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Old 07-02-2005, 06:07 PM
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not sure if this has been posted anywhere yet, but it is a concern near and dear to me:

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Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 12:13:07 -0700
From: jason <[email protected]>
Subject: CA SB 861 Breed Specific Legislation

Attention All California dog owners... your rights are being infringed on...

Say NO to breed discrimination in CA! Say No to SB 861.

SB 861 is a bill introduced by Senator Jackie Speier and advocated by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom to amend California's "NO BREED DISCRIMINATION" Law.

If SB 861 passes, communities in California will be allowed to make breed-specific legislation (BSL) that restricts the ownership of certain breeds of dogs. In other states that allow BSL, the follow breeds have been restricted or banned:
American Pit Bull Terriers
American Staffordshire Terriers
Staffordshire Bull Terriers
Rottweilers
American Bulldogs
Chow-Chows
Dobermans
Rottweilers
German Shepherds
Akitas
Alaskan Malamutes
Great Danes
Contact the following persons to express your opposition to SB 861:
The Honorable Gavin Newsom
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (415) 554-6141; Fax: (415) 554-6160

The Bill's Author: Senator Jackie Speier
[email protected]
fax: 916.327.2186; phone: 415-445-0503

The co-author:
Senator Noreen Evans
phone: 916 319 2007; fax: 319-2107

The Local Government Assembly Committee initially hearing the Bill:
Assembly Member Simon Salinas (D) [Chair]
Phone:916-319-2028, Fax 916-319-2128
Email: [email protected]

Assembly Member Bill Emmerson (R) [Vice-Chair]
Phone: 916-319-2063, Fax 916-319-2163
Email: [email protected]

Assembly Member Assembly Member Hector De La Torre (D)
Phone: 916-319-2050, Fax 916-319-2150
Email: [email protected]

Guy S. Houston (R)
Phone: 916-319-2015, Fax 916-319-2115
Email: [email protected]

Assembly Member Sally Leiber (D)
Phone: 916-319-2022, Fax 916-319-2122
Email: [email protected]

Assembly Member Joe Nation (D)
Phone: 916-319-2006, Fax 916-319-2106
Email: [email protected]

Assembly Member Lois Wolk (D)
Phone: 916-319-2008, Fax 916-319-2108
Email: [email protected]

Also contact your Local Representative!


what can you do

1) write, call, fax your representative. Track this bill and write, call, fax whoever it is up before next (info to come). Tell them that mandatory spay and neuter without exceptions written in will lead to communities that try to drive the breed to extinction. The dangerous dog language will lead to a de facto ban on the breed through insurance exclusions.

2) Let them know mandatory spay and neutering without exceptions written in will cause people to lose their champion show dogs. It amounts to a taking. Potentially, this breed could be driven to extinction in CA and no show ASTs, SBTs, or APBTs will exist. Thousands of show folks will be affected. Champion, well-bred, health-tested,
temperament tested show dogs will be driven out of existence, leaving people wanting the breed to turn to the BYB that will inevitably slip under the radar b/c they won't comply with the law and won't get caught (there's not enough enforcement).

3) service dogs that need to remain intact until they mature will be adversely affected

4) expect lawsuits galore. I know I'll be filing the very day anything is implemented in Sacramento.


http://www.pitbull.us

http://www.badrap.org/rescue/CA_BSL_Alert.cfm
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Old 07-05-2005, 10:48 PM
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That's just cowardly on the part of the state government . . . who do they think they are, the Feds?
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Old 07-06-2005, 03:10 PM
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I just sent this over to my hubby to post on his sites.
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