From Lifesaving to Lame
What was the California Healthy Pets Act has become “Dogs and Cats—Nonspayed or Unneutered: Civil Penalties”—a far cry from the lifesaving legislation that was originally presented to the California Legislature last year.
Although we can support the amended and nearly not recognizable bill because it implements some spaying and neutering of animals (only following running at large and impoundment multiple times), it completely ignores the breeders who are bringing more animals into this world when 6 to 8 million enter our nation’s animal shelters each year. These shelters must put to death nearly 4 million dogs and cats every year because of simple math: too many animals and not enough worthy adoptive homes.
Learn more about PETA’s ABC campaign here.
This new bill sends a message that the overpopulation of cats and dogs isn’t at a crisis level and isn’t something that every single litter impacts in a very negative way. Buying an animal from a breeder adds up to killing a homeless animal in an animal shelter. Yet vital legislation that will help reduce the overpopulation crisis in California was changed so drastically that it doesn’t even address a major component of the crisis: Breeders kill shelter dogs’ chances.
It’s time we hold accountable those who are major contributors to the death of millions of animals each year. Organizations like the American Kennel Club (AKC) continue to oppose lifesaving spay/neuter legislation, even though there are exemptions that allow breeding with permits, as AB 1634 did. No one hates euthanasia more than the shelter workers who are forced to hold the syringes, yet it is really folks like the breeders from the AKC who are responsible for the killing. Really, breeders, how do you sleep at night?
See our animal birth control (ABC) campaign for more information.
Posted by Christine Dore