Help Win $10K to Fight CA AB 1634!

April 18, 2008 at 8:17 pm 3 comments

Our friend Nemo has been helping PetPAC defeat AB 1634 by meeting with Legislators. Today he is asking for your help on behalf of PetPAC and all pet owners.

Nemo has been entered into the Bissell Company’s MVP contest (Most Valuable Pet). The grand prize is $10,000 donated to a pet cause of the winner’s choice. If he wins, Nemo is going to donate his prize to PetPAC’s lobbying efforts to defeat AB1634.

Please click on the photo below to vote for Nemo.

It costs nothing and only takes a few seconds. With your vote for Nemo today, you will help us raise awareness on PetPAC’s mission of a grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the rights of pets and their owners.

Assembly Bill 1634 is a disastrous piece of legislation that will force nearly all family dogs and cats in California to be surgically sterilized before they are six months old.

Authored by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, AB 1634 will create a convoluted maze of government permits, hefty fees and punitive fines that will not decrease animal shelter populations or euthanasia rates. It will, however, take scarce funds from caring for animals to pay for an overreaching bureaucracy that will be expensive to administer, impossible to enforce, and is guaranteed to fail.

The stated goal of AB1634 is to control unwanted animal populations in California.  However, current data shows that as the human population of the state grew from 20 million to 36 million over the past 30 years, the number of animals impounded at shelters has dropped by over 37% in that same time period.  Pet populations traditionally increase along with human populations, so this data suggests that existing spay and neuter programs and public education have had a positive impact in reducing the number of animals sent to shelters. Here are a few more important points to consider:



  • AB 1634 is modeled after a similar law in Santa Cruz County where mandatory spay/neuter was enacted in 1995. Since then, the County’s animal control expenses have more than doubled – up 109%. And while shelter intakes were reduced by 22%, the statewide average reduction was 26%.
  • In Monterey County, MD, more than 10,000 licenses for unaltered pets were issued the year before mandatory spay/neuter was adopted, and only 743 licenses the year after it took effect. The law has since been repealed.
  • In the year since the City of Los Angeles enacted a mandatory spay/neuter law, the dog and cat shelter population has increased for the first time, reversing a 5-year downward trend. Shelter expenses have also increased.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Caveat  |  April 19, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    Maybe I’m dopey (maybe?) but I haven’t been able to find the page for voting.

    Can you enlighten us?

    I’ll post something on Caveat, too.

  • 2. SmartDogs  |  April 19, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Click on the photo of Nemo.

  • 3. Caveat  |  April 20, 2008 at 4:54 am

    I think it’s that my IP address is Canadian or that my cookies are blocked to sites that collect information about me without my consent.

    I can’t get to the US site. Ah well, hopefully my one vote won’t matter!

    We must fight MSN – it’s the new BSL.

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