Cat Fancier's Association
July 5th Update on CA Bill 1634
Below is a CFA announcement to cat fanciers re AB1634. In the attached
LG Committee Bill Analysis, CVMA (CA
Veterinary Medical Association) was listed as being among the Opposed. However, according to Joan Miller (CFA), the official CVMA
announcement indicated that their position went from co-sponsor to neutral. Therefore, the Bill Analysis will probably be corrected.
The Veterinary Medical Association's withdrawal
of sponsorship is a huge step forward for our
side. AB1634 lost the only sponsor that lends
credibility to its argument. It reflects the
time and efforts all the dog and cat lovers have
put in as one unit to fight this bill. You can
read the rest of the info and details on
Wednesday's scheduled events from the email
we're forwarding from CFA.
The numbers of letters from organizations and
individual were about the same for Support and
Oppose -- 400+ organizations and 10,000+
individuals. Many national and regional breed
clubs as well as kennel clubs and cat breed
clubs registered official oppositions.
We're happy to note that the 2 regional Borzoi
Clubs in California filed official oppositions,
as did the Western Borzoi Coursing Club and
Borzoi.org. We are deeply saddened and most
disappointed to note that our own parent club,
Borzoi Club of America, apparently did not
register any opposition, nor did any of our
breed rescue organizations. However, we are very
thankful for the hard work that many of our
fellow Borzoi breeders and owners from across
the country contributed in helping with our
fight against AB1634, despite the lack of
support from our parent club.
We will do a closer analysis and break down of
the bill's support and oppose organizations and
send you an update later. For now, we all need
to keep the heat up and remain focused on the
Committee hearing this coming Wednesday. Please
call the 5 Senators on the committee to remind
them how strongly we remain Opposed to AB1634.
Let them know that CVMA has officially
withdraw both their Sponsorship and their
Support of AB1634 - they no long think it's
"healthy for pets"! In fact, large numbers of
veterinarians feel so strongly about the
Unhealthy aspects of the bill that they
formed the "California Veterinarians Against
AB1634" to oppose it. Further, the San Diego
County Veterinary Medical Association is
publicly opposing this insidious bill.
Capitol and district phone & fax numbers of the
State Senators are attached in (side bar) handy
link Article; ADOA asks for help fighting CA
Ken & Patti Burton
Kifka Borzoi Kifka@Kifka.com
CFA Update - To All Fanciers;
The California Senate Local Government Committee
Consultant's Analysis for AB 1634 has been
published and is on the CFA website (or will be
You will find CFA on the oppose list as "The"
Cat Fanciers' Association. There is a major
accomplishment reflected in this document - the
California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
is no longer listed as a Sponsor of the
bill nor a Supporter. ... The San Diego
Veterinary Medical Association is on the OPPOSE
CFA played an important role immediately
following the bill's introduction in late
February with a letter in early March to the
CVMA, emails asking veterinary contacts to
persuade the CVMA to withdraw their sponsorship
and urging fanciers to contact their own
veterinarians. Many cat and dog fanciers visited
their veterinarians to make them aware and to
provide materials so they could influence the
CVMA Board of Governors, the former president
and the new president. Numerous veterinarians
had the courage to speak out. We want to
especially thank Dr. John Hamil, Dr. Sharon
Vanderlip, Dr. Charles Hjerpe, Dr. Karen Seibold
and many others who wrote strong letters and did
so much to counter the support stance of the
CVMA leadership. We appreciate the National
Animal Interest Alliance's (NAIA) hard work to
organize and promote the list of opposed
veterinarians on their website -
www.naiaonline.org Many other groups helped and
it was a huge effort on the part of hundreds of
individuals in the state. Veterinarians have
knowledge and credibility - we want them on our
The Committee Consultant's Analysis does not
adequately express the CFA reasons for
opposition and there is some misinterpretation
of the bill language. Now it is important to
make those calls to Committee members offices to
remind the staff of your opposition. Contact
information is on the CFA website.
Attend the hearing on July 11th at 8AM (get
there very early) and the PetPAC rally on the
State Capitol grounds at 9:30 AM. The American
Kennel Club will have a lobbying meeting at
11:00 AM at the Hyatt Hotel. Exact locations
will be posted later. We must defeat this bill
for the sake of our breeds and the homeless cats
on the streets that will be ignored when people
are threatened with $500 fines for "possessing"
a cat not sterilized.
CFA Legislative Coordinator
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