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Bill would ban the sale of animals at swap meets in Nevada

Bill would ban the sale of animals at swap meets in Nevada

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Mar 26, 2013

 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- No more selling puppies, kittens, bunnies or any live animals at swap meets -- that's what animal welfare groups want from state lawmakers, and they're using a Contact 13 investigation to show legislators why they want the ban.

Undercover video from our investigation was shot for the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society because of complaints they received regarding the treatment of animals at the Broad Acres Swap Meet in North Las Vegas.

Puppies as young as six weeks old were kept crowded in small cages, exhausted from the heat.

"Swap meets are not a place that live animals should be, so the spirit of the bill, banning the sale of animals at swap meets -- we obviously support that," said Gina Greisan, president of Nevada Voters for Animals. "We were the ones that filmed the undercover video and got very sick doing so because we didn't know it was happening." 

Assembly Bill 246 would prohibit the sale or transfer of ownership of a live animal at a swap meet. Anyone caught doing it would be guilty of a misdemeanor.

A representative of Broad Acres Swap Meet argued on behalf of their animal vendors to keep regulation at a local level. They claim that everything is better now that they implemented changes requiring sellers to register as licensed breeders, and regulating safe outdoor temperatures for selling animals.

Supporters of the bill want statewide legislation to prevent rule changes on a county-by-county basis.

"Make it more uniform so that everyone is on the same page," said Stacia Newman, President of Nevada Political Action for Animals. "The animals are the ones that are in jeopardy. They pay the ultimate price. A lot of them die because they are not properly cared for." 

The bill as drafted exempts nonprofit organizations like rescue groups, but many want a ban across the board that includes everyone. So for now, it's back to the drawing board to tinker with the language of the bill.