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Ask the Senate to Support Positive Changes to Oklahoma's Breeder Laws

(Tuesday, April 03, 2012)

Oklahoma House Bill 2921, which makes several positive changes to the state’s commercial pet breeder law, has passed the Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and could be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate any day.

There is a possibility that some amendments could be offered to weaken some of the changes in this bill. Responsible dog owners and breeders in Oklahoma are urged to contact their state senator, and respectfully ask them to support House Bill 2921 as currently written. Click here to find the contact information for your state senator (Be sure to contact your state, rather than your federal Senator). When contacting your State Senator, make sure to mention that you are a constituent.

Summary:

The Oklahoma Commercial Pet Breeders Act passed in 2010 created numerous enforcement and compliance challenges. While House Bill 2921 does not address every issue, it does make several positive changes, including dissolving the controversial Commercial Pet Breeder Board and placing oversight with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry. Read AKC’s previous Legislative Alert for more information on HB 2921.

The AKC Government Relations Department (AKC GR) will continue to closely monitor this legislation and provide updates as they become available. For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720, or e-mail doglaw@akc.org; or contact Dr. Denise Travis of the Oklahoma Animal Interest Alliance (AKC’s Oklahoma state federation) at dogdoc88@flash.net.