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Lloyd E. Levine Press Release

Lloyd E. Levine Press Release

Levine, Barker, California Healthy Pets Coalition, Kick off Year Two of Assembly Bill 1634 Effort

AB 1634 Saves Taxpayers Millions of Dollars, Cuts the Need to Euthanize Millions of Animals, and Relieves Overcrowded Animal Shelters

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Lloyd Levine (D-Van Nuys) today was joined by legendary television star Bob Barker and many members of the California Healthy Pets Coalition in re-launching Assembly Bill 1634 — the California Healthy Pets Act — a measure that aims to prevent the needless killing of hundreds of thousands of animals a year, while simultaneously saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

The measure, which cleared two Assembly Committees and was ultimately passed on to the Senate by the full Assembly, is currently in the Senate Local Government Committee where it will be heard in early 2008.

“Since the end of the legislative session, our coalition has been working with stakeholders and other members to strengthen Assembly Bill 1634,” said Assemblymember Levine, who also serves as Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Animal Welfare. “At the same time, we’ve continued to keep the door open to listen to the legitimate concerns of the bill’s detractors. I am confident that with the work we’ve put in, 2008 is going to be a successful year for our bill, which in turn means good things for our state’s budget and animal shelters.”

AB 1634 asks that most dogs and cats in the State of California be spayed or neutered. More than 20 common sense exemptions are provided in the bill, including for show and sporting dogs, law enforcement dogs, dogs used in search and rescue, pets that are too old or in poor health, and guide, service and signal animals.

The bill is largely modeled upon a successful mandatory spay and neuter ordinance that the County of Santa Cruz implemented in 1995. By 2005, although the county’s human population had grown by 15%, its shelter’s intake numbers had plummeted by well over 50%, the majority of which were already spayed or neutered. This clear success has inspired other jurisdictions, including the Counties of Lake, Los Angeles and Stanislaus, to adopt similar measures.

“The facts of this issue are really very simple. We have overcrowded shelters that are costing the taxpayers millions of dollars annually,” said Judie Mancuso, Sponsor/Campaign Director for the California Healthy Pets Coalition. “This is the right legislation at the right time — a common-sense, humane and taxpayer-friendly solution to a real and costly problem. The needless killing of over 500,000 healthy animals and the waste of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars each year must end. With both the state and local governments facing critical budget decisions, we need to look for savings wherever we can.”

The California Healthy Pets Act is supported by elected officials, law enforcement agencies, city and county agencies, humane societies and SPCAs, veterinarians and veterinary hospitals, national animal welfare organizations, California rescue organizations, and thousands of individuals and organizations, with more joining the cause every day. For more information on the measure, please visit our Web site at www.cahealthypets.com.

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December 5, 2007 - Posted by | Pet Legislation

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