When I first heard of Californians up in arms over the sale and production of duck liver and how thrilled they were that SB 1520 was finally signed into law, I shrugged it off on your typical nut-jobs out West. But now they’re trying to pass into law a bill that would outlaw the sale of pets, such as rabbits, cats, and dogs, from purebred farms. The idea is to bolster pet adoptions from animal shelters and prevent the mistreatment of animals in so called “puppy mills”. I CAN SHRUG NO LONGER. Really Cali, you’ve got nothing better to do? No other pressing legislature to pass than duck and dog laws? Here’s the abridged version of the duck law, commentary to follow.
California has banned on the production and sale of froi gras (pronounced “fwah grah”) will go into effect July 1 2012, eight years after SB 1520 was signed into law by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The 8 year grace period was intended to give the State’s sole producer, Sonoma-Artisan Foie Gras, ample time to “modify its business practices.” However, the law also will apply to the sale of foie gras produced outside California.
Under the law:
“A person may not force-feed a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size, or hire another person to do so.”
“A product may not be sold in California if it is the result of force-feeding a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size.”
“A peace officer, officer of a humane society … or officer of an animal control or animal regulation department of a public agency … may issue a citation to a person or entity that violates this chapter.”
“A citation issued under this section shall require the person cited to pay a civil penalty in an amount up to $1,000 for each violation, and up to $1,000 for each day the violation continues.”
First off, I don’t really agree with force feeding ducks or geese. If I felt strongly enough about the subject I’d simply refuse to eat it. Secondly the law has little merit. They’re saying it’s okay to have tens of thousands of chickens in cramped cages for the sole purpose of feeding the masses, but it’s not okay to have a few hundred ducks, that live out in the open, force fed corn a month before they’re slaughtered. The end result is the same: the duck, it’s liver, and the chickens all end up on the dinner plate. The only difference is that you’re simply hurting the “little guy”, the duck farmer. If this was truly such a vile practice it would be banned nation-wide, but it’s not, just in California.
Law would ban sale of commercially-bred pets>
“LOS ANGELES—A City Council committee has approved a proposed law that requires every dog, cat or rabbit sold in Los Angeles come from a shelter or humane society.
If passed by the council next month, the ordinance will outlaw the sale of commercially-bred critters and lead to misdemeanor charges with fines up to $1,000.
The Los Angeles Times (lat.ms/NfJt88) says the law is designed to prevent pet store suppliers from mistreating animals and to reduce animal shelter crowding.
Critics of the ban say people seeking pure-bred pets will start buying them online and from local breeders.
City animal services chief Brenda Barnette says 11 pet stores sell cats and dogs in the city. They would have to show proof that the animals were obtained from city-approved shelters or animal protection societies.”
If this is something you’re passionate about then adopt from a shelter yourself. If you’re buying from a pet store, find out where they get their supply. Go to the breeder farm and inspect the grounds yourself. DO NOT support a dumbass law that merely limits your options. If you want a pure bred husky, sorry you’ll have to shop out of state for that. If the shelter doesn’t have chinchilla rabbits, sorry you’ll just have to do without.
Why California? Why would you want every little aspect of your life controlled by the government or the state? Both above mentioned laws probably have some basis of caring, or at least some naive attempt at doing some good, but you don’t need a law passed. Don’t eat duck liver, encourage your friends to enlist in the boycott of said cuisine. If your cause is just the rules of supply and demand shall prevail. No demand, no force-fed ducks. However, if enough people enjoy the product, then why try to stop them? It’s not illegal anywhere else so why should these consumers be villainized? If you think more animals should be rescued, then rescue them. Don’t tell me I have to go across state lines to get my Alaskan Husky purebred or simply get stuck with some mangy mutt from the shelter because it’s “the law”
In closing, it’s clear to me that people who don’t have kids shouldn’t propose laws on raising them. In that spirit the same should apply to pet-less, and anti Foie Gras people.
Think about this:
Would you want a vegan passing beef quality laws?
Would you want an atheist as your Priest?
Would you want a swim team coach that couldn’t swim?
So why would you want people who don’t have pets passing law on those that do? Or people who don’t eat duck liver deciding what’s humane and what’s not?
Truth be told this is not merely about ducks and dogs. It’s about all laws and how people are so quick to want Big Brother‘s finger in everything they do. You’re not sheep or children, but if you act as such you will be treated…as such. You’re big boys and girls now, you can decide whether to eat something or how to buy the pet YOU want.
Let me hear your thoughts people. As always you can comment below.
Knappdawg Out.California: Of Ducks and Dogs,