Senator Bussman’s Bill, SB25
A pawn in the world of politics and three steps back for animal welfare in the state of Alabama
There seem to be so many questions about two low-cost spay/neuter bills competing in the Alabama State Senate, HB188 (the good spay neuter bill) and SB25 (the bad spay neuter bill).
On April 2nd HB188, introduced by Representative Patricia Todd, passed the House by an overwhelming margin. It looked like progress was being made until Freshman Senator Paul Bussman blocked the bill and offered a competing bill, SB25.
The difference in the bills?
HB188, the GOOD spay neuter bill:
- allows rabies vaccines and parasite control- internal and external
- clearly states that the clinics may not become full service facilities
- does not compromise the oath that Veterinarians take by restricting medical materials they can have on hand
- supported by the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association
SB25, the BAD spay neuter bill:
- prevents administration of vaccines , wormers, flea treatments
- prohibits medical materials not directly needed for s/n to be onsite- if a patient has complications, the drugs and equipment that may be needed for the critical care of the patient are prohibited
- requires annual reporting to the legislature on number of surgeries, complications, mortality- no other veterinarians are required to make such reports
- limits surgeries to those that are donor subsidized
- NOT supported by the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association
How does this affect the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, the Alabama Spay Neuter Clinic and others?
The four Low-Cost Spay Neuter Clinics in Alabama, which perform more than 20,000 spay neuters per year, would be forced to close their doors due to no longer being allowed to employee a full time veterinarian. The GBHS also has a full time veterinarian that provides vaccinations, micro chipping and spay/neutering for every adoptable pet that is surrendered to the GBHS.
SB25 would not allow the GBHS to have a veterinarian on staff pushing us to close our doors and directly impacting the amount of unwanted homeless pets.
What can you do t0 help:
Starting now and every day, light up the phones and emails of our local delegation and remind them that the clinics need HB188 to pass into law to keep operating. Tell them to get HB188 on the Senate floor Tuesday, April 30
Jabo Waggoner/R (Jefferson/Shelby)- firstname.lastname@example.org
Slade Blackwell/R (Jefferson/Shelby)- SB@sladeblackwell.com (334) 242-7851
Scott Beason/R – (334) 242-7794
Linda Coleman/D (Jefferson) – email@example.com (334) 242-7864
Priscilla Dunn/D (Jefferson) – (334) 242-7793
Rodger Smitherman/D (Jefferson) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Cam Ward/R (Bibb, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby) – email@example.com