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 www.rabieschallengefund.org 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.
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