NC AKC SAYS URGENT EMAILS NEEDED AS HB 733 IS NOW SB 460

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NC AKC SAYS URGENT EMAILS NEEDED AS HB 733 IS NOW SB 460

Post by ncbeagler » Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:11 pm

NC UPDATE: SENATE BILL 460 COULD BE HEARD THIS WEEK



[April 28, 2009]



The AKC Government Relations Department has learned that Senate Bill 460, which seeks to regulate breeders, could be heard in the Senate Commerce committee on Thursday, April 30, or early next week. It is essential that all North Carolina responsible dog owners and breeders contact the Senate Commerce Committee TODAY and express your opposition to Senate Bill 460.



The American Kennel Club opposes Senate Bill 460 as introduced. The bill infringes on the rights of responsible dog breeders in North Carolina, and would allow for warrantless inspections of private homes and property.



The AKC opposes the following provisions of SB 460 as introduced:



Defines “commercial breeder” as “any person who, during any 12-month period, maintains 15 or more adult female dogs for the primary purpose of the sale of their offspring as companion animals. However, neither terms “adult” nor “companion animals” are defined in the bill or statutorily, which makes this definition, as currently worded, vague. Additionally, the numerical threshold contained in the definition could reasonably affect many hunting and performance kennels in the Tarheel State.
Calls for the NC Board of Agriculture to develop standards of care, including exercise, veterinary care, housing, and record-keeping, at commercial breeding operations. However, these standards would be different from standards created for animal shelters, boarding kennels, and pet shops.
Limits those classified and licensed as commercial breeders to breeding dogs only between 18 months and eight years of age, without regard to alternative means of reproduction or the health of female dogs not falling into the prescribed age range.
Subjects commercial breeding operations to unannounced inspections, including potential warrantless searches of licensees’ homes. Denial of inspections/searches is ground for license revocation and seizure of dogs, regardless of the care being given to the dogs.


The North Carolina Animal Welfare Act, as provided in Article 3 of Chapter 19A of the North Carolina General Statutes, already effectively deals with animal abuse or mistreatment, making the substance of SB 460 unnecessary.



WHAT YOU CAN DO:



Contact the members of the Senate Commerce Committee. Ask them to oppose Senate Bill 460.


Senate Commerce Committee Contact Information



Click on the committee member’s name to view the mailing address.



Sen. R.C. Soles, Jr. (Chair)

Phone: (919) 733-5963

E-mail: RC.Soles@ncleg.net



Sen. Floyd McKissick, Jr. (Vice Chair)

Phone: (919) 733-4599

E-mail: Floyd.McKissick@ncleg.net



Sen. David Hoyle (Vice Chair)

Phone: (919) 733-5734

E-mail: David.Hoyle@ncleg.net



Sen. Tony Rand (Vice Chair)

Phone: (919) 733-9892

E-mail: Tony.Rand@ncleg.net



Sen. Tom Apodaca

Phone: (919) 733-5745

E-mail: Tom.Apodaca@ncleg.net



Sen. Philip Berger

Phone: (919) 733-5708

E-mail: Phil.Berger@ncleg.net



Sen. Doug Berger

Phone: (919) 715-8683

E-mail: Doug.Berger@ncleg.net



Sen. Harris Blake

Phone: (919) 733-4809

E-mail: Harris.Blake@ncleg.net



Sen. Julia Boseman

Phone: (919) 715-2525

E-mail: Julia.Boseman@ncleg.net



Sen. Peter Brunstetter

Phone: (919) 733-7850

E-mail: Peter.Brunstetter@ncleg.net



Sen. Debbie Clary

Phone: (919) 715-3038

E-mail: Debbie.Clary@ncleg.net



Sen. Katie Dorsett

Phone: (919)715-3042

E-mail: Katie.Dorsett@ncleg.net



Sen. Tony Foriest

Phone: (919) 301-1446

E-mail: Tony.Foriest@ncleg.net



Sen. James Forrester

Phone: (919) 715-3050

E-mail: James.Forrester@ncleg.net



Sen. Linda Garrou

Phone: (919) 733-5620

E-mail: Linda.Garrou@ncleg.net



Sen. W. Edward Goodall

Phone: (919) 733-7659

E-mail: Eddie.Goodall@ncleg.net



Sen. Steve Goss

Phone: (919) 733-5742

E-mail: Steve.Goss@ncleg.net



Sen. Malcolm Graham

Phone: (919) 733-5650

E-mail: Malcolm.Graham@ncleg.net



Sen. Neal Hunt

Phone: (919) 733-5850

E-mail: Neal.Hunt@ncleg.net



Sen. Jim Jacumin

Phone: (919) 715-7823

E-mail: Jim.Jacumin@ncleg.net



Sen. Clark Jenkins

Phone: (919) 715-3040

E-mail: Clark.Jenkins@ncleg.net



Sen. Martin Nesbitt, Jr.

Phone: (919) 715-3001

E-mail: Martin.Nesbitt@ncleg.net



Sen. William Purcell

Phone: (919) 733-5953

E-mail: William.Purcell@ncleg.net



Sen. Bob Rucho

Phone: (919) 733-5655

E-mail: Bob.Rucho@ncleg.net



Sen. Larry Shaw

Phone: (919) 733-9349

E-mail: Larry.Shaw@ncleg.net



Sen. Josh Stein

Phone: (919)715-6400

E-mail: Josh.Stein@ncleg.net



Sen. Richard Stevens

Phone: (919) 733-5653

E-mail: Richard.Stevens@ncleg.net



Sen. Don Vaughan

Phone: (919)733-5856

E-mail: Don.Vaughan@ncleg.net

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Re: NC AKC SAYS URGENT EMAILS NEEDED AS HB 733 IS NOW SB 460

Post by TC » Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:54 pm

Just received the alert from SAOVA as well, they are working diligently on this one and several others across the nation.

NORTH CAROLINA ACTION ALERT



SB 460 Commercial Dog Breeders introduced by Senator Don Davis (D, Wayne/Pitt/Greene) is scheduled to be heard in the Commerce Committee on Thursday, April 30 at 9:00 AM, room 1027 LB



BILL SYNOPSIS

SB 460 defines as commercial anyone who has custody or control of more than 15 female dogs over the age of four months at any time. The bill establishes standards for care at commercial breeding operations, including requirements which will be written by the NC Department of Agriculture at a later date, for exercise, veterinary care and record keeping. The bill mandates that commercial breeders cannot breed female dogs less than 18 months or more than eight years of age. SB 460 mandates that an adult female dog cannot be bred without an annual certification from a licensed veterinarian that the dog is in suitable health for breeding.



** TALKING POINTS **



* The bills define as commercial anyone maintaining 15 females during the span of 12 months – does not say intact females, does not define what age is considered adult.



* Thousands of North Carolina citizens breed dogs without creating problems and they do not require state inspections. This is reactive legislation to the recent closure of a substandard kennel. The kennel closure and removal of dogs is evidence that current law adequately dealt with the situation.



* The potential exists for warrantless searches of a citizen's home and kennel while inspecting dogs to determine if license is required.


* SB 460 assumes that an owner of 15 or more dogs is not capable of managing and maintaining their animals in good health without state intervention. It is wrong to use a numerical basis to begin excessive regulation of dog breeders; numbers do not correlate to quality of care. Laws for animal welfare and to prevent animal-cruelty are already in place to protect all animals whether it is one dog or one hundred.



* The requirement for annual veterinary certification of suitable health for breeding is very vague. Certification could require anything from routine physical exam to an expensive panel of blood tests and x-rays. There are no standardized, specific laboratory tests or specialized reproductive examination procedures that are suitable for assessing the health status of bitches for breeding. No other species has this pre-breeding regulation in place. This provision only serves to make breeding dogs more expensive and more complicated. The decision to breed or not breed a dog should remain at the discretion of the owner and not become a legislative mandate.



* Bill supporters claim that small hobby breeders will not be affected. This is not true. Supporters claim the only reason to have 15 females is for mass producing puppies, i.e. continually breeding each female. Also not true. The bill supporters are activists, NOT dog breeders and have no firsthand knowledge of building or maintaining a breeding program. It is quite possible for someone to have 15 females without constantly producing puppies.



* Promoted with the usual anti-puppy mill hype and emotion, the bill focuses on labeling dog breeders, i.e., commercial=puppy mill to justify this over-the-top legislation. The term puppy mill has been promoted by animal rights activists in the same manner as a racial slur to cast a negative picture on the whole industry of breeding dogs; the goal is to eventually make all the words interchangeable, commercial=puppy mill=breeder.



* The cost to dog owners/breeders for construction of commercial grade facilities to meet state requirements will be enormous. It is irresponsible for legislators to force this expense on citizens who are already financially stressed in the current recession.

* There is no hard evidence that substandard kennel conditions are rampant throughout the state. It is pure conjecture for anyone to discuss whether dogs are housed in adequate or substandard conditions. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture estimates 79 kennels are likely to have 15 females; however, this does not automatically correlate to those kennels being substandard and/or in need of state intervention and regulation.



* The Fiscal Note on SB 460 has been provided by the Fiscal Research Division with input from NC DACS. The Department’s Animal Welfare Section estimates costs to implement a regulatory

program are a staggering quarter of a million dollars for this year and increase to almost a half million dollars going forward with virtually no income. With a state budget shortfall in excess of three billion dollars and government programs being cut, it is the height of irresponsibility to burden NCDA with this initiative.



ACTION IS NEEDED NOW! PLEASE CALL AND EMAIL SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND OPPOSE SB 460:



Sen. R.C. Soles, Jr. (Chair)

Phone: (919) 733-5963

RC.Soles@ncleg.net



Sen. Floyd McKissick, Jr. (Vice Chair)

Phone: (919) 733-4599

Floyd.McKissick@ncleg.net



Sen. David Hoyle (Vice Chair)

Phone: (919) 733-5734

David.Hoyle@ncleg.net



Sen. Tony Rand (Vice Chair)

Phone: (919) 733-9892

Tony.Rand@ncleg.net



Sen. Tom Apodaca

Phone: (919) 733-5745

Tom.Apodaca@ncleg.net



Sen. Philip Berger

Phone: (919) 733-5708

Phil.Berger@ncleg.net



Sen. Doug Berger

Phone: (919) 715-8683

Doug.Berger@ncleg.net



Sen. Harris Blake

Phone: (919) 733-4809

Harris.Blake@ncleg.net



Sen. Julia Boseman

Phone: (919) 715-2525

Julia.Boseman@ncleg.net



Sen. Peter Brunstetter

Phone: (919) 733-7850

Peter.Brunstetter@ncleg.net



Sen. Debbie Clary

Phone: (919) 715-3038

Debbie.Clary@ncleg.net



Sen. Katie Dorsett

Phone: (919)715-3042

Katie.Dorsett@ncleg.net



Sen. Tony Foriest

Phone: (919) 301-1446

Tony.Foriest@ncleg.net



Sen. James Forrester

Phone: (919) 715-3050

James.Forrester@ncleg.net



Sen. Linda Garrou

Phone: (919) 733-5620

Linda.Garrou@ncleg.net



Sen. W. Edward Goodall

Phone: (919) 733-7659

Eddie.Goodall@ncleg.net



Sen. Steve Goss

Phone: (919) 733-5742

Steve.Goss@ncleg.net



Sen. Malcolm Graham

Phone: (919) 733-5650

Malcolm.Graham@ncleg.net



Sen. Neal Hunt

Phone: (919) 733-5850

Neal.Hunt@ncleg.net



Sen. Jim Jacumin

Phone: (919) 715-7823

Jim.Jacumin@ncleg.net



Sen. Clark Jenkins

Phone: (919) 715-3040

Clark.Jenkins@ncleg.net



Sen. Martin Nesbitt, Jr.

Phone: (919) 715-3001

Martin.Nesbitt@ncleg.net



Sen. William Purcell

Phone: (919) 733-5953

William.Purcell@ncleg.net



Sen. Bob Rucho

Phone: (919) 733-5655

Bob.Rucho@ncleg.net



Sen. Larry Shaw

Phone: (919) 733-9349

Larry.Shaw@ncleg.net



Sen. Josh Stein

Phone: (919)715-6400

Josh.Stein@ncleg.net



Sen. Richard Stevens

Phone: (919) 733-5653

Richard.Stevens@ncleg.net



Sen. Don Vaughan

Phone: (919)733-5856

Don.Vaughan@ncleg.net





Additional talking points and contact information are available on the SAOVA website

http://www.saova.org/northcarolina2.html and North Carolina Responsible Animal Owners Alliance [NCRAOA] http://www.ncraoa.com/alertsSB460.html



Please share this message widely.

Susan Wolf
Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance - http://saova.org
Issue lobbying and working to identify and elect supportive legislators
From Field to Show and Show to Field the way it should be

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Re: NC AKC SAYS URGENT EMAILS NEEDED AS HB 733 IS NOW SB 460

Post by ncbeagler » Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:08 pm

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