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Oregon Breeders Bill to be Considered Today, Mon., Feb. 23rd!

(Monday, February 23, 2009)

Oregon House Bill 2470 will be considered by the House Consumer Protection Committee today, Monday, February 23, at 3 PM in House Room E at the Capitol, 900 Court Street NE, Salem, 97301. The bill, part of a national agenda aimed at severely limiting the responsible breeding of dogs, does not address the needs of Oregonians, but would impose unreasonable limits on dog ownership, harsh requirements for responsible dog breeders, and unfair consumer protection provisions. These provisions do nothing to address problems associated with irresponsible dog ownership or breeding, but would punish responsible dog breeders with undue restrictions and requirements. The American Kennel Club, encourages all concerned responsible dog breeders and owners in Oregon to attend Monday’s committee hearing to voice your opposition to HB 2470; or alternatively, to contact your elected officials in Salem and the committee members who will consider this bill and respectfully yet strongly urge them to not report HB 2470 out of committee.

The American Kennel Club’s mission includes working to protect the rights of all dog owners and promoting responsible dog ownership. The AKC strongly supports the humane treatment of dogs, including providing an adequate and nutritious diet, clean living conditions, regular veterinary care, kind and responsive human companionship and training in appropriate behavior. The AKC believes that numerical limits do not address the underlying issues of responsible ownership and proper dog care. Instead, the AKC supports reasonable and enforceable laws that protect the welfare and health of dogs without restricting the rights of owners or breeders who take their responsibilities seriously.

In addition to its many problematic provisions, if enacted, House Bill 2470 would:

  • Define any breeder who sells more than 20 dogs, or 3 litters in a year, as a "pet dealer".
  • Limit anyone from possessing more than 25 intact dogs four months of age or older.
  • Impose significant and cumbersome operational requirements on all dog owners who own 10 or more intact dogs.
  • Mandate record-keeping requirements and certain disclosures at time of sale.
  • Require breeders to comply with an unreasonable consumer protection term of two years.
  • Exempt shelters, veterinarians, pet stores, and research facilities from new standards of care.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

The American Kennel Club encourages as many responsible dog breeders and owners as possible to attend the committee hearing on February 23. Here are the details:

Oregon House Consumer Protection Committee Hearing
Monday, February 23, 2009
3:00 p.m.
Capitol, House Room E
Salem, Oregon 97301

We also urge all responsible dog breeders and owners in Oregon to contact their elected representatives and respectfully urge them to oppose House Bill 2470; and to contact the members of the House Consumer Protection Committee and strongly urge them to not report HB 2470 out of committee.

For tips on testifying before the House Consumer Protection Committee, please click here.

For a sample letter to personalize, please click here.

For an e-mail form that will automatically e-mail your elected representatives, please click here.

To find out whom your elected representatives are, please click here.

House Consumer Protection Committee Members
Representative Brent Barton
900 Court St. NE, H-386
Salem, OR 97301
PHONE: (503) 986-1451
E-MAIL: brentbarton@state.or.us

Representative Jean Cowan
900 Court St. NE, H-376
Salem, OR 97301
PHONE: (503) 986-1410
E-MAIL: jeancowan@state.or.us

Representative Vic Gilliam
900 Court St. NE, H-384
Salem, OR 97301
PHONE: (503) 986-1418
E-MAIL: vicgilliam@state.or.us

Representative Paul Holvey
900 Court St. NE, H-275
Salem, OR 97301
PHONE: (503) 986-1408
E-MAIL: paulholvey@state.or.us

Representative Wayne Krieger
900 Court St. NE, H-381
Salem, OR 97301
PHONE: (503) 986-1401
E-MAIL: waynekrieger@state.or.us

Representative Greg Matthews
900 Court St. NE, H-379
Salem, OR 97301
PHONE: (503) 986-1450
E-MAIL: gregmatthews@state.or.us

Representative Chuck Riley
900 Court St. NE, H-274
Salem, OR 97301
PHONE: (503) 986-1429
E-MAIL: chuckriley@state.or.us

Representative Carolyn Tomei
900 Court St. NE, H-279
Salem, OR 97301
PHONE: (503) 986-1441
E-MAIL: carolyntomei@state.or.us

Representative Jim Weidner
900 Court St. NE, H-387
Salem, OR 97301
PHONE: (503) 986-1424
E-MAIL: jimweidner@state.or.us

Representative Matt Wingard
900 Court St. NE, H-474
Salem, OR 97301
PHONE: (503) 986-1426
E-MAIL: mattwingard@state.or.us

RESOURCES:
For tips on how to effectively communicate with legislators, please click here. For a copy of our Disagree Diplomatically brochure, please click here.

For more information on this or other legislation, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or E-mail doglaw@akc.org.

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