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HSUS-backed legislation is sweeping the country but AKC and UKC came together with the Cat Registries and defeated CA AB 1634.  But Cooke says it's not done...

 

California 1634 Goose Is Cooked

 

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by Cindy Cooke,

 

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Legislative Specialist

 

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CALIFORNIA AB1634 IS A COOKED GOOSE BUT...
July

 

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2007
- Whether he knows it or not,

 

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California Assemblyman Lloyd Levine did a big

 

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favor for the dog and cat owners of California

 

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and the rest of the country, too. The early

 

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successes of AB 1634 galvanized dog and cat

 

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owners and made them truly understand the

 

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serious threat of the animal rights movement.

 

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The other good thing that came out of this

 

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battle was that dog people from all walks--show

 

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people and hunters, pet people and breeders, AKC

 

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people and UKC people, all came together for the

 

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fight of their lives.

 

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Unfortunately, a statewide battle is a

 

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comparatively easy battle. I think the next

 

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thing to expect is that the AB 1634 supporters

 

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will go home and try to introduce similar

 

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legislation in every city or county in

 

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California. These types of bills are much harder

 

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to fight and will require continued cooperation

 

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from all the groups that came together to oppose

 

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AB 1634. More than ever, we will need to court

 

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the media in every community to get our message

 

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out.

 

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My role in this battle was pretty simple and

 

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straightforward. I wrote letters and made phone

 

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calls. I sent e-mails and faxes until the faxes

 

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in the state capitol gave out! However, many,

 

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many UKC dog owners were on the front line of

 

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this fight, attending every meeting and rally.

 

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Plott Hound breeder Irv Corbin, Rebel Pride

 

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Plotts, was a real irresistible force, and we

 

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felt fortunate to have such a fighter on our

 

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side.

 

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I am a little concerned that the National Animal

 

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Interest Alliance is NOT getting as much credit

 

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as it deserves for its part in defeating AB

 

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1634. NAIA works quietly and efficiently, so its

 

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effectiveness can sometimes be overlooked. It

 

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was NAIA's behind-the-scenes work that resulted

 

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in the change of position by CVMA, and it was

 

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the loss of CVMA support that really turned the

 

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tide against Levine. Since NAIA is often too

 

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modest to shout about its achievements, I hope

 

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TheDogPress will give them the credit they

 

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deserve. I believe that NAIA will be the NRA for

 

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animal owners if we will all get behind and

 

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support this outstanding organization.

 

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