Huntington Beach- MSN & microchip ordinance for the city of Huntington Beach, CA (permission to post: Ken and Patti Burton - Kifka Borzoi) The proposal was modeled after the ordinance for dogs passed in Los Angeles County last year, except cats are added. Sadly, the Council voted 4-3 to approve the drafting of such an ordinance despite the fact that the city has very low shelter intakes and euthanasia. Proponents skipped over the fact by using Los Angeles and state-wide statistics to justify the need. Once the draft is approved, it will make Huntington Beach the first city in California to adopt a MSN (mandatory spay and neuter) mandatory microchip program. Why should we care? We should be very alarmed at how easily such draconian laws can get enacted with total disregard for pet owners' rights or concerns. The Huntington Beach proposal was practically a verbatim copy of the Los Angeles County proposal, with the exception of shelter statistics. In doing a little research into the language, we gleaned some insights into how dog owners in Los Angeles County got blind sided with the MSN & microchip ordinance in 2006. We had absolutely NO CLUE it was coming until we saw the announcement on TV that the ordinance would become effective within days! The "Morphing" of BSL to MSN - How could this happen? Most dog breeders in the greater L.A. areas are residents of the County. How was it possible that we knew nothing about the MSN until after the ordinance was enacted? We've been scratching our heads wondering since. Now, we believe we've discovered the answer to our puzzle -- we didn't pay attention to BSL, or anything not directly related to our interests. The L.A. County MSN began as a Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) targeted at Pit Bulls and Rottweilers. The excuse was that the breeds were over-represented in shelter intake and euthanasia. As the legislation progressed, the tenor of the debate changed -- somehow, it became an accepted assumption that there's an urgent "pet overpopulation" problem that needed drastic actions, and MSN was the only humane choice. Oppositions to the proposed ordinance focused singularly on the breed specific nature of the proposed legislation and argued quite effectively about the inequity of BSL. At the final meeting, in what must have appeared to the politicians as a great compromise, the Director of Animal Services dropped the breed specific focus and requested an "equitable" legislation that would be applied to all dogs. This new proposal was unanimously approved and adopted!!! Emboldened by their overwhelming success in L.A. County the Animal Rights folks proceeded to try imposing AB1634 on the State. Now that AB1634 is postponed, possibly till January, they have adopted a multi-pronged attack strategy - they are getting MSN legislation passed at city and community levels, and they are lobbying the State Senate Local Government Committee hard behind the scenes to smooth passage of AB1634 out of the Committee. Below are quotes from the Official AB1634 Site WWW.CAHEALTHYPETS.COM "http://www.cahealthypets.com/" www.CAHealthyPets.com Where does the bill stand? The bill is currently being held in the Senate Local Government Committee. The coalition and Assembly member Levine are working with the Committee to update the bill so that the version passed on to the Senate for a full vote is acceptable to the members while still fulfilling the core goals - reducing the killing of healthy, adoptable pets and saving California millions of dollars in the process. The Local Government Committee may hold the bill as long as January, 2008, before passing it out of committee. The CAHealthyPets.com website is currently undergoing a facelift, please check back periodically for the latest news In fact, if you're a constituent of Senator Christine Kehoe [District stretching east-west from Spring Valley to the Pacific Ocean, and north-south from Del Mar to Downtown San Diego. Includes Del Mar, Lemon Grove, parts of San Diego, Casa de Oro-Mo, La Presa, and Spring Valley], you need to get all your neighbors and pet related business owners together and pay some visits as well as write letters and make phone calls to her. She is working very hard in lobbying her fellow Committee Members on behalf of Levine to try to get AB1634 out of the committee! Somebody there ought to look into her campaign finances. All San Diegans and perhaps Orange County and Riverside County pet lovers need to get together and CANVASS her district to let her constituents know what she's up to, and to bring pressure to bear. She was elected to the State Senate in November 2004, so she'll likely be running for re-election next year. For a brief summary of her personal and political history, see . She has consistently been rated highly by PawPAC on Animal Rights issues. We're not familiar with the Who's Who in the AR movement, but if memory serves, quite a few of PawPAC's "Honorary Board Members" are celebrity supporters of PETA and/or HSUS. This long dissertation leads us back to Huntington Beach. We should not and cannot allow the AR folks to continue perpetrating their lies without fighting back! It's not simply Huntington Beach - it's a city with low shelter intake and euthanasia that can be held up as a "brave and progressively humane" example for the rest of the State to emulate! It could be used to politically "challenge" the L.A. City Council. We have ONE more opportunity to defeat the MSN & Microchip in Huntington Beach BEFORE the draft is approved. The Council vote was 4-3 in favor, so all we need is to change ONE Council Member's vote to kill the proposed ordinance! We (i.e. Everybody regardless of where you live) need to Flood the City Council Members with Opposition emails and phone calls, pointing out the deceptive statistics, the high costs and practical impossibility to enforce, the burdensome costs to seniors, the violation of pet owners' privacy and property rights, etc. Huntington Beach residents, contact and Meet with ALL the Council Members to clearly state your opposition As Soon As Possible! In fact, Orange County residents may want to do the same. It appears Mayor Pro Tem Debbie Cook may be close to the end of her 2nd term on the City Council. Depending on the City's charter, she may be up against term limit and may look to "job hop" within Orange County in 2008. Call the City Council office at 714-536-5553 to schedule appointments with Council Members. The following chart is a list of Huntington Beach City Council Members, their votes on MSN & Microchip, and their email addresses: Council Members – term exp. – email address Gil Coerper Mayor Dec. 2010 mailto:GCoerper@surfcity-hb.org GCoerper@surfcity-hb.org Debbie Cook Mayor Pro Dec.2008 mailto:email@example.com" firstname.lastname@example.org Keith Bohr Council Member Dec. 2008 mailto:email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Joe Carchio Council Member Dec. 2010 mailto:email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Cathy Green Council Member Dec. 2010 mailto:email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Don Hansen -Council Member Dec. 2008 mailto:email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Jill Hardy -Council Member Dec. 2010 mailto:email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org For a list of "Frequently Called Phone Numbers" for Huntington Beach, see: http://www.ci.huntington-beach.ca.us/Government/frequently_called_phone_numbers.cfm The Huntington Beach City Council's phone number is 714-536-5553. Everybody PLEASE re-start your efforts to fight AB1634. We fully appreciate your needs to take a breather. Unfortunately, the opposition is relentless, and year-end is just around the corner!
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