Yesterday, the Oklahoma Senate voted 45-2 to approve Senate Bill 349, which makes positive changes to breeder reporting requirements.
The bill repeals a section of the Commercial Pet Breeder’s and Animal Shelter Licensing Act that requires commercial breeders to file a yearly report with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) that specifies the number of intact female animals held at the facility and other information about breeding operations from the prior year. The bill will now be considered by the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
Current law requires commercial breeders to apply for licensure every year and to complete a report at the conclusion of each license year. According to the bill sponsor and the ODAFF both the application for licensure and the yearly report requires the reporting of similar information, which has created a redundancy for the ODAFF that unnecessarily takes time and resources away from other functions of the Department.
If signed into law, this bill will ultimately lessen the reporting burden on commercial pet breeders in Oklahoma.
What You Can Do:
Dog breeders in Oklahoma should contact their state representative and respectfully urge them to support SB 349. Contact information for Oklahoma state representatives can be found here.
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