- CA Legislature
PROTECT Californians Right to Choose AFFORDABLE Care for Our Animals
This is a before and after shot of one of our member's dogs, Snoopy. He would not be alive today if she had not sought out alternative practitioners!!
Snoopy was paralyzed and abandoned at a dog park. Two veterinarians advised his rescuer to put him down, saying his chances to walk were slim. Instead she took him to swim therapy, massage and acupuncture. Snoopy is now walking and even jumping like a normal dog. The Vet Board already cut us off from acupuncturists…only a veterinarian can do that now. Now they want to restrict other complementary services like massage and swim therapy, so this would only be legal from a vet or a licensed physical therapist under vet supervision. Act now before your rights are taken away from you and your animals.
CALIFORNIANS: SAVE OUR RIGHTS AND OUR PETS
The California Veterinary Medical Board (Vet Board) is working on regulations that will effectively ban animal services, like massage, swim therapy, even practices like grooming, herb and nutritional counseling, and training, unless provided by licensed veterinarians, or vet techs or physical therapists supervised by a veterinarian paid to be present.
This will make animal care unaffordable and put current alternative/complementary animal care practitioners out of business. This is bad for us, bad for our animals, and bad for the California economy. The Vet Board says they have to do this because California pet owners can’t make good choices for animals. Really, this is their ostensible reason.
Most California pet owners don’t even know this is happening. Please sign this petition and pass it on. And please tell your friends and any groups you belong to what is happening. By signing the petition you send a message to the California Legislature to: Get Control of the Out-of-Control California Vet Board.
Protect the rights of pet owners in California to choose whatever therapy they want for their animals. Ensure the same freedom Californians now have for human services (through the SB277 waiver system) to choose chiropractors, massage therapists, or any other complementary practitioners for themselves and their children. Why should the State of California be more repressive when it comes to our animals?
- CA Legislature
Dear (senator or Representative, name)
The California Veterinary Medical Board (CVMB) will soon be proposing regulations (California Code of Regulations, Section 2038.5) that will severely restrict pet owners rights, making it a civil violation for anyone except a veterinarian to provide animal related services including complementary modalities like animal massage, water therapy, or any alternative therapies designed to help an animal. If the CVMB succeeds, practitioners who perform these services will be fined, cited, and told to stop practicing.
If only veterinarians can provide complementary care for animals it will mean higher costs to the consumer, and currently available services will be eliminated. Animals throughout California will suffer; some animals may even face euthanasia without access to non-vet alternative treatments. This will have a severe adverse impact on California’s small business owners and the economy.
In 2002 the Legislature passed SB 577, which allows people to choose complementary care for themselves and their family through the option of informed consent by signing a waiver to retain the use of complementary health care services that are outside the auspices of the California Medical Board. We need a bill like this to protect the options for California animal owners as well.
Would you consider sponsoring or cosponsoring a bill similar to SB 577 to protect the rights of California animal owners? The public has no other option as these regulations can be passed without voter consent. We have included a draft bill for your consideration.
A member of the California Alliance for Animal Owner Rights, HYPERLINK "http://www.calaaor/" www.CalAAOR will be contacting you to follow up on this important issue.
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