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          Bill No:  SB 986
          Author:   Ridley-Thomas (D)
          Amended:  6/9/08
          Vote:     21

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

           SENATE FLOOR  :  34-1, 1/24/08
          AYES:  Aanestad, Ackerman, Alquist, Ashburn, Battin,  
            Calderon, Cogdill, Correa, Cox, Denham, Ducheny, Dutton,  
            Florez, Harman, Kehoe, Lowenthal, Machado, Maldonado,  
            Margett, McClintock, Migden, Negrete McLeod, Oropeza,  
            Padilla, Perata, Romero, Runner, Scott, Simitian,  
            Steinberg, Torlakson, Wiggins, Wyland, Yee
          NOES:  Kuehl
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Cedillo, Corbett, Hollingsworth,  
            Ridley-Thomas, Vincent

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  75-0, 7/14/08 - See last page for vote

           SUBJECT  :    Pet stores

           SOURCE  :     Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council

           DIGEST  :    This bill revises the guidelines by which a pet  
          store operator or employee may euthanize rodents and  
          rabbits intended as food for another animal, as specified.


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           Assembly amendments added a new section to the bill which  
          specifies that a rodent or rabbit intended as food for  
          another animal may be destroyed by a pet store operator or  
          an employee of a pet store only if the animal is euthanized  
          as specified.

           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.

           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  

           This bill:

           1.  Specifies that a rodent or rabbit intended as food for  
              another animal may be destroyed by a pet store operator  
              or an employee of a pet store only if the animal is  
              euthanized by a method that is performed in a humane  
              manner, appropriate for the species, authorized by  
              state law, and in compliance with the American  
              Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Guidelines on  
              Euthanasia dated June 2007. 

           2.  Specifies that the euthanasia shall be performed by  
              the pet store operator or employee only if a  
              California-licensed veterinarian has certified in  
              writing that the pet store operator or employee is  
              properly trained and proficient in performing  
              euthanasia on that particular species. 


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           3.  Specifies that the certification shall be valid for a  
              period of not more than three years, and may be  
              recertified for additional three-year periods. 

           4.  Specifies that the certification of a pet store  
              operator or employee shall be retained by the pet store  
              for three years, unless a longer period is otherwise  
              required under California law. 

           5.  Specifies that the certification shall be made  
              available upon request to appropriate law enforcement  
              officers, as specified.

           6.  Specifies that it is the responsibility of the pet  
              store operator to ensure that euthanasia is performed  
              in compliance with this bill. 

           7.  Excludes from the definition of "pet store" a retail  
              establishment 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  7/24/08)

          Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (source)
          California Veterinary Medical Association
          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  


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          that the agricultural exclusion language be placed in the  
          substantive text of the law itself.  This bill takes care  
          of that issue in a way that "pet store" is defined in the  
          new law.

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  : 
          AYES:  Adams, Aghazarian, Anderson, Arambula, Beall,  
            Benoit, Berg, Berryhill, Blakeslee, Brownley, Caballero,  
            Carter, Cook, Coto, Davis, De La Torre, De Leon,  
            DeSaulnier, DeVore, Duvall, Dymally, Emmerson, Eng,  
            Evans, Feuer, Fuentes, Fuller, Furutani, Gaines,  
            Galgiani, Garcia, Garrick, Hancock, Hayashi, Hernandez,  
            Horton, Houston, Huff, Huffman, Jeffries, Jones,  
            Karnette, Keene, Krekorian, La Malfa, Laird, Levine,  
            Lieber, Lieu, Ma, Maze, Mendoza, Mullin, Nakanishi, Nava,  
            Niello, Nunez, Parra, Portantino, Price, Ruskin, Salas,  
            Saldana, Silva, Smyth, Solorio, Spitzer, Strickland,  
            Swanson, Torrico, Tran, Villines, Walters, Wolk, Bass
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Charles Calderon, Leno, Plescia, Sharon  
            Runner, Soto

          JJA:do  8/1/08   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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