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          Bill No:  SB 986
          Author:   Ridley-Thomas (D)
          Amended:  1/7/08
          Vote:     21

           
           SENATE BUS., PROF. & ECON. DEVELOP. COMMITTEE  :  5-0,  
            1/14/08
          AYES:  Ridley-Thomas, Calderon, Florez, Simitian, Yee
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Aanestad, Corbett, Denham, Harman


           SUBJECT  :    Pet stores

           SOURCE  :     Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council


           DIGEST  :    This bill revises the definition of a pet store  
          to exclude the selling or offering for sale animals for  
          purposes directly related to an agricultural operation as  
          defined.

           ANALYSIS  :    

           Existing Law
           
          1.Establishes the Pet Store Animal Care Act (Act),  
            which regulates the care and maintenance of animals  
            in the custody of a pet store and provides limits on  
            the sale or transfer of those animals.



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          2.Provides that the Legislature does not intend, by  
            this Act, to regulate the care of handling of  
            animals in or on farms, ranches, livestock or horse  
            auctions, livestock markets, slaughtering  
            facilities, or any place other than pet stores.



          3.Defines a "pet store" as any retail establishment  
            open to the public and selling or offering for sale  
            of animals.



          This bill revises the definition of "pet store" in the  
          Pet Store Animal Care Act to exclude the selling or  
          offering for sale animals for purposes directly  
          related to an agricultural operation for the  
          commercial growing and harvesting of crops or the  
          raising of livestock or poultry on a farm or a ranch.


           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  No    
          Local:  No

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  1/23/08)

          Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (source)
          PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc.

           ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT  :    According to the Pet Industry  
          Joint Advisory Council, the sponsor, this bill is a minor  
          clean-up to last year's AB 1347 (Caballero), Chapter 703,  
          Statutes of 2007, which enacted the Act that will go into  
          effect on January 1, 2009.  This bill in its current form  
          addresses a request made by the California Department of  
          Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to ensure that agricultural  
          establishments are not considered pet stores for purposes  
          of the Act.  As the Sponsor indicates, the Act included  
          this exemption in intent language, but it did not include  
          the agricultural exclusion in the text of the law itself.   
          As a condition of CDFA's support for AB 1347, it was agreed  
          that the agricultural exclusion language be placed in the  
          substantive text of the law itself.  This bill takes care  







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          of that issue in a way that "pet store" is defined in the  
          new law.


          JJA:do  1/23/08   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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