Probably two of the most notable changes are that people can now have one litter before being forced to spay or neuter their pets, regardless of whether the animals are purebred or not, being bred for a purpose such as work or not, being shown or not; also, the required age for altering has been increased to six months.
Given that the majority of litters registered with the AKC are from “one time only” breeders who are not actually maintaining a breeding program or part of the dog fancy at all, and that puppy mills, pet stores, and commercial breeding operations have always been exempt from this legislation, it is increasingly clear that the only people who will be impacted by this bill if it becomes law are small-scale “hobby breeders.”
Who are the only breeders people should give their money to in the first place. But oh well.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
California's Pointy-Headed Legislators
Over at the Pet Connection blog, Gina writes about California's stupid-on-a-stick spay/neuter proposal, ie AB 1634: