PIJAC Communications Director
(202) 452-1525 Ext. 1080
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
In a statement issued today, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) criticized the California Assembly Committee on Appropriations’ passage of Assembly Bill 485.
“The Assembly Appropriations Committee’s vote in favor of Assembly Bill 485 threatens the health and safety of California’s companion animals, pet lovers, and small businesses,” said PIJAC President Mike Bober, one of America’s leading advocates for pet health and safety. “PIJAC and the responsible pet industry now urge the full Assembly to protect the state’s dogs, cats, rabbits, pet owners, and small business partners in pet care by rejecting this misguided piece of legislation.”
According to Bober, AB 485’s ban on the sales of cats, dogs, and rabbits will put pets and pet owners at risk. “State law requires pet stores to track the health and history of each cat and dog that comes into their care,” he explained. “This gives the state the ability to require warranties for pet health. Shutting down pet stores means pet lovers will only be able to get cats, dogs, and rabbits from shelters and rescues, which often take in abused and homeless animals. And while shelters do great work connecting people and pets, the state’s warranty will also be unenforceable – thus putting pet owners at risk for the expenses associated with poor pet health.”
Bober concluded his statement by urging all parties to work together. “Thousands of Californians have relied on responsible local businesses for pets, pet care, and expert advice,” he said. “Assembly Members should represent their constituents by working with, not against, those who care for pets every day. Californians deserve access to the pet that best fits their needs.”
Since 1970, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) has protected pets, pet owners and the pet industry – promoting responsible pet ownership and animal welfare, fostering environmental stewardship, and ensuring the availability of pets. PIJAC members include retailers, companion animal suppliers, manufacturers, wholesale distributors, manufacturers’ representatives, pet hobbyists, and other trade organizations. http://www.pijac.org