Pennsylvania Action Alert

Attention: open in a new window. PDFPrintE-mail

July 9, 2013 UPDATE-

PENNSYLVANIA Rabies Medical Exemption Bill SB 155 http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2013&sessInd=0&billBody=S&billTyp=B&billNbr=0155&pn=1211 was unanimously passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Corbett July 9th, effective in 60 days (September 7th).  The passage of SB 155 makes Pennsylvania the 18th state with a rabies medical exemption clause.

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

PENNSYLVANIA Rabies Medical Exemption Bill SB 155 (January 2013)

2/6/13 Update -
the rabies medical exemption bill, SB 155 was "reported out" of the Senate Agriculture Committee by unanimous vote (all voting in favor) & will go to the full Senate for consideration on February 11th.

Please contact your Senators http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/contact.cfm?body=S & ask them to support SB 155.

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2013&sessInd=0&billBody=S&billTyp=B&billNbr=0155&pn=0107 has been introduced for a 3rd time by Senator Greenleaf & has been referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee (link to Senator Greenleaf's memo reintroducing this bill http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/Legis/CSM/showMemoPublic.cfm?chamber=S&SPick=20130&cosponId=9832). Please contact members below asking them to vote to pass this bill for dogs and cats determined by a veterinarian to be too ill to be vaccinated.


Members of the Pennsylvania Senate Agriculture Committee

Senator Elder Vogel, Chair (717) 787-3076 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Senator Michael Waugh, Vice-Chair (717) 787-3817 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Senator Lisa Boscola (717) 787-4236 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Senator Joseph Scarnati (717) 787-7084 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Senator Mike Brubaker (717) 787-4420 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Senator John Eichelberger (717) 787-5490 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Senator Robert Robbins (717) 787-1322 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Senator Gene Yaw (717) 787-3280 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Senator Andrew Dinniman (717) 787-5709 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Senator Shirley Kitchen (717) 787-6735 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Senator Timothy Solobay (717) 787-1463 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


The Rabies Challenge Fund Letter to Pennsylvania State Veterinarian

June 29, 2010

Dr. Craig E. Shultz

State Veterinarian

Department of Agriculture

2301 N. Cameron Street, Room 410

Harrisburg, PA 17110

RE: Medical Exemption Clause for Pennsylvania’s Rabies Prevention and Control Code

Greetings Dr. Shultz:

On behalf of The Rabies Challenge Fund and the Pennsylvania pet owners who have contacted us requesting assistance, we respectfully request that you, in your capacity as State Veterinarian, initiate medical exemption legislation waiving the rabies immunization requirement in Chapter 16, Subchapter C., §16.43 of the Pennsylvania Code for the small number of animals whose veterinarians have determined their medical conditions preclude vaccination.

The states of Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin all have medical exemption clauses for sick animals in their rabies immunization laws, and a bill is currently pending in the California legislature to include a waiver in their statutes.

The labels on rabies vaccines state that they are for “the vaccination of healthy cats, dogs…,” and there are medical conditions for which vaccination can jeopardize the life or well-being of an animal. A medical exemption clause would allow Pennsylvania veterinarians to write waivers for animals whose medical conditions (such as those with cancer, kidney/liver failure, hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, grand mal seizures, and chronic autoimmune disorders) would be exacerbated by rabies vaccination. The State of Maine inserted such an exemption into their 3 year rabies protocol, 7 M.R.S.A., Sec. 3922(3), which became effective in April 2005 -- not one rabid dog has been reported in the more than 5 years since that date. Colorado’s data reflect the same -- there have been no rabid dogs reported in the state since passage of their medical exemption clause in July 2008.

Maine’s exemption language is as follows:

A. A letter of exemption from vaccination may be submitted for licensure, if a medical reason exists that precludes the vaccination of the dog. Qualifying letters must be in the form of a written statement, signed by a licensed veterinarian, that includes a description of the dog, and the medical reason that precludes vaccination. If the medical reason is temporary, the letter shall indicate a time of expiration of the exemption.

B. A dog exempted under the provisions of paragraph 5 A, above, shall be considered unvaccinated, for the purposes of 10-144 C.M.R. Ch.251, Section 7(B)(1), (Rules Governing Rabies Management) in the case of said dog’s exposure to a confirmed or suspect rabid animal.

The Rabies Challenge Fund strongly urges you to request legislation be submitted on behalf of the Department of Agriculture amending Chapter 16, Subchapter C., §16.43 of the Pennsylvania Code to include medical exemption language for unhealthy animals for which rabies vaccination would compromise their well-being.

Sincerely,

Kris L. Christine

Founder, Co-Trustee

THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND

www.RabiesChallengeFund.org

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

cc: Dr. W. Jean Dodds

Dr. Ronald Schultz

Pennsylvania General Assembly



Year 7 Donations

$180,000
donation thermometer
donation thermometer
$129,657
donation thermometer
72%
Updated:
3/10/16

Quick Links

Donate today

Help get us to the fundraising finish line.

Join our Mailing List

Receive timely updates and important action alerts.

Look Who's Endorsing the Rabies Challenge Fund

Rin Tin Tin, Benji and and award-winning author Jan Rasmusen all endorse the RCF.

Join Our Facebook Community

Join our community and connect with other supporters of the RCF.

Thank You!

The Rabies Challenge Fund is a grassroots, team effort. Every contribution, regardless of size, moves us closer to our goal. We thank all the individuals, businesses, and breed clubs, canine clubs and associations for their generous support.

The Rabies Challenge Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization studying the duration of immunity conveyed by rabies vaccines.