I am a sheep producer on the other side of the country, but I still feel compelled to write about this bill. As currently drafted, it would ban the breeding of two kinds of dogs that are absolutely critical to the sheep industry: working Border collies (which are not registered with the AKC, but with the American Border Collie Association) and many kinds of livestock guardian dogs, many of which are mixes of various breeds and purebreds with breed-specific registries like the working Border collies.
Without these dogs, I could not do my job. Califorinia is one of the largest sheep producing states in the US, and I know many of my fellow shepherds rely on their working dogs to get their day's work done and to keep their sheep safe from predation.
While the intention of reducing unwanted, unintentionally bred dogs is to be applauded, this bill is ham-fisted and would produce real harm to those of us who work in the animal agriculture industry.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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