Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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Inspection of Breeding Facilities Legislation?
I received an email a few weeks ago, it was forwarded around to 'dog owners in Virginia', and it originated from a well known former Hav breeder here. There wasnt' much notice to email my 'opposition' as requested, it was sent around 5pm and the emails had to be sent by 9pm, of course I didn't read the email til' the next day, so I didn't vote either way...but I'm curious what your thoughts are on mandatory Inspection of Breeding Facilities?
I mean, wouldn't that deter some BYB and mills? But I'm unclear on why breeders that abide the law would be opposed? Just the general 'violation of privacy'? What do you all think?
Here is a description of the Proposition:
Animal control officers; inspection of breeding facilities.
Summary: Requires an animal control officer to make quarterly inspections of any premises in his jurisdiction where dealers breed companion animals. The animal control officer will ensure that dealers comply with state and federal standards for sanitation, licensure, and adequate care. *(HSUS bill)
This bill language makes *every* dog and cat seller in Virginia subject to quarterly inspections, without requiring due cause or a warrant.
VA Code: "Dealer" means any person who in the regular course of business for compensation or profit buys, sells, transfers, exchanges, or barters companion animals. The following shall not be considered dealers: (i) any person who transports companion animals in the regular course of business as a common carrier, or (ii) any person or organization whose primary purpose is to find permanent adoptive homes for companion animals.
Further, while USDA has 60 pages of regulations detailing precise animal care requirements, Virginia has none. How can ACOs do federal inspections when they can't do their normal jobs and aren't sufficiently trained for those? Whose inspection result governs, if federal inspectors and VA ACOs disagree? This is extraordinarily bad, poorly crafted, ill considered legislation. The bill's legal conflicts and negative policy and fiscal impacts are staggering.
Humane investigators; appointment by circuit court.
Summary: Restores the humane investigator program to its pre-2003 status. In 2003, the law was amended to limit (i) the number of humane investigators to those currently serving and (ii) the number of programs to those currently in operation. The 2003 bill allowed those appointed prior to July 1, 2003, to be reappointed for three-year terms. This bill removes the limitations placed on the program by the 2003 law. (VVAW Bill)
Reinstitutes an animal rightist volunteer vigilante force whose authority had previously sunsetted.
The good news is, that since the Michael Vick scandal here, they are trying to tighten the penalties on dogfighting. I'm not clear on whether or not this "inspection' bill was opposed or scheduled for another vote..