Legislation & Lobbying
Catfight Over Neutering Bill
Posted Jul 10, 2007 1:03 PM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A bill requiring Californians to spay or neuter their pets has produced more response than any other measure before the state legislature this year.
The Senate committee considering the bill has heard from nearly 20,000 pet owners and other interested parties, with slightly more favoring passage, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The bill’s author, Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, says he has received hate mail from unhappy pet owners. The American Kennel Club opposes the bill, and has threatened to move its national dog show out of the state if it passes.
Bob Barker, recently retired host of The Price is Right, stumped for the bill at a news conference yesterday. "There are just too many cats and dogs being born for all of them to have homes," he said.
The fine for failing to comply is $500; breeders can apply for an exemption. (See this ABAJournal.com post for more details.)