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a few weeks back about a bill introduced and filed in the Florida House of Representatives that would make it Mandatory that virtually all dogs and cats in Florida be spayed or neutered.
The bill is touted as an effort to reduce the number of animals currently in rescues.

This bill is poorly written and will achieve nothing as to what it is set out to do.

1) It will only affect responsible owners that license their animals.

2) It will legally force people to have surgery performed on their animals. (Surgical procedures should be the decision of the pet owner with advice from their vet.)

3) It provides no provision to create any sort of low or lower cost spay and neuter programs.

4) It provides no provision for the cost of enforcement.

5) Irresponsible people who already do not license their dogs, will fly right under the radar and be unaffected by this law.

6) It endangers quality breeding programs and bloodlines that have been developed over long periods of time. (Sometimes over one hundred years or more)

7) It will cost businesses in this state millions of dollars in lost revenue from competitive dog events.

8) It will also cost the state millions in court costs should it passed. Because it will be tested in court.

9) It is completely unenforcable without violations the civil rights of the citizens on this state.


Here is the information on the bill and where it currently stands.


http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=40352


I would consider it a personal favor of anyone that signs the petition below.


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/lets-defeat-hb-451

If you are so inclined, write or email your congressman and or the members of the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee.


And remember this bill is backed, being supported by, and lobbied for by The Humane Society of the United States. Which is an animal rights organization every bit as radical as PETA.
 

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I'm pullin' for you. Here in Colorado we just defeated our HUS bill a week or so ago. It was creatively labeled "Puppy Mill Bill". Just like the Florida bill, the Colorado version did near nothing to address the problems it was touted to fix. Ours changed/added text to a 1994 Act and that created monstrous intrusions into responsible pet owner's lives. Thank doG all of the clubs, rescues and organizations here saw it for what it was.

Good luck...
 

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I signed. I think that's so retarded. It would only affect people that care about their dogs. And it would be terrible for breeders who've been working to create better dogs.
 
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