California, take action to help dogs too ill to receive the rabies vaccine
  • Petitioned State Rep. Eric Linder

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State Rep. Eric Linder

California, take action to help dogs too ill to receive the rabies vaccine

    1. Petition by

      Lisa Lippman

      chino Hills, CA

Molly's Bill, authored by Assemblyman Curt Hagman, aims to create a medical exemption for dogs who are too ill to receive the rabies vaccine in the state of California. The medical exemptions would be provided by veterinarians on a case-by-case basis and include dogs with chronic diseases such as kidney failure, liver failure, pemphigus, lupus, etc. According to many published studies as well as Michael Day, author of “Clinical Immunology of the Dog and Cat,” “Vaccination may trigger a range of immune-mediated reactions in dogs and cats." More can be found on the rabies vaccine in animals on The bill was introduced once before and although it passed senate and assembly policy committees, it was halted in Senate Appropriations. The Department of Health claims it will cost $140,000 to change three sentences on a regulation that is one page long. The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association is the sponsor of the legislation and the California Veterinary Medical Association supports it. Clearly, the bill makes sense. Unfortunately, your signature will only count if you are a California resident.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2 signatures
    2. Molly's Bill Aims to Protect Sick Dogs from Potentially Harmful Vaccination

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      When it comes to vaccinating our dogs, opinions vary widely on what’s best for the long-term health of our pets. Yet, we’re all required by law to vaccinate our dogs for rabies.
      But is that requirement medically appropriate for all dogs?


    Reasons for signing

    • Karen Sutherland SANTA CRUZ, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      I had my chihuahua vaccinated, and it almost killed him. Thankfully, he survived. I was ignorant regarding possible vaccine reactions, and it almost cost my dog his life. I am very angry about this. It's just wrong.

    • cydni oldham FRESNO, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      I should be able to license my dog even though he would DIE if I gave him the rabies vaccine again.

    • katherine kishino RIVERSIDE, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      My dog has HORRIBLE side effects whenever given the rabies vaccine

    • Jack Carone CANOGA PARK, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      There is no real science going on here. A chi gets the same dose as a Great Dane. The toxic chemicals which carry the pathogens are dangerous all on their own. This is a cash-cow for vets. The animal control agencies continue out of habit, as they do with the killing despite proven life-saving programs

    • Katherine Stables VENTURA, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      I have had older pets of my own with disease conditions that would have been further compromised had they been vaccinated for ANYTHING, including rabies. Additionally, I am a veterinarian.


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