Clients and friends have been asking me what I think about Proposition B in our upcoming election. So, here's what I think.
The apparent purpose of Proposition B is to limit the number of dogs a commercial breeder may have. There are people who believe that commercial dog-breeding should be eliminated. That question could be debated on its own merits, but it should not be disguised as an animal welfare issue.
The smoke-screen for this is all the "warm-fuzzy" (but poorly written) stuff about housing and care. Strict standards are already in place in our present regulations, but the USDA doesn't have the manpower and money to inspect breeders more than twice per year.
This initiative doesn't add any funding or manpower to help enforce the standards that are already in place. It does make violations a criminal misdemeanor, rather than a cite-and-fine type situation, as it is now. This places the burden on local law enforcement, who have no expertise, and who are already busy with "real crimes". Will this actually help any animals? Not so much.
So, the upshot is that the proponents of Proposition B are trying to severely curtail (if not eliminate) commercial dog-breeding, and do not care that they are going to throw monkey wrenches far and wide in the process.
Here's another informative link.
And, no, I don't have any clientele who are commercial breeders.
Thanks for asking.