Chairman Young, Vice Chairman DeVitis, Ranking Member Lepore-Hagan, and members of the House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor Committee, thank you for the opportunity to provide sponsor testimony on House Bill 433 . This bill, brought to Representative Brinkman and I by a constituent in Hamilton County, is a common sense approach to help the veterinarians in our state earn continuing education credit while helping to responsibly curb the issue of pet overpopulation.
The Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board currently require all veterinarians in the state to report thirty hours of continuing education biennially . These hours may be obtained by numerous ways including online courses, office policy development, journal articles or conferences so long as 20 hours are scientifically related to the practice of veterinary medicine and no more than 10 are non – scientific.
Our legislation would simply allow Ohio veterinarians to receive up to two hours of continuing education per renewal if the licensed veterinarian performs free spaying and neutering services. For every one hour of free spaying and neutering services that the licensed veterinarian performs, they shall receive one – half hour of continuing education credit so long as the services are provided at a practice or facility that is appropriately staffed and equipped for such services and is done in conjunction with either a county humane society, dog pound or non-profit.
A companion bill has already been introduced in the Senate due to rising interest amongst the veterinary and animal rights community to provide veterinarian’s incentives to volunteer their services. Although many believe veterinarians stand to gain substantial knowledge through their involvement in spay/neuter work, veterinarians would still be required to complete core continuing education requirements by the state.
While estimates on number of unwanted animals in the state are unavailable, the exponential reproductive rates of cats and dogs continues to outpace adoption rates. Many shelters in the state are continuously forced to use euthanasia as the only means to make room for new take ins. The Humane Society of the United States successfully lobbied for the passage of a similar bill in the state of New York in 2016 in hopes that these laws might ease this problem.
Representative Brinkman and I believe that House Bill 433 is an easy step to decreasing the unwanted pet population and the number of animals euthanized at Ohio shelters. I appreciate the chance to offer testimony on House Bill 433 and would be happy to answer any questions.
Thank you, Representatives Kelly and Brinkman, for sponsoring, and DanaMarie Pannella for writing, this important, common sense bill that aims to recognize, with continuing education units, the compassionate work veterinarians do to stem the explosive, population growth of cats and dogs!
Are you in?
Follow SB 232, “Veterinary Spay-Neuter” bill on its path to victory for Ohio cats, dogs, & the people that love them!
1. SB 232 started with the idea of reducing the number of healthy and adoptable, shelter pets.
2. Senator Cecil Thomas (D), humane legislator, agreed to sponsor this bill.
3. DanaMarie Pannella, Esq., experienced, compassionate attorney, wrote SB 232.
4. Senator Thomas asked the other senators if they would like to co-sponsor his bill. Senators Schiavoni (D), Yuko (D), and Tavares (D) are now co-sponsors.
5. On November 14, 2017 the “Veterinary Spay-Neuter” bill was assigned a number, SB 232.
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-SB-232 (Read the bill here.)
6. On November 15, 2017, the bill was assigned to the Senate Agriculture Committee.
7. This is where YOU come in. YOUR CALLS PUSH SB 232 forward in the process.
It’s always best to change the script a bit so that your message sounds fresh. You might comment with an original phrase about your feelings.You might say, “Good morning, Senator Hoagland, this is (your name), calling from (your city), an Ohio voter. — I’m very excited about SB 232, the “Veterinary Spay-Neuter” bill. I don’t see how anyone could oppose it because the bill gives veterinarians the option, not a mandate, to perform free spay-neuter in exchange for continuing education units.
It’s a win-win bill! I strongly urge you to call SB 232 to a sponsor hearing in the Senate Agriculture Committee. – Thank you.”
Please PM me, Beth Sheehan, with your e-mail address to be placed on the “Animal Action Alerts!” list. I provide a sample script and contact information. Your call should take about 5 minutes.
Are you in?
1. HB 226 – “Fireworks” aims to make higher grade fireworks more accessible
sponsors – Rep Bill Seitz (R), Rep Martin Sweeney (D)
cosponsors – Rep Bill Dean (R), Rep John Becker (R), Rep Andy Thompson (R), Rep Wesley Goodman (R), Rep Dick Stein (R), Rep Bill Reineke (R), Rep Louis Blessing (R), Rep Kyle Koehler (R)
Fireworks terrify many dogs. They panic and run away to get away from the explosions. Shelters fill up with lost dogs after July 4 each year.
Woodland animals flee and abandon their nests.
Ohio has 800,000 veterans. Veterans with PTSD, sadly, relive the trauma of war when they hear the thunder of fireworks.
Individuals with dementia and autism are frightened by the sounds.
120 Ohioans go to ER each year with injuries. They lose limbs and are blinded. Their homes are set on fire.
- https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-226 (Read the bill here)
status – PASSED OHIO HOUSE, 84-13 on 10/13/17
- http://www.dispatch.com/opinion/20170919/editorial-new-bill-is-bad-medicine (Dispatch – “Dangerous Fireworks Bill Should Fizzle”)
- http://www.dispatch.com/news/20171011/those-fireworks-youve-been-setting-off-may-finally-be-legal-in-ohio (Dispatch article)
2. HB 263 – “Pups on the Patio”, aims to allow dogs on outdoor patios of restaurants
sponsor – Rep Laura Lanese (R)
- Restaurant owner must agree. Patio must have its separate entrance. Dogs are not permitted on the chairs or tables. Dog clean-up bags will be available.
- https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-263 (Read the bill here)
3. HB 319 – “Shelter Dog as State Pet”
sponsor – Rep Laura Lanese (R)
- https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-3194 (Read the bill here)
4. HB 349 – “Increase Crime of Assaulting a Police or Search & Rescue – Dog or Horse “
sponsor – Rep Sarah LaTourette (R)
- Applies same penalities for assaulting or harassing search and rescue dogs and horses as police dogs and horses have
- Increases the penalty for assaulting a police dog or horse from a second degree misdemeanor to a fourth degree felony, a third degree felony if the animal suffers serious physical harm, and a second degree felony if the animal dies.
5. HB 433 – “Veterinary Spay-Neuter”
sponsors – Reps Tom Brinkman (R) and Brigid Kelly (D)
author – DanaMarie Pannella, Esq.
This House bill and its companion bill, SB 232 in the Senate, give Ohio veterinarians the OPTION (not mandate) of using 2 CEU’s for FOUR HOURS of FREE SPAY-NEUTER.
Status – sponsor testimony – Jan 23, 2018
Read Rep Brigid Kelly’s sponsor testimony at the link below for a clear understanding of the bill.
http://pawsandthelawblog.com (Read Rep Brigid Kelly’s sponsor testimony here)
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legis…/legislation-summary… (Read the bill here)
6. SB 195 – “Nuisance, Dangerous, and Vicious Dogs”
sponsor – Sen Bill Beagle
- https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-documents?id=GA132-SB-195 (Read the bill here)
7. SB 232 – “Veterinary Spay-Neuter”
sponsor – Sen Cecil Thomas
cosponsors – Sens Charleta Tavares, Joe Schiavoni, Kenny Yuko
author – DanaMarie Pannella, Esq.
status – sponsor testimony – Jan 30, 2018
This Senate bill and its companion bill, HB 433, in the House, give Ohio veterinarians the OPTION (not mandate) of using 2 CEU’s for FOUR HOURS of FREE SPAY-NEUTER.
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-SB-232 (Read the bill here)
PUPPY MILL BALLOT INITIATIVE
- HSUS initiative
aims to increase the standard of care in the kennels of large-scale breeders
applies to breeders with eight or more unspayed females and annual sales of more than 15 dogs
Dog and cat meat is eaten in the USA?
I strongly encourage you to CALL your U.S. representative. Ask him to VOTE YES on H.R. 1406 “To amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption.”
The consumption of dog and cat meat is currently legal in 44 states.
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ (Go to the link. Type in your zip code to find your U.S. rep.)
Phone numbers for Ohio U.S. Representatives
Steve Chabot (R) (513) 684-2723
Warren Davidson (R) (513) 779-5400
Bob Gibbs (R) (419) 207-0650
Jim Jordan (R) (419) 999-6455
Bill Johnson (R) (740)-376-0868
David Joyce (R) (440) 352-3939
Bob Latta (R) (419) 354-8700
Jim Renacci (R) (330) 336-3001
Steve Stivers (R) (614) 771-4968
Pat Tiberi (R) (614) 895-0900
Mike Turner (R) (937) 225-2843
Brad Wenstrup (R) (513) 474-7777
Joyce Beatty (D) (202) 225-4324
Marcia Fudge (D) (216) 522-4900
Marcy Kaptur (D) (216) 767-5933
Tim Ryan (D) (330) 630-7311
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/…/house-introduces-bill-to-e…/ (Read more about the bill here.)
How did YOUR U.S. rep and YOUR TWO, U.S. senators vote?
The U.S. House and the U.S. Senate voted to OVERTURN a rule banning “some of the most appalling practices … denning of wolf pups, killing hibernating bears, spotting grizzly bears from aircraft and then shooting them after landing, and trapping grizzly bears and black bears with steel-jawed leghold traps and snares” … This will be on “16 national wildlife refuges covering 76 million acres, all in the state of Alaska.”
“Republican lawmakers did this for the NRA, the Safari Club, and some hunting guides and outfitters.” (Read the details in Humane Society, linked)
I strongly encourage you to call your three, federal legislators to voice your support or opposition to their votes.
“Good morning, Senator Brown. This is (your name), an Ohio voter, calling from (your city and zip code). Thank you for your NO VOTE on SJ Res 18, which overturns important, wildlife protections for wolf pups and hibernating bears. It allows for aerial spotting of bears and steel-jawed, leg traps. I do not support these cruel methods of killing wildlife. I appreciate that you do not either.”
Just click on @SenSherrodBrown below. You will be taken to his Twitter account. Non-Ohio voters can use their own U.S. senators here.
@ Thanks 4 your NO VOTE on SJ Res 18 – No more killing vulnerable, wolf pups & hibernating bears in Alaska #STOPreversingprotections
@ I’m disheartened that you VOTED YES on SJ Res 18 – I oppose killing wolves & bears on Alaskan wildlife refuges
You can find YOUR two U.S. senators and their contact information at the link below. Contact information for Ohio Senators Brown and Portman follow.
https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ (Find all 100 U.S. senators here)
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ (Find all 435 U.S. representatives here)
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (D)
Cleveland (216) 522-7272 Toll Free 1-888-896-OHIO (6446)
Cincinnati (513) 684-1021 Columbus (614) 469-2083
Lorain (440) 242-4100 Washington, DC (202) 224-2315
Ohio Senator Rob Portman (R)
Washington, D.C. (202) 224-3353 Columbus (614) 469-6774
Toll-Free 1-800-205-6446 (OHIO) Cincinnati (513) 684-3265
Cleveland (216) 522-7095 Toledo (419) 259-3895
https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ (Find all 100 U.S. senators here.)
U.S. senators voted largely on party lines 52-48, 2 not voting
Boozman (R-AR) Burr (R-NC) Capito (R-WV)
Cassidy (R-LA) Cochran (R-MS) Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN) Cornyn (R-TX) Cotton (R-AR)
Crapo (R-ID) Cruz (R-TX) Daines (R-MT)
Enzi (R-WY) Ernst (R-IA) Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ) Gardner (R-CO) Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA) Hatch (R-UT) Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND) Inhofe (R-OK) Johnson (R-WI)
Kennedy (R-LA) Lankford (R-OK) Lee (R-UT)
McCain (R-AZ) McConnell (R-KY) Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK) Perdue (R-GA) Portman (R-OH)
Risch (R-ID) Roberts (R-KS) Rounds (R-SD)
Rubio (R-FL) Sasse (R-NE) Scott (R-SC)
Shelby (R-AL) Strange (R-AL) Sullivan (R-AK)
Thune (R-SD) Tillis (R-NC) Toomey (R-PA)
Wicker (R-MS) Young (R-IN)
Booker (D-NJ) Brown (D-OH) Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD) Carper (D-DE) Casey (D-PA)
Coons (D-DE) Cortez Masto (D-NV) Donnelly (D-IN)
Duckworth (D-IL) Durbin (D-IL) Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN) Gillibrand (D-NY) Harris (D-CA)
Hassan (D-NH) Heinrich (D-NM) Heitkamp (D-ND)
Hirono (D-HI) Kaine (D-VA) King (I-ME)
Klobuchar (D-MN) Leahy (D-VT) Manchin (D-WV)
Markey (D-MA) McCaskill (D-MO) Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR) Murphy (D-CT) Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL) Peters (D-MI) Reed (D-RI)
Sanders (I-VT) Schatz (D-HI) Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH) Stabenow (D-MI) Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-NM) Van Hollen (D-MD) Warner (D-VA)
Warren (D-MA) Whitehouse (D-RI) Wyden (D-OR)
Ohio: Brown (D-OH), Nay Portman (R-OH), Yea
Ohio U.S. representatives
Please check below to see how YOUR U.S. Rep voted today on HJ 69, (renamed SJ Res 18 in the U.S. Senate). Then, call him either to thank him for his vote or to respectfully tell him his vote does not represent your views and why.
Ohio U.S. reps voted strictly on party lines.
Steve Chabot (R) YES (513) 684-2723
Warren Davidson (R) YES (513) 779-5400
Bob Gibbs (R) YES (419) 207-0650
Jim Jordan (R) YES (419) 999-6455
Bill Johnson (R) YES (740)-376-0868
David Joyce (R) YES (440) 352-3939
Bob Latta (R) YES (419) 354-8700
Jim Renacci (R) YES (330) 336-3001
Steve Stivers (R) YES (614) 771-4968
Pat Tiberi (R) YES (614) 895-0900
Mike Turner (R) YES (937) 225-2843
Brad Wenstrup (R) YES (513) 474-7777
Joyce Beatty (D) NO (202) 225-4324
Marcia Fudge (D) NO (216) 522-4900
Marcy Kaptur (D) NO (216) 767-5933
Tim Ryan (D) NO (330) 630-7311
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll098.xml (Check non-Ohio US reps’ votes here)
Today, I am Ohio. I am shocked at what happened in Arizona this year. I am chilled at what is happening right now in Ohio.
A rotting stink is slowly wafting across the nation. It’s not just the usual, rising stench of the 10,000 mills with puppies and kittens, endlessly crated, lying in their own waste. This nasty odor starts in Arizona. A bill was signed this spring into law by Arizona Governor Ducey. This new state law, allowing pet stores to sell animals from large-scale breeders (AKA “puppy mills”), trumps and VOIDS ordinances already in effect in the cities of Tempe and Phoenix, and finishes off the proposed ordinance in Tucson. These three cities had independently legislated that they would only allow shelter and rescue dogs to be sold in pet stores. The state legislature decided otherwise for them.
The new law also STOPS other Arizona jurisdictions from passing such ordinances in the future.
Arizona’s initiative is larger than the mill animals being sold in pet stores. Please note that there are some 18, Arizona state bills that aim to trump local ordinances.
Additionally, there is a state bill that intends to withhold state funds from jurisdictions that want to pass local ordinances that do not line up with the Arizona legislature’s proposals.
Two, fast-tracked, Ohio bills
This same rotten funk is now hovering over Ohio. Two bills are being fast-tracked at the end of the legislative session against the will of Ohioans and against “home rule”, embedded in the Ohio Constitution.
Two years ago, Toledo passed an ordinance, banning the sale of mill animals in pet stores. Grove City passed this same ordinance in March.
So, Petland pushed back hard. First, it sued Grove City Council because it not want the local ordinance. Then, Petland, whose international headquarters is in Chillicothe, approached Senator Bob Peterson (R) of Chillicothe, to sponsor state legislation similar to Arizona’s.
SB 331, sponsored by Senator Peterson (R) moved through committee and passed a full Senate vote in about a week, lightning speed. Amendments are expected to be added this week. A full House vote is expected to pass SB 331 this week, the last week of the General Assembly.
These bills are not good for mill animals, where profit stomps puppies, and not good for unsuspecting, pet owners. Additionally, the passage of these initiatives does not bode well for the passage of future, animal welfare legislation in Ohio. These bills must be stopped.
What can you do to stop these bills from being enacted? Call Speaker Rosenberger’s office (614) 466-3506 today to RESPECTFULLY oppose SB 331, Dog Sales in Pet Stores!
You might say, “Good morning! This is (your name) from (your city). I am calling to ask Speaker Rosenberger to use his authority as Speaker of the Ohio House to oppose SB 331, Dog Sales in Pet Stores.
“SB 331 is not good for Ohio animals, families, or communities. It perpetuates the inhumane treatment of animals by large-scale breeders. It does not protect unsuspecting families, who buy pet store animals that often have enormous medical and behavior problems. It stomps ‘home rule’, embedded in the Ohio Constitution. Ohio jurisdictions know what their own community values are, and are capable of legislating accordingly.
“Most states across the nation are moving in the OPPOSITE direction. Their pet stores use the successful business model of selling pets from shelters and humane agencies, not large-scale breeders.
“Thank you for using your leadership to protect Ohio animals, families, and communities by OPPOSING the passage of SB 331!”
Kindly write or call important decision makers in Columbus to push back against the contentious amendment in HB 166!
The “Pet Store Animal Sales” amendment, recently slipped into HB 166, an unrelated tax cleanup bill, lays a legal foundation for continuing ‘profits over pups’.
This amendment aims to OVERTURN the ban on the sale of mill animals in pet stores already passed in Toledo and Grove City and to STOP future ordinances from passing in Ohio cities.
This amendment overrides “home rule”, the ability of individual jurisdictions to understand and to regulate their local issues. Will the state legislature be enacting other legislation to nullify more local ordinances?
The ever-popular “End Big Government” chorus is silent here. State legislators appear to be strong-arming the small jurisdictions by moving suddenly on this undesirable amendment, right before summer break. These legislators are now poised to impose the will of a few onto the many.
Costly, ongoing problems come with the purchase of mill animals. Designer pets, originating in mills, with hidden health and behavior problems, are often sold for $1,000, $1,500, even several thousands of dollars per animal. Cleaned up, groomed, and endearing – but seriously defective – pets are sold to unsuspecting consumers.
Moreover, this recently added amendment is a clear example of special interests and lobbyists directing the legislature. Petland has a law suit against Grove City because of the ordinance that passed there in March to ban mill animals from being sold in pet stores.
Petland approached Senator Bob Peterson (R) of Chillicothe, where Petland’s world headquarters is located, to add this amendment to a bill. Senator Peterson is the chair of the Senate Ways and Means committee, that is hearing HB 166 with the horrendous, Petland-backed amendment.
Also, the “Pet Stores Animal Sales” amendment states, “The regulation of pet stores is a matter of general statewide interest that requires statewide regulation.” I agree that this is a laudable goal. It should, however, be reached in a decidedly different manner. Instead of voiding local ordinances with state bills, the senators should be applauding the legislative initiatives and due diligence of Grove City and Toledo.
Widespread awareness of the miserable conditions in which animals are raised by large-scale, dog merchants has launched a flurry of protective, legislative action across the nation. Over 160 jurisdictions nationwide have passed ordinances to ban the sale of mill animals in pet stores with a half dozen more poised to pass their own ordinances.
More than 21 states (AZ, AK, CA, CT, DE, FL, IL, ME, MD, MA, MN, NB, NV, NH, NJ, NY, OR, PA, RI, SC, VT, VA) have enacted “Puppy Lemon Laws”. “Puppy Lemon” laws are common sense consumer protections that guard against individuals unknowingly buying a dog or cat with expensive, health or severe behavior problems.
Senator Peterson was recently quoted in the media as saying he wanted to see animals coming from USDA-licensed breeders. Unfortunately, Senator, the USDA-licensed breeders require only the most bare, minimum standards of care to keep an animal alive.
Pet stores nationwide regularly advertise that their puppies and kittens come from USDA-licensed breeders. This is an attempt to relax unsuspecting consumers. The consumers believe that this means these animals are not bred in mills. That is not so. That USDA-license neither assures that the animals were housed in sanitary conditions nor confirms that the animals had adequate, veterinary care.
Big business is at its worst here. One business with its world headquarters in Ohio is directing state law, against the will of the voters across the state.
There is a hearing in Columbus on HB 166 this Wednesday WITH A POSSIBLE VOTE. We do not want the amendment to be voted on in committee. We want the amendment to be taken out.
If the committee votes on HB 166 WITH the amendment, it is also possible that HB 166 could move to the Senate floor for a vote. This would not be good.
There is a similar, pet store bill in Arizona that has passed both the House and the Senate. It awaits the governor’s signature.
“’We want to grow in all four corners of the state,’ said Mike Gonidakis, Petland attorney and lobbyist. ‘Our world headquarters is in Chillicothe. We’re a family-owned business that employs 500 people statewide in over 20 stores, and we want to grow. But radicals have been picking off city councils one at a time to ban us from operating.’”
Both Toledo and Grove City Councils have passed resolutions opposing this amendment.
When Illinois Governor Quinn signed his “Puppy Lemon” bill into law, he stated, ”This law … is all about protecting our pets and protecting our families who love their pets. We don’t want those who are conducting these puppy mills anywhere in the United States to get away with what they’re doing. That’s our real mission.”
Please write or call the members of the Senate Ways and Means committee. RESPECTFULLY ask that the “Pet Stores Animal Sales” amendment be taken out of HB 166.
“Dear Chair Peterson, Vice Chair Beagle, Ranking Minority Member Tavares, and honorable members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee,”
“I strongly urge you to strike the “Pet Store Animal Sales” amendment, recently slipped into HB 166, a tax cleanup bill.”
“I stand firmly against this amendment for several reasons. First, I am opposed to the state legislators working to end ‘home rule’. Local jurisdictions are in the best position to know what their community values are and to make their own ordinances. This is yet another example of ‘big government’ deciding what’s best for all and imposing laws which the local jurisdictions do not want.”
“Second, state legislation should protect unsuspecting consumers from buying unhealthy, unsocialized animals instead of opening the floodgates to sell more mill animals.”
“Third, this recently added amendment relates specifically to one, Ohio business whose world headquarters is located in the chair of the committee’s district, Chillicothe.”
“In closing, I urge you to strike this contentious amendment from HB 166 before the next committee meeting.”
Senate Ways and Means Committee
Sen Bob Peterson, Chair (R), (614) 466-8156 email@example.com
Sen Bill Beagle (R), (614) 466-6247 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen Chaleta Tavares (D), Ranking Minority Member (614) 466-5131 email@example.com
Sen Troy Balderson (R), (614) 466-8076 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen Capri Cafaro (D), (614) 466-7182 email@example.com
Sen Frank LaRose (R), (614) 466-4823 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen John Eklund (R), (614) 644-7718 email@example.com
Sen Bob Hackett (R), (614) 466-3780 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen Kris Jordan (R), (614) 466-8086 email@example.com
Sen Sandra Williams (D), (614) 466-4857 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please copy your e-mails to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org They have been reporting on the amendment.