February 16, 2011

New Mexico Rabies Exemption Law Needs Your Help

HB 341 to grant rabies medical exemption to family pets in the care of a licensed veterinarian has been filed by Representative George Dodge. It will be heard by the Agriculture & Water Resources Committee Friday, February 18. All concerned New Mexico pet owners are urged to immediately contact the Committee. It is strongly opposed by the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association. We have to fight for every inch!

http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/11%20Regular/bills/house/HB0341.html

What You Can Do to Help

Contact the Chair and other members of the Committee (members and contact information below) and ask that the committee vote HB 341 OUGHT TO PASS. Please post this action alert and ask others to share and post it as well.

Representative James Roger Madalena, Chair jrmadalena@fsipinc.org (505) 986-4417
Representative Ray Begaye, Vice-Chair ray.begaye@nmlegis.gov (505) 986-4435
Representative Cathrynn N. Brown brown55@windstream.net (505) 986-4211
Representative Joseph Cervantes Joseph@cervanteslawnm.com (505) 986-4234
Representative Zachary J. Cook zachjcook@gmail.com (505) 986-4454
Representative Joni Marie Gutierrez jonig@zianet.com (505) 986-4436
Representative Dona G. Irwin donagale@zianet.com (505) 986-4234
Representative Larry A. LarraƱaga larry@larranaga.com (505) 986-4215
Representative Terry H. McMillan docmcmillan@msn.com (505) 986-4220
Representative Don L. Tripp trippsdon@netscape.net (505) 986-4220

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HB 341
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. A new section of Chapter 77, Article 1 NMSA 1978 is enacted to read:
"[NEW MATERIAL] EXEMPTION FROM THE REQUIREMENT FOR RABIES VACCINATION.--
A. An animal that would otherwise be required to be vaccinated against rabies pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 77, Article 1 or 1A NMSA 1978 may be exempted from such requirement if that animal is the subject of a letter of exemption as provided in Subsection B of this section.
B. A letter of exemption from the requirement for rabies vaccination may be issued if a medical reason exists that precludes the vaccination of an animal. A letter of exemption shall be in the form of a written statement, signed by a licensed veterinarian, that includes a description of the animal and the medical reason that precludes vaccination against rabies. If the medical reason is temporary, the letter of exemption shall indicate a time of expiration of exemption."

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