This is what the Animal Rights have to say about this bill. They LOVE It.
SACRAMENTO, CA - FEBRUARY 24, 2009 - Social Compassion in
> Legislation, in conjunction with Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez
> (D-Shafter), today announced a new spay and neuter state bill, SB
> 250 -- The Pet Responsibility Act.
> "Every year in California, approximately one million pets enter into
> our shelters and more than half are killed," said Judie Mancuso,
> founder of Social Compassion in Legislation. "The fact that pets
> are not required to be spayed and neutered statewide causes massive
> unwanted breeding and a major pet overpopulation crisis. This new
> bill will not only help save the lives of millions of loving
> animals, it will also help save money for California taxpayers.
> It's a win-win for everyone."
> Joined at the Capitol by animal welfare advocates and celebrities
> from hit shows like The Bachelor and Rock of Love, the bill aims to
> drastically reduce the half million cats and dogs that are
> euthanized in California shelters each year. The policy change will
> benefit the California taxpayers who spend a quarter of a billion
> dollars housing and killing unwanted pets each year, as well as the
> shelter workers who must deal with that sad reality each day.
> "From a moral and ethical perspective, I was shocked at how we can
> even think of tolerating the killing of half a million pets every
> year," said Matt Grant, first international bachelor from ABC's The
> Bachelor. "From my financial background, I was also amazed at how
> we can even afford it. $250 million is a hell of a lot of money."
> "As a rescuer, I have looked into the eyes of dogs and cats knowing
> that they will never get to live with a human who loves them and
> knowing that their days are numbered," said Lacey Conner from VH1's
> hit show Rock of Love and Charm School, and founder of Heroes K9
> Rescue. "To me it is obvious to pass a law that requires people to
> spay and neuter their pets."
> SB 250, authored by Senator Florez, provides a reasonable, fiscally
> responsible step towards reducing pet overpopulation. The bill
> simply requires that dogs be spayed or neutered in California unless
> their owner/guardian obtains an unaltered dog license when they
> license their animal. SB 250 also requires that roaming cats be
> spayed and neutered by their owner/guardian. The bill number SB 250
> was chosen because over $250 million dollars is spent housing and
> euthanizing homeless dogs and cats in California.
> "We cannot understand how anyone could turn away from a solution
> like SB 250," Brenda Mitchell, humane educator for the Central
> California SPCA. "For over six decades we have been trying to
> educate our community and still we have to decide which really great
> dog should be allowed one more day, which wonderful house cat is
> worth saving. The answer is simple, all of them, every last one."
> "But the underlying problem remains; there are still too many dogs
> and cats entering California's shelters," said Dr. Allan Drusys,
> Riverside County Department of Animal Services. "More animals than
> the public can adopt. More animals than the shelters themselves are
> designed to handle. And far too much euthanasia of these unwanted
> pets is taking place. This is simply a supply side problem and a
> reduction in the fertility rate of the entire population is in order."
> Please consider donating to SCIL. 100% of your donation goes to
> legislative goals in California, including spay and neuter
> legislation and anti-puppy mill legislation.
Together, we will make California a humane model for the nation.
> Best regards,
> Judie Mancuso