Even in the face of new evidence, many people aren't willing to change their position. Ideology, pride, or simple stubbornness so often get in the way. So imagine our surprise in discovering that one of the same lawmakers who argued in favor of Oklahoma's Commercial Pet Breeder Act is now promising to lead the fight against it, if some of its proposed regulations are not amended:
"When we discussed the Commercial Pet Breeder Act this past session, we were promised that any rules adopted by the Board would not be more stringent than those implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Instead, the Board has created such strict rules that I doubt hardly any pet breeder would be able to meet these new standards!"
"The rules that are currently in place penalize our good breeders, and if left unchecked, will force them out of business."
Representative Renegar deserves credit for taking a stand against the Pet Breeder Act as currently drafted. Renegar is a lifelong animal lover, and a DVM for three decades, who sincerely wants to see positive changes made in the way people treat their animals. But as is so often the case with these well-intentioned pieces of legislation, it ended up being crafted in such a way as to put the good out of business, while only pushing the bad further underground. We wish Representative Renegar success in modifying the bill!
For more information on the proposed rules that Renegar opposes, click here. We thank our legislative coordinator Julian Prager for his excellent analysis and recommendations.