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HB 417 criminalizes breeders
& imposes federal regulations
House Bill 417, introduced in the 2013 Florida legislature, would subject all breeders of 11 or more intact female dogs and/or cats to all of the federal government's regulations over the handling, care, treatment, and transportation of dogs and cats.
The bill provides that all breeders must register with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and unless and until that department inspects an approves the breeder's application, any breeder who breeds any dog or cat would be committing a third degree felony. A registration would be valid for two years. In addition, the department would be required to inspect every registered breeder's facility annually. The bill does not provide for any additional funding or manpower to perform all of these inspections.
This bill would criminalize nearly all dog and cat breeding in the State of Florida. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is not equipped to conduct all of the facility inspections necessary to register every breeder subject to the 11 animal minimum, and as long as the department has not inspected a breeder's facility and approved the breeder's application, that breeder is prohibited from breeding any animals for sale.
In addition, for those breeders whose applications are approved by the department, they must comply with federal regulations over all aspects of their breeding program -- regulations so onerous that the federal government has refused to impose them on breeders.
The bill, introduced by Rep. Bobby Powell (Democrat, Riveria Beach), left, has been referred to the Business & Professional Regulation Subcommittee.
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Toughen
animal cruelty statute
 
Senate Bill 504, introduced in the 2013 Florida legislature, would amend the Florida criminal cruelty to animals statute by specifying that a person who commits multiple acts of animal cruelty against one animal or acts of animal cruelty against multiple animals may be charged with a separate offense for each such act of animal cruelty; providing criminal penalties; providing factors that may be used in determining whether an object is animal-fighting or animal-baiting paraphernalia; and including illegal animal fighting or baiting as an offense within the definition of the term “racketeering activity” for purposes of the Florida RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization) Act.
The bill was introduced by Sen. Jeff Brandes (Republican - St. Petersburg).



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