Two measures of concern to Hawaii’s dog owners, breeders, and residents who may wish to acquire...
Two measures of concern to Hawaii’s dog owners, breeders, and residents who may wish to acquire a puppy from a responsible local breeder in the future are pending in House committees:
SB2492 – OPPOSE
HCR141 – SUPPORT
House Concurrent Resolution 141 (SUPPORT) would convene a task force for “the purposes of preventing future instances of animal cruelty by large-scale commercial dog breeders” and “protecting the public from purchasing sick and unhealthy dogs.” The task force would also consider whether revised legislation or other alternatives will prevent future cases of animal cruelty. Three positions on the task force would be designated for dog fanciers. HCR141 has been assigned to the House Committee on Economic Revitalization and Business (ERB).
Senate Bill 2492 (OPPOSE), a problematic and overreaching dog breeder bill, has passed the Senate and is scheduled to be heard by the House Judiciary Committee (JUD) on March 22, 2012. Among other concerns, this bill:
Contains requirements that are detrimental to the responsible keeping and welfare of dogs.
Would consider every owner of ten intact dogs over the age of four months to be a “large scale breeding facility,” even if the owner breeds no litters and sells no puppies.
Would enact breeding restrictions, including a prohibition on breeding a male or female dog over the age of 8 years.
Would prohibit owning more than 30 intact dogs over the age of one year. Proponents of the bill are seeking amendments that would prohibit owning more than 30 intact dogs over the age of six months.
Additional burdensome provisions of SB2492 are noted in AKC’s letter of concern. Click here to review the letter.
(A similar bill, SB2494, which also includes problematic enforcement provisions, has been deferred. The AKC continues to monitor this bill.)
What you can do:
Contact members of the House Judiciary Committee (JUD) and politely ask them to OPPOSE Senate Bill 2492. Contact information for committee members appears below.
Contact members of the House Committee on Economic Revitalization and Business (ERB) and ask them to SUPPORT House Concurrent Resolution 141. Contact information for committee members appears below.
Please note that Representatives Brower, Marumoto, McKelvey, and Tsuji are members of both committees.
House JUD Committee – for opposition to SB2492
Rep. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Chair
Rep. Rida T. R. Cabanilla
Rep. Mele Carroll
Rep. Denny Coffman
Rep. George R. Fontaine
Rep. Robert N. Herkes
Rep. Ken Ito
Rep. Sylvia Luke
Rep. Barbara C. Marumoto
Rep. Angus L. K. McKelvey
Rep. Joseph M. Souki
Rep. Cynthia Thielen
Rep. Cliff Tsuji
House ERB Committee – for support of HCR141
Rep. Angus McKelvey, Chair
Rep. Isaac W. Choy, Vice Chair
Rep. Karen L. Awana
Rep. Tom Brower
Rep. Cindy Evans
Rep. Mark J. Hashem
Rep. Barbara C. Marumoto
Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto
Rep. Kymberly Marcos Pine
Rep. James Kunane Tokioka
Rep. Clift Tsuji
Contact the AKC Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The American Kennel Club strongly supports the humane treatment of dogs, including providing an adequate and nutritious diet, clean living conditions, regular veterinary care, kind and responsible human companionship, and training in appropriate behavior. The AKC supports reasonable and enforceable laws that protect the welfare and health of dogs without restricting the rights of owners and breeders who properly maintain their dogs.
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