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Oppose AB 1117 & SB 917 California's NO Animal Raising Bills
This came to me in an email last night and I felt that it needed to get out for others to know.
If you know anyone who has a farm, owns a pet or likes to eat meat please send this on and help with the fight against the bills. Sorry to bring this here once again. I think these Senators and Assembly people start out with good intentions but once the A/R people get a hold of them it all goes downhill. Elaine
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TIME CRITICAL ALERT!! Next hearing for AB 1117 is on 6/28IMMEDIATELY OPPOSE AB 1117 & SB 917“Lieu’s One-Two Knock-out Punch” to end all animal farming andraising in California to usher in his vision of a purely vegan California. Lieu intends to do this by redefining farming, animal raising, selling, transport and showing as “animal cruelty”.
< /pre>in SB 917. Then the law set in motion by AB1117 will give animal control officers massive power to be able to seize your assets when convicted of “animal cruelty” as defined by SB 917whether they be your pets, service animals, herd, computers, farm, house, etc. But thatis not all, AB 1117 is written in a way that if “animal cruelty” is found then you will be prevented from owning and raising animals for 5 years. AB 1117 is to be heard in the SENATE PUBLIC SAFETY Committee on 6/28/2011. Time is critically running out to oppose this dreadful bill. Specific instructions tooppose can be found under bill description below. These horrid bills have both quietly snuck through the Assembly and Senate and they are now at the final committee hearings where they will be killed outright or will go quickly for a floor vote and then onto extremely liberal Governor Brown for his signature.
we love animals and our proud American farming tradition, our pets, pure bred dogs & cats, birds, and our wonderful Rabbit hobby, then all of us must stand up and oppose these bills. The Animal Rights extremists intend to end our way of life for us and for all future generations of Americans. They think they know what is best for us and our children. If they can’t convince us to be pet-less vegans then they will force it upon us under the color of law. This must end. This is our Normandy . Please send in your opposition letters as soon as possible and then, just as critically important, please get your friends
Here is a brief description of AB 1117: (Thank you Peggy Ricter)
Regarding AB1117: this bill has passed the assembly and is currently in the Senate
Public Safety Committee.
it amends an existing law. Primarily, I commented on the two major things this bill does that would affect anyone with any animal:
Existing law requires a convicted person to pay for the seizure and care of seized dogs. This proposed bill expands the law to requi
re a lien on the animal upon a correctly issued warrant – regardless of innocence or guilt.
The bill specifies “ (j) No animal properly seized under this section or pursuant to a search warrant shall be returned to its owner until, in the determination of the seizing agency or hearing officer, the animal is physically fit or the owner can demonstrate to the seizing agency's or hearing officer's satisfaction that the owner can and will provide the necessary care.” This doesn’t provide for any IMPARTIAL determination by a judge or jury. – the same entity that seizes the animals are those who are unilaterally the ones that determine if the owner “can and will provide necessary care”. As has been seen in revelations regarding cities like Bell , it is quite possible for officials and agencies to abuse their autho
rity for personal gain. The safeguard against this has, and should remain the right of a citizen for proper due process and trial in an impartial setting. Even in the case of a ticket for reckless driving, a citizen has a right to challenge in a court of law and their property is not seized for failure to pay the fine – how much MORE so should the State be reluctant to impose such a penalty when such seizure involves what may be a well-loved pet.
Finally, the bill specifies: “597.9. (a) Except as provided in subdivision (c) or (d), any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor violation …. and who, within five years after the conviction, owns, possesses, maintains, has custody of, resides with,or cares
for any animal is guilty of a public offense, punishable by a fine of one thousand dollars ($1,000).” -- this does not address INNOCENT parties (husband, wife, minor child or other dependent) who “RESIDE WITH” this individual who would then be forced to eliminate ANY animal (up to and including guppies or service dogs) in order to comply with the law. Not only is this an excessive penalty for a misdemeanor, who is going to pay for its enforcement? How many more parole officers will be needed to ensure compliance?
So if a 5 year old has a pet rabbit and the cops arrest her uncle (who is visiting, doesn’t live there) for animal abuse, you have to prove to the people that took the animal that it is healthy and can be returned. Doesn’t matter, by the way, if the uncle was found not guilty. If you have an a
nti tether law forbidding any animal to be “tied out” and someone ties their horse to a hitching rail they could be convicted. And again, if you have a pet rabbit, the rabbit would have to go -- they would be banned from “RESIDING with” an animal.
And so forth.
Current law already allows for requiring people CONVICTED of a crime to pay for the care / rescue of the animals. This bill REQUIRES it and doesn’t address innocent parties. Current law already ALLOWS a judge to decide that a person should not be permitted to have any animals. This bill mandates it, again without concern for anyone else who may be affected. The 5 year period is excessive for a MISDEMEANOR when felony convictions often don’t get 5 year sen
You may freely use any of the comments above.
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety" - Benjamin Franklin
AB 1117 is now in the Senate Public Safety Committee. We need to FAX our opposition letters to AB 1117 to the following. (You do not have time to send them before this heari
ng.) All letter must have the following phrase at the top of the letter or your opposition will not be included: I (name of organization or individual) strongly oppose SB 917 as amended and
in any and all forms.
"What Lies Behind Us And What Lies Before Us
Are Tiny Matters Compared To What Lies Within Us."
Here are some links to help educate yourself in how to fight for your rights to continue to own and love your animals. Please do not be mislead by PETA or HSUS who is PETA in suits.