San Francisco, Jun 22 2009: The San Francisco SPCA today called on the California Senate to endorse AB 1122, legislation that would put a stop to live animal sales at temporary retail venues such as flea markets, swap meets and parking lots. AB 1122, introduced by Assemblyman Ted Lieu, has already been passed by the California Assembly and has now moved to the Senate for consideration. A hearing on AB 1122 by The California Senate Public Safety Committee is expected to be held on Tuesday, June 23.
The San Francisco SPCA is urging its supporters to contact Committee Members and ask them to follow the lead of the Assembly in swiftly passing this humane legislation. View a list of California Senate Public Safety Committee members.
The President of The SF/SPCA, Jan McHugh-Smith, commended the California Assembly for passing AB 1122, and called on the Senate to do the same. "The banning of live animal sales from these venues will significantly improve the lives of countless animals," she said. "The absence of effective regulations routinely results in deplorable conditions for animals, especially puppies, at these venues." Animals sold at swap meets, flea markets and parking lots are frequently crammed into hot, unsanitary cages, often without food or water, repeatedly manhandled by shoppers, and purchased on impulse.
Puppies sold in these venues are the typically "products" of mass breeding facilities known as puppy mills. Documented problems of these puppy mills include over-breeding, inbreeding, minimal veterinary care, poor quality of food and shelter, overcrowding and lack of socialization with humans. These animals may appear healthy at sale time but many suffer from hard-to detect diseases, or fall prey to disease because their immune systems are not yet fully-developed. Other puppies are removed from their mothers too early and die from starvation because they don't yet have teeth and are unable to chew.
An additional problem is the smuggling of puppies from puppy mills across the US/Mexico border. The animals are usually sold out of the back of vehicles for cash, and the sellers often use disposable cell phones so that buyers have no recourse if the puppies get sick and die, as they often do. As a result, consumers can incur significant emotional and financial costs in caring for these animals.
The San Francisco SPCA has been striving to prevent cruelty to animals and to better their lives for 141 years. We believe that AB 1122 is a progressive step toward this goal, and we commend Assemblyman Lieu for his hard work on this issue.
The SF/SPCA is asking the community to email or phone the California Public Safety Committee and urge them to endorse AB 1122.
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