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Christi's trip to Sacramento - Hayden Law IS in jeopardy!
I just returned Thursday from Sacramento where I met with Assemblyman Mike Gatto. Together we presented your names and comments from our then 13,000+ person petition to members of Governor Brown's office. We discussed the future of Hayden. Here's my conclusion on where the Hayden Law stands now...and it's not good:
Californians must keep up the pressure more than ever. We do not believe the Governor's office truly understands this issue. This is not just another "unfunded" state mandate. This was precedent setting law. This law saved lives and saved tax dollars.
To fund this mandate is only $23 million a year. However, the state has suspended it so at this time there is NO cost to the state. When California's economy comes back, the mandate can be reinstated. If the Governor's office wipes this precedent setting, life and tax dollar saving law off the books, animal advocates will be forced to push for new laws costing the legislature countless tax dollars.
The Governor's office hides behind the erroneous assumption that the Hayden law incentivizes killing - however it does just the opposite. When the law was enacted over 10 years ago, the state was killing 570,000 dogs and cats per year. After only a few years, the killing went down to about 400,000. When Hayden was suspended in 2009, the killing shot right back up again. Remember, killing is expensive. It does not make fiscal sense to even suspend Hayden, but we are not asking for it to be reinstated right now. We are asking for them to just continue the suspension. Its a matter of life and death, literally.
Click Here for Steps to Take to Protect The Hayden Law
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Mar 03, 2012
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