Monday, March 30, 2009

OR- HB 2470 to be considered Monday, March 30th at 3:00

Oregon Alert! HB 2470 To Be Considered Monday, March 30

Oregon House Bill 2470, which seeks to severely limit the responsible breeding of dogs, will be heard by the Oregon House Consumer Protection Committee on Monday, March 30. The American Kennel Club and its Oregon federation, the National Animal Interest Alliance, both strongly oppose HB 2470, and encourage all concerned responsible dog breeders and owners in Oregon write or e-mail the committee members. Respectfully let them know that you oppose HB 2470.

House Bill 2470:

* Defines any breeder who sells more than 20 dogs, or 3 litters in a year, as a "pet dealer".

* Limits anyone from possessing more than 25 intact dogs four months of age or older.

* Imposes significant and cumbersome operational requirements on all dog owners who own 10 or more intact dogs.

* Mandates record-keeping requirements and certain disclosures at time of sale.

* Requires breeders to comply with an unreasonable consumer protection term of two years.

* Exempts shelters, veterinarians, pet stores, and research facilities from new standards of care.

The American Kennel Club and the National Animal Interest Alliance encourage all responsible dog breeders and owners to attend the committee hearing on March 30. Here are the details:

Oregon House Consumer Protection Committee Hearing
Monday, March 30, 2009
3:00 p.m.
Capitol, House Room E
Salem, Oregon 97301

We also urge all responsible dog breeders and owners in Oregon to contact their elected representatives and respectfully urge them to oppose House Bill 2470; and to contact the members of the House Consumer Protection Committee and strongly urge them to not report HB 2470 out of committee.

For tips on testifying before the House Consumer Protection Committee, please click here.
For a sample letter to personalize, please click here.

For an e-mail form that will automatically e-mail your elected representatives, please click here.

To find out whom your elected representatives are, please click here.

House Consumer Protection Committee Members:
Representative Paul Holvey, Chair
900 Court St. NE, H-275
Salem, OR 97301
PHONE: (503) 986-1408
Representative Chuck Riley, Vice-Chair
900 Court St. NE, H-274
Salem, OR 97301
PHONE: (503) 986-1429
Representative Jim Weidner, Vice-Chair900 Court St. NE, H-387
Salem, OR 97301
PHONE: (503) 986-1424
Representative Brent Barton
900 Court St. NE, H-386
Salem, OR 97301
PHONE: (503) 986-1451
Representative Jean Cowan
900 Court St. NE, H-376
Salem, OR 97301
PHONE: (503) 986-1410
Representative Vic Gilliam
900 Court St. NE, H-384
Salem, OR 97301
PHONE: (503) 986-1418
Representative Wayne Krieger
900 Court St. NE, H-381
Salem, OR 97301
PHONE: (503) 986-1401
Representative Greg Matthews
900 Court St. NE, H-379
Salem, OR 97301
PHONE: (503) 986-1450
Representative Carolyn Tomei
900 Court St. NE, H-279
Salem, OR 97301
PHONE: (503) 986-1441
Representative Matt Wingard900 Court St. NE, H-474
Salem, OR 97301
PHONE: (503) 986-1426


Anonymous said...

Would you have 20, 30, 50 babies?
What is wrong with you people? The AKC is just out for the buck too. They protect the breeders. They have an excuse for everything. Dogs are living, breathing, creatures. Man's best friend! They don't have a choice. They look to you for love and comfort, yet they're locked in cages to bred for your buck. Find a new job! If your dog is in a cage, you should be shacked up right next to him. Here let me throw you a scrap.

I Love Dogs said...

Dear Anonymous,

Well now, of course what you suggest is “almost” impossible.

Is your issue the number of babies, or how you think these dogs live? They are different issues.

Do you have children? How many times have you been pregnant? Let’s just say that you have 3 children- so you have had 3 pregnancies. Many breeds of dogs have 10 + puppies in a litter (without fertility treatments I might add). 3 pregnancies for them could easily = 30 puppies.

What do you think about these women who have having babies after babies? I think the women in 18 kids and counting is SICK! 18 kids means that she has been pregnant for 13.5 years of her life. I don’t know how old she is- but I would say she qualifies as a “baby mill”. Right now there is a “movement” among conservative Christians (the Quiverfull movement) promoting families of lots (8-12 +) children. Being pregnant that many times really takes its toll on a women. Based on these few women, maybe we ought to pass a law saying, “no one should be allowed to have more than 2 children or the number of healthy, productive, working, adults in the home- which ever is less.” Creating laws that capture “everyone” who participate in some activity (breeding dogs or having children) is not addressing the problems. The problem is abandonment by the people who buy dogs to be a part of the family- then decide they can’t keep the dog.

I hope that you spend as much energy on human issues as you do on this one- I would suggest you volunteer at a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, half-way house, foster home, or other “shelter for people”. There are an awful lot of “abandoned people” who could really use your passion.