We are often asked, "Why hasn't there been some kind of puppy mill bill passed in North Carolina?
Or ANY animal welfare laws? What's stopping you from getting something DONE?"
ASK SENATOR BILL RABON
In 2014, after picking apart HB 930 as being "too weak",
Bill Rabon said he would write a better puppy mill bill and
that he was the only person that could get it passed.
That was five years ago.
”When I do it, it will be done at the right time, and it will pass,” he said.
“I’m in the top five members in power in the Senate.
The best shot you folks have ever had, you’re talking to." WRAL January 2014
So, where's the puppy mill bill, BILL???
Rabon, however, told constituents during a profanity-laced, 90-minute meeting that the bill was dead on arrival last year. He said the Senate had already decided not to act on the bill in the General Assembly's upcoming short session. “That bill is not going to pass,” Rabon told the group. “Angels in heaven cannot make that bill pass."
“It can’t spill over to the animal husbandry in this state, which is an $80 billion industry – larger than the other top five industries in the state,” he said. “There is a LOT of money involved." WRAL January 2014
CLICK on the image to listen to Rabon's
profanity laced meeting with constituents supporting HB 930
Click HERE to read the transcript.
A History of the 2014 Puppy Mill Bill - HB 930
Profanity Laced Recording of NC Senator's Meeting Cited in Death of Puppy Mill Bill
Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, has opposed Saine's proposals in the past, and the veterinarian is now the chairman of the powerful Senate Rules Committee, which controls the flow of bills through the chamber. Rabon and the American Kennel Club, which has lobbied against breeder regulations, argue that such legislation, if approved, could lead to burdensome rules for livestock operations as well. WRAL February 2017
According to Follow the Money, during the 2012 election cycle alone, of the aforementioned organizations doled out large campaign contributions to candidates running for office. The North Carolina Farm Bureau, an organization concerned that the puppy mill restrictions will eventually encompass farm animals, gave a total of $258,000 to all statewide candidates for office. More importantly, however, is that they were Rabon’s 6th top overall contributor. Rabon and Apodaca clearly seem to be more concerned about themselves than for the welfare of the animals or wishes of their constituents. Politics North Carolina April 2014
Puppy Mill Bill Introduced in NC General Assembly 2017
Rabon Responds to Puppy Mill Bill Criticism