Schwarzenegger vetoes two pet-related bills

October 11, 2009 at 11:47 pm Leave a comment

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AB 241 and AB 243 got the veto this afternoon. (Links go to bill language, in PDF format.)

AB 241 set the limit of intact animals a “breeder” could own at 50,  with advocates arguing that anyone who had that many intact animals or more was, in effect, not able to care for them properly and was, as such, a puppy mill.  A reasonable assumption in many but not all cases, and one that should not have focused solely on people with intact animals. Again, intact animals aren’t necessarily being used for breeding, and can be kept from doing so without surgery in any case.  The presence of an animal’s reproductive system is not in and of itself a badge of irresponsible pet ownership, and I want people to start realizing that — even if spay-neuter really is the best choice for most pets and most owners.

AB 243 made what is now a  judge’s option in sentencing mandatory, that those found guilty of animal cruelty not be allowed to own animals again.

Interesting to see if there’s further comment from the governor’s office on these.  And still waiting on others as the governor pushes to meet his deadline.…

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