There have been many developments in state rabies laws across the country in which The Rabies Challenge Fund has had a major role -- the most recent being Wichita, Kansas passing a 3 year ordinance this week. News and updates on Alabama, Rhode Island, Arkansas, Wyoming, and Tennessee are also below. First on the list is an update on The Rabies Challenge Fund www.RabiesChallengeFund.org vaccine seminar to be held this weekend which some of you may want to attend via live webstream.
Kris L. Christine
THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND
NJ Vaccine Seminar LIVE WEBSTREAM this SATURDAY with DR. W. JEAN DODDS
Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
The 2009 Northeast Rabies Challenge Fund Seminar will be held March 14, 2009 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
You can see Dr. Dodds speak live over the Internet
To attend this seminar via this live video stream visit the site to sign up, SIGN UP HERE:
Cost is $55.00 Limitation: 300 online virtual attendees.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Dr. W. Jean Dodds - "Clinical Approaches to Managing and Treating Adverse Vaccine Reactions"
3:30 PM - 3:50 PM BREAK
3:50 PM - 4:55 PM Moderated** Question and Answer Session
WICHITA, KANSAS PASSES 3 YEAR RABIES ORDINANCE
Wichita City Council Overhauls Animal Codes 3/11/09 Wichita Eagle http://www.kansas.com/news/story/728918.html
" Require rabies vaccinations every three years -- instead of every year -- for dogs, cats and ferrets."
ALABAMA--Senate Bill #469
Senate Bill #469 sponsored by Senator Larry Dixon http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/acas/ViewBillsStatusACASLogin.asp?BillNumber=sb469 was introduced on March 5, 2009 to amend Alabama Code Title 3 Section 7A-2 to conform to the 3 year rabies protocol and include a medical exemption clause for animals whose well-being would be jeopardized by rabies vaccination.The bill has been assigned to the Senate Health Committee.
What You Can Do to Help
Contact the Senate Health Committee members firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com;firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org and ask them to pass SB #469
Montgomery Advertiser March 10, 2009 Bill May Save Pet Owners Cash by Markeshia Ricks http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009903100335
"State Sen. Larry Dixon, R-Montgomery, is sponsoring a bill that would change a law that requires dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies each year. Instead, most pet owners will only have to round up their animals and pay for the shots once every three years. ........ Dr. Charles Frantz, executive director of the Alabama Veterinarian Medical Association, said vaccines for dogs and cats that immunize an animal against rabies for three years have been around for at least 20 years."
Pet owners in Rhode Island have initiated a legislative effort to change the state's 2 year rabies booster law to the national 3 year standard. The State Public Health Veterinarian, Dr. Scott Marshall, will convene a meeting of the Rabies Control Board to present The Rabies Challenge Fund's petition.
What You Can Do to Help:
Contact your legislator and ask them to introduce a bill changing the 2 year booster requirement to conform to the 3 year protocol recommended by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians Rabies Compendium and ask your pet-owning friends to do the same.
Rhode Island General Assembly: http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/
ARKANSAS PASSES NEW RABIES LAW--3 Year Law to be Set!
The Arkansas House (91-5) and Senate (35-0) passed a new rabies law authorizing the State Health Department to establish rabies vaccination schedules http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2009/R/Pages/BillInformation.aspx?measureno=HB1274 which will result in a 3 year rabies protocol for Arkansas dogs and cats.
Arkansas News 2/2/09 http://arkansasnews.com/?s=rob+moritz&x=0&y=0&=Go
"The senate also gave final legislative approval to House Bill 1274 by Rep. Pam Adcock, D-Little Rock, which would modernize the states rabies vaccination laws. Under the bill, rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats would be required every three years, rather than every year under current law."
CHEYENNE, WYOMING PASSES 3 YEAR RABIES ORDINANCE
On December 8, 2008, the Cheyenne City Council passed a 3 year rabies ordinance which included a medical exemption for sick animals.
CHEYENNE City Eases Rabies Vaccine Rules Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Page A3, Tuesday, December 9, 2008 by Jodi Rogstad
The Citys Dogs and Cats will No Longer Need to Get Rabies Shots Every Year. Pet owners now have the option to have their animal companions vaccinated once every three years. Monday, the Cheyenne City Council voted 8-2 to change the citys rabies vaccine ordinance.
Cheyenne City Council http://cheyenne.granicus.com/AgendaViewer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=57
9. ORDINANCE - 3RD READING - Amending Section 6.12.020, Rabies Tags, of Chapter 6.12, Dog and Cat Registration, and Section 6.16.020, Rabies Vaccination Required, of Chapter 6.16, Rabies Control, of Title 6, Animals, of the Code of the City of Cheyenne, Wyoming. (PUBLIC SERVICES COMMITTEE)
ACTION: Approved as amended by substitute
TENNESSEE'S 3 YEAR RABIES LAW
Many pet owners are unaware that Tennessee state law does not require annual rabies boosters. Tennessee pet owners have launched an effort requesting the state to consistently enforce the 3 year rabies immunization requirement set forth in Tennessee law Title 68 Chapter 8 tennessee.gov/sos/acts/103/pub/pc0765.pdf and recommended by the CDC's National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians and The American Veterinary Medical Association.
What You Can Do to Help
Inform your pet-owning friends and colleagues and contact any or all of the following:
Mr. Bernie Rhoades, Tennessee Department of Health Bernie.Rhoades@state.tn.us Phone: (615) 741-8539
Dr. John Dunn, Tennessee Department of Health John.Dunn@state.tn.us Phone: 615.741.7247
Your Legislator Tennessee Legislature http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/
Join the RabiesVaccinationChallengeinTN Yahoo Group http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/RabiesVaccinationChallengeinTN/?v=1&t=search&ch=web&pub=groups&sec=group&slk=3
Kris L. Christine
THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND
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