Your editorial on California's healthy pet act is the product of ignorance or motivated by financial gain from the thousands of classified ads paid for by back-yard breeders.
There will never be a shortage of mixed breed dogs, even with spay/neuter legislation. Sixty-five thousand pets were slaughtered last year in the Valley, more than 500,000 in California. It will take years to end the mass destruction of pets. This legislation is not a "bone" for the breeding industry; breeders oppose it because they do not want to pay the proposed fees. Animal control agencies favor it because fees generated will fund spay/neuter costs and enforcement.
Currently we waste millions of taxpayer dollars on sheltering and euthanasia. Preventing over-breeding will drastically reduce these costs. This legislation addresses the horror of what irresponsible owners have forced animal control agencies to deal -- needlessly slaughtering puppies, kittens and healthy pets. Take a look at your beloved "Fido," now ponder the fact that 300 just like him were killed today in this Valley. Maybe your staff should take a field trip to the "kill room" at the local SPCA for a real education. Support AB 1634 to end this moral crisis.
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Board Member, H.O.P.E.