Target: Nevada Assembly Natural Resources Committee
Goal: Ban the sale of live animals at swap meets and fix the current bill so that events and shows are not targeted
Nevada has introduced a bill, Assembly Bill 246, which could ban the sale of live animals at swap meets. This is important and meaningful legislation for the state of Nevada, but currently, the bill uses very broad language in its prohibition of animal sales. As written, the bill would prohibit sales at any “organized event at which two or more persons offer merchandise for sale or exchange.”
This would effectively prohibit competitive event shows such as those held by the AKC (“American Kennel Association”), or other sponsored and well-regulated animal sales. Of course, there should be a law banning the unregulated sale of animals at Nevada swap meets, but the current bill is not sufficiently focused in its goals. Animal welfare is important. There absolutely should be laws on the books to protect animals. However, this bill should be re-drafted so that it may accomplish this end while not penalizing the sale of animals at reputable shows.
A better version of AB 246 would exclude animal-specific shows and conventions. The bill’s intention is to prohibit the sale of animals at “swap meets,” which is important, as animals who are sold at these flea markets are often kept in atrocious conditions. Prohibiting these sales can be achieved while excluding regulated, animal-specific shows where registered breeders sell pets. Sign this position to advocate for an altered version of AB 246.
Dear Nevada Assembly Natural Resources Committee,
You are currently reviewing a bill, AB 246, which proposes to ban the sale of animals at “swap meets,” or flea markets. I agree that this is an important goal, but currently, the bill is so broad that it would effectively make it a crime to sell animals at animal-specific shows such as reptile shows and dog shows held by the AKC.
Groups such as PIJAC (“Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council”) and the U.S. Herpetoculture Alliance are protesting the current version of the bill, although each recognizes that its designed aim is important. I support an altered version of the bill. Please alter the language of the bill. When you do so, I will be supporting you in the passage of the bill to ban the selling of animals at swap meets. Thank you for your consideration.
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