The San Diego City Council is voting on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 2 pm on an ordinance
to limit the sources of pets available to San Diego residents.Please read NAIA’s Letter t
o the City Council of San Diego.
The ordinance would limit in-home breeders to selling or giving away no more than 20 dogs, cats or rabbits a year and it would prohibit commercial establishments from selling any dog, cat or rabbit unless it came from an animal shelter in San Diego. In short, it’s an ordinance designed to give shelters and rescues a marketplace advantage over other sellers.
The council has been heavily lobbied by animal rights groups and shelters and they have heard nothing but lopsided propaganda favoring the proponents. Please read our letter and the following points and contact the city council members today and urge them to reject the ordinance.
The ordinance represents a restraint of trade imposed by government;
This ordinance encourages shelters and rescues to monopolize the pet marketplace;
This ordinance would limit consumers to poor quality, unwarranted dogs in the marketplace;
This ordinance seeks to replace the most accountable sources of pets in the marketplace with the least accountable sources, as breeders and pet stores are regulated under a number of California laws that specifically exempt shelters;
The ordinance is based on language developed by animal rights groups and local shelters who would benefit financially from the ordinance;
While there are many good shelters and rescues, all it takes to be designated as a shelter or rescue under this ordinance is filing the right paperwork with the IRS, an agency that does not oversee animal husbandry or business practices;
This ordinance does nothing to address the source of the surplus shelter animal problem that this ordinance claims to solve, the constant importation (mostly illegal) of ten’s of thousands of dogs from Mexico into San Diego reported by the Centers for Disease Control
and the US Customs and Border Patrol;
This ordinance should be rejected because it is unAmerican in its approach to solving problems.
Please contact your city councilmember today and urge them to oppose the ordinance. To send an email, click on the Take Action link above right. Council members phone numbers are listed below:
Sherri Lightner District 1 619-236-6611
Kevin Faulconer District 2 619-236-6622
Todd Gloria District 3 619-236-6633
Myrtle Cole District 4 619-236-6644
Mark Kersey District 5 619-236-6655
Lorie Zapf District 6 619-236-6666
Scott Sherman District 7 619-236-6677
David Alvarez District 8 619-236-6688
Marti Emerald District 9 619-236-6699
Patti Strand, Chairman, NAIA