Do not repeal any provisions of the Hayden Law
  • Petitioned California Governor

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California Governor
California State House
California State Senate
California
Gov. Jerry Brown

Do not repeal any provisions of the Hayden Law

    1. Marla  Tauscher
    2. Petition by

      Marla Tauscher

      Los Angeles, CA

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July 2012

Victory

The California budget bill has been passed without repealing the Hayden Law. Nearly 65,000 people signed this petition to preserve California's animal shelter laws. The signatures, which were delivered to key legislators and covered by media throughout California during the budget process, kept the pressure on lawmakers until they voted against repealing the Hayden Law. While there's still a need for improvement in shelters across the state, saving the Hayden Law was an important step in giving a voice to those who can't speak for themselves and making sure we keep moving forward in caring for homeless pets.

The Hayden Law was passed in California in 1998 and provides the nation's most comprehensive laws to protect shelter animals. Governor Jerry Brown is considering a repeal of a number of provisions of the Hayden Law citing budget concerns. With the Hayden Law, California was at the forefront of animal shelter regulation and many states have been following that lead ever since.

Some of the provisions that are subject to repeal would mean permanently reducing the required holding period for animals to 72 hours prior to euthanasia, eliminating the requirement to provide veterinary treatment for shelter animals, and eliminating the requirement to keep records for animals impounded by shelter personnel, which would only make it more difficult to locate lost animals or those available for adoption.

The situation for shelter animals is bad enough now. Why ensure that it remains that way in the future as well? There is no justification, budgetary or otherwise, for making these changes permanent. The provisions in question have already been suspended since July 2009, and are currently not imposing additional costs on the state. California's homeless animals deserve better. Repeal of any of the provisions of the Hayden Law would be a giant step backward for the animals of California when other states are continuing forward with animal protection laws.

Further information is available here:

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/14/4186863/jerry-browns-budget-plan-would.html

The bill is already being re-written and the Hayden Law provisions in question have been revised or stricken entirely:

 

http://www.dof.ca.gov/budgeting/trailer_bill_language/corrections_and_general_government/documents/%5b301%5d%20Repeal%20Make%20Permissive%20Specified%20Mandates.pdf

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Decision-maker Darrell Steinberg responds:

      Darrell Steinberg

      Thank you for contacting my office regarding your concern for the Governor’s proposal to suspend the Hayden Law in his proposed state budget. This law requires both private and public animal shelters to abide by a set of anti-cruelty re...


    2. Senate panel keeps animal shelter law alive, for now

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "A Senate budget panel on Wednesday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to repeal provisions of California's animal shelter law...While the matter is far from settled -- it must go through more budget hearings -- animal activists hailed the vote as a victory and pledged to keep up the pressure on lawmakers and the Brown administration."

    3. Assembly committee rejects plan to make it easier to kill shelter animals

      Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      "Animal lovers can breath a bit easier tonight, after an Assembly budget subcommittee smacked down a plan by Gov. Jerry Brown to roll back major portions of a state law aimed at protecting stray and abandoned animals from death...Thousands signed a petition opposing the governor’s plan, and dozens showed up at Tuesday’s hearing."

    4. Assembly Budget Subcommittee Votes Unanimously Not to Repeal Hayden Law!

      Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      Sutter's Friends is reporting that the Assembly Budget Subcommittee voted unanimously today to maintain the suspension of the Hayden Law instead of repealing it. This is a very important victory, but it's not over yet – next month, the State Senate will consider the repeal. Many thanks to everyone who has signed the petition. Keep spreading the word and continue urging Gov. Brown and state legislators not to repeal the Hayden Law!

    5. Day of Action: Save California's Shelter Animals, Save the Hayden Law

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      This is a guest post from Marla Tauscher, an animal law attorney in California who started a campaign on Change.org asking Governor Jerry Brown not to repeal the state's protections for shelter animals. 
      In 1998, California enacted a comprehensive...

    6. Calif. Gov. Considers Repealing Law that Prolongs Life of Shelter Animals

      Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      From MercuryNews.com: "While Gov. Jerry Brown looks for ways to defeat the state deficit, he may find himself barking up the wrong tree. One of the methods, he has suggested is repeal of the Hayden law that went into effect in September, 1997 ... Those interested in signing a petition to stop repeal of the Hayden law, can visit www.change.org/petitions/the-governor-of-ca-do-not-repeal-any-provisions-of-the-hayden-law."

    7. Activists Oppose Gov. Brown's Plan to Allow Earlier Shelter Euthanizations

      Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      From Southern California Public Radio: "...Attorney Marla Tauscher says people who live in the L.A. area have a lot of ground to cover to find lost animals."

    8. Animal advocates protest shelter defunding

      Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      KABC-TV reports on Marla delivering the petition to Gov. Brown's office today.

    9. Gov. Jerry Brown proposes to cut length of time, funding for shelter care

      Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      ..."Tauscher began an online petition on Change.org to protest the proposal. Some kids even began their own signature drive.

      Tauscher turned in nearly 50,000 signatures to Brown hoping that'll pressure him to back off.

      'It is heartbreaking. It really is,' Tauscher said. 'These provisions, they don't require anything more than common decency. They're not extraordinary. They're not exorbitant.'"

    10. Animal advocates ask Gov. Jerry Brown to preserve shelter law

      Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      "On Thursday, a Palm Springs attorney delivered a petition with more than 45,000 signatures to Gov. Jerry Brown's office, asking the state's chief executive not to repeal provisions of the 1998 law that lengthened the amount of time shelters must hold stray and abandoned pets before euthanizing them. Brown has said that shortening the hold period from six days to three would save the state about $46 million per year."

    11. Reached 50,000 signatures
    12. Petition to be delivered to Gov. Brown on Thursday

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Join Marla to deliver the petition to Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday at 10 am. Get details and RSVP at the Facebook event:

    13. Marla will be interviewed on KFI's Tim Conway Jr Show Wednesday night

      Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      Tune into the Tim Conway Jr Show on KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 8:00 PM to hear an interview with petition creator Marla Tauscher.

    14. Press conference in opposition to repeal scheduled for Feb 14 is postponed

      Marla  Tauscher
      Petition Organizer

      New date and time will be posted as soon as possible

    15. Pet Lovers Barking Mad Over California Budget Proposal

      Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      Associated Press: "Pet advocates are fighting like cats and dogs to stop a deficit-slashing proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown that aims to save $23 million by ending reimbursements to animal shelters for the cost of keeping strays alive."

    16. Reached 40,000 signatures
    17. More on the coverage of opposition to the repeal of the Hayden Law

      Marla  Tauscher
      Petition Organizer

      Hopefully the lawmakers are taking notice

    18. Press Conference in Opposition to Repeal of the Hayden Law - LA Feb. 14

      Marla  Tauscher
      Petition Organizer

      Please attend this if you can so our state officials see that we do not support the repeal of any provisions of the Hayden Law

    19. Reached 25,000 signatures
    20. Animal Advocates Blast Gov. Brown for "Putting Pets on Death Row"

      Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      From the L.A. Times: "Sure, Gov. Jerry Brown has slashed funding for social welfare programs and public universities by billions, but now, some say he’s gone too far -- he's targeting pets..."

    21. Animal Shelter Defunding Has Activists Alarmed

      Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      From KABC-TV: "Plans to help California's ailing budget could impact animal shelters throughout the state. The proposal to strip funding from shelters has animal activists concerned that more pets will get euthanized."

    22. Reached 20,000 signatures
    23. Another news story

      Marla  Tauscher
      Petition Organizer

      Media coverage is critical to let the public know what is happening and the devastating impact it will have on our shelter animals.

    24. Local attorney petitions governor to leave Hayden Act intact

      Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      "A Palm Springs attorney, Marla Tauscher, initiated a petition drive to urge Governor Jerry Brown to reconsider his proposal to gut some of the Hayden Act’s most important provisions."

    25. 15,000 and counting...

      Marla  Tauscher
      Petition Organizer

      Wow, way past the original goal of 10,000!!

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Becca L OVERLAND PARK, KS
      • about 2 years ago

      These sweet animals can't speak for themselves so we MUST stand up for them!!

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    • Mari Carmel RANDOLPH, ME
      • about 2 years ago

      Native Southern Californian, please continue to pretect our animals and give them a chance. A large part of animals picked up have owners who are trying to find there loved one, in which is not always easy. Animal can end up in numerious shelters and even if microchiped owner has to pray there pet is checked. would you want your pet not to receive care if hurt or killed before you could get to them?

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    • Ivan Cannon LAS VEGAS, NV
      • about 2 years ago

      Sheltered animals have a rough life as is. We need to provide them with the best care and most opportunity available to secure them a permanent home and hopeful future... Thank you for listening!

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    • Gina Cardenez SANTEE, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      maybe if it wasn't so much to get an animal maybe more would buy to buy a domestic cat $75 or more now come on they should have it like before when you could get your pets fixed with your med i cal card or fix them free

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    • Rhonda Briggs OLYMPIA, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      Jerry Brown? I can't believe it; although I am not a Californian, I have always admired you. Find your cuts elsewhere, Governor! California should be proud of the progress it has made; please don't move backward.

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