The state that has decided you can be HIV positive and not disclose it to your intimate partners and that will shield illegal immigrants who commit crimes from federal immigration authorities has finally surpassed the minutiae of regulating cow farts. Today Governor Moonbeam signed a law regulating pet store owners.
Beginning in January of 2019, pet store owners in Kalifornia, regardless of ethical business practices or relationships with licensed reputable breeders, will only be allowed to sell animals they obtain from an animal shelter or other not-for profit rescue. AB-485 regulates the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits and the requirement is as follows:
122354.5. (a) A pet store operator shall not sell a live dog, cat, or rabbit in a pet store unless the dog, cat, or rabbit was obtained from a public animal control agency or shelter, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals shelter, humane society shelter, or rescue group that is in a cooperative agreement with at least one private or public shelter pursuant to Section 31108, 31752, or 31753 of the Food and Agricultural Code.
Yes, you read that correctly, Kalifornia just regulated the sale of pet rabbits. Last I knew, the only reason socialists gave for even owning a rabbit was to raise them to prevent starvation in Venezuela, but what do I know.
As is so typical in nanny states such as those on the Left coast, the law is implemented with zero regard for consumer choice, the effects on small business or the problems they will create. Of course, we know the only time the word “choice” is applied in these little socialist bubbles is when they are trying to preserve the right to kill your unborn child, but I digress.
People get pets for different reasons. Shelter animals, especially dogs, are very unpredictable. As I wrote elsewhere, my youngest dog was billed as a Lab-Shepherd-Husky mix by the shelter we adopted her from. All very stable and predictable breeds that respond well to click and other forms of training.
After a few months, it became clear the assessment of my pup was completely wrong given the behaviors she displayed. We did a doggie DNA test and it turned out she was mostly Staffordshire Terrier (essentially a pit bull) and Chihuahua with a little bit of Chow thrown in for good measure.
My children are grown and we are still working on some of her more stubborn behaviors. If my children were small, or I was looking for a dog that could be trained for a particular purpose, such as a companion for an elderly relative, she would have been a horrible match. We love her to death, but she is definitely not for everyone.
Kalifornia has said they are trying to reduce the number of “puppy mills”. Have they thought about elevating the number of returns for puppies and dogs? Or will they mandate all dogs get doggie DNA tests next to prevent the return of incompatible dogs? See how one rule breeds another rule? Raising costs to the business owner and the consumer.
Also, I do not hear a lot about a problem with “kitten mills” or “rabbit mills”, so exactly what problem are they trying to fix? I think it might be the problem of pet stores. Kalifornia has just decided they don’t want any.
Of course the regulation comes with increased recordkeeping requirements, rules about who pet owners can partner with in the shelter and animal rescue business and fines if the business owner makes a mistake. All things that hamper a business and add cost for whatever bureaucratic gain the state gets.
To recap, in Kalifornia you can knowingly infect someone with the HIV virus and not tell them. You can also be one of the thousands of criminal aliens Kalifornia releases back into the community every year. But you can’t be a pet store owner that endeavors to be the best in your market by partnering with ethical and responsible breeders to provide pets to consumers after January 1, 2019. Is it just me or are the priorities just a little messed up?