansion of their gene pools.

  • The definition of “pet seller” excludes humane societies, animal control, rescue and care organizations, thereby exempting such organizations from the provisions of the bill.


The American Kennel Club (AKC) strongly supports and actively promotes a wide range of programs to educate the public about responsible purebred breeding practices and the responsibilities of dog ownership. The AKC opposes the concept of breeding permits, breeding bans or 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 meet their responsibilities.



All concerned residents of Hawaii should immediately contact members of the CPN/EDT Committees and respectfully ask them to vote no on SB2504. Contact information is listed below. 

You can indicate your opposition online by clicking here.  Type SB2504 in the box under “Enter a measure to retrieve the corresponding hearing notice” and follow the instructions.  You may also submit comments (referred to as “testimony”) via the online form.  Testimony may be submitted up to 24 hours prior to the scheduled hearing. The hearing notice and information on submitting testimony can be viewed here

Concerned citizens are also encouraged to attend the public hearing to state opposition to SB2504. 


Hearing Information:

DATE:     Tuesday, February 7, 2012
TIME:       9:00 a.m.
PLACE:   Conference Room 229, State Capitol, 415 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96813


Contact Information for Committee Members: 

Senator Rosalyn H. Baker
Chairman, Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection

Senator Brian T. Taniguchi
Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection

Senator Carol Fukunaga
Chairman, Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology

Senator Glen, Wakai
Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology

Senator Brickwood Galuteria

Senator Josh Green

Senator Clarence K. Nishihara

Senator Sam Slom

Senator Malama Solomon