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We Are Loosing Our Dog Rights! Better Act NOW!

It’s happening in every state whether you know it or not! Thanks to people that don’t know that when they donate to the HSUS their money is being used to take away our rights:

179 Animal Rights Anti-Dog Bills Introduced In 34 States
Texas & Maine Hearings This Week, OK & WA At Brink
by JOHN YATES

American Sporting Dog Alliance
www.americansportingdogalliance. org
asda@conline. net

It is the year of the full-court-press against dog owners by the radical Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which has the long-range agenda of eliminating animal ownership in America.

The Cat Fanciers Association has published a list of 179 pieces of animal
rights legislation affecting dog owners that have been introduced in 34
different states, and this remarkable document actually missed a few
that we know about! CFA is to be congratulated on this Herculean
effort, which will help dog owners to learn what to expect and where to
begin to fight for their rights and the dogs they love.

But Texas, Maine, Washington and Oklahoma dog owners won’t have a single
second to waste if they want to save their rights to own and enjoy their dogs:

· A hearing on a Texas kennel and breeding bill is set for Wednesday, April 1, 2009.
·A rally by HSUS and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is set for Tuesday,
March 31, in Oklahoma City, a day before anti-breeder legislation is scheduled for a committee vote. The legislation recently passed the House by a wide margin..
· In Maine, a hearing is set for Friday, April 3, on a bill that will have a major impact on hunting and field trialing with dogs.
· A bill that will have an impact on hobby breeders of purebred dogs in Washington passed the House and a Senate committee by wide margins, and can be voted on by the full Senate at any time.

This report will begin by summarizing the CFA report, and then discuss the Texas,
Oklahoma, Maine and Washington legislation in separate sections.

As the Washington and Oklahoma legislation proves, the threats to dog ownership this year are very real. HSUS has amassed a war chest in excess of $120 million, and that’s a lot of money to use against dog owners.

Continued apathy will be your greatest enemy, and apathy accurately describes the response of most dog owners thus far. At almost every hearing, animal rights activists have outnumbered dog owners by margins of two-to-three to one.

Dog owners: The time for action is now.

The CFA Report
The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) has done a great job in assembling a resource document of pending legislation this year. It can be viewed online at www.cfa.org/ exhibitors/ bill-tracking. pdf .

The states are listed alphabetically in the=20report. To read the legislation in your state and learn about its status, search online (“Google” your state’s legislature and find the bill search page. Type in the number of the bill and follow the links.

Some states are facing major assaults on dog ownership on many different fronts.

New Jersey leads the pack, with 23 separate bills, followed by 18 in Illinois, 15 in Massachusetts, 14 in New York, 13 in Hawaii, nine in Tennessee, eight in Connecticut, seven in Texas, and six in New
Hampshire and Florida.

Other states with more than one bill are Arizona, Arkansas, California, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Wyoming, Washington, Vermont, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Kentucky, Kansas, Delaware and Colorado face one bill apiece.

The most common kinds of legislation are about people who breed dogs, people who sell puppies, mandatory pet sterilization, puppy “lemon laws,” restrictions on selling dogs, and limits on the number of pets a person can own.

Texas Breeding Bill Hearing
The Texas House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee will hold a hearing on legislation that would place crippling restrictions on people who raise dogs. The hearing on House Bill 3180 is set this coming Wednesday, April 1, in Rome E2.016 at the Capitol in Austin.

The American Sporting Dog Alliance is urging all Texas dog owners to attend this hearing if possible, sign up to testify, and also submit comments to each member of the committee. Comments should be submitted by mail, fax or phone, with email as a somewhat less effective alternative.

Here is a link to the committee website: www.house.state. tx.us/committees /list81/350. htm . If you click on each member’s name, his or her home page and contact information will be displayed.

HB 3180 is a complex piece of legislation. Please read it for yourself at www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/billtext/ html/HB03180I. htm .

Here is a summary of its major provisions:

·Anyone who owns or possesses 11 or more intact female dogs is considered to be a commercial breeder, subject to intense and crippling regulation. Most serious hobbyists fall into this category. Most professional trainers and handlers would be ensnared in this provision as well. No one could possess more than 50 intact adult dogs.

·A hobby breeder is defined as someone who owns or possesses 10 or fewer intact female dogs. Most serious hobbyists would exceed this number if retired dogs, elderly dogs, dogs in competition, young dogs for evaluation and dogs for breeding are counted.

· A troubling definition says that a dealer is anyone who is required by law to collect sales tax for the sale of a dog or puppy. In some=0 Amunicipalities, zoning ordinances say that sales tax is required on any
sale of a dog.

· A criminal background check is required of everyone who applies for a license as a commercial or hobby breeder.

·The Department of Licensing and Regulation will inspect kennels and administer the law. This will entail annual inspections. A veterinarian or animal control officer could be called in to assist in the inspection, with the kennel owner paying for the cost. Regulation will not be with the Department of Agriculture or any other20agency familiar with animal husbandry.

· A seven-member advisory board will be created to oversee the law and develop regulations. People who raise dogs will not have representation on this committee.

·Commercial kennels (including serious hobbyists) would have to shut down until bureaucracy runs its course, an inspection is held and a license is issued. No time limits are set for the state to act.

·Intensive regulation on the care of dogs in commercial kennels would be established. These standards essentially would prohibit serious hobby breeders from raising puppies inside their home, and would require a sterile institutional environment. Paperwork also would be extensive.

·Puppies could not be sold until they are 12 weeks old, and provisions for disclosures and a “lemon law” are included. Regulations would require kennels to employ a staff deemed to be sufficient, and formal
training would be required.

· Stiff fines and civil penalties are imposed for even minor violations, and the penalties could be
cumulative, counting each dog and each day as a separate offense.

Maine Hunting Dogs
Dogsthat kill or injure any domesticated animal could face a court order mandating euthanasia if LD 988 (same as HP 680) passes into law. This bill amends the current dangerous dog law, and is scheduled for a
hearing on Friday.

This bill would have particular meaning for people who hunt with dogs or compete in field trials, as animals that are technically domesticated (such as feral cats that have no owner or wandering poultry) can be encountered far from homes or farms. Domestic waterfowl, for example, sometimes are encountered living a feral existence.

It even could include a hunting dog that is attacked by another dog, fights back in self-defense, and injures the assailant.

Under LD 988, the court could declare the dog dangerous and order euthanasia. There is no appeal.

A hearing on this legislation is scheduled for Friday, April 3, before the Joint Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee at 11 a.m. in Room 206 of the Cross State Office Building in Augusta.

The American Sporting Dog Alliance is urging all Maine dog owners to attend and testify at this hearing if possible, and also to submit comments on the legislation by phone, mail, fax and/or email.

Here is a link that shows each member of the committee. Select each official’s name to
be directed to his or her home page and full contact information: www.maine.gov/ legis/house/ jt_com/acf. htm .

Please read the legislation (it is short but not sweet for dog owners): www.mainelegislatur e.org/legis/ bills/bills_ 124th/billpdfs/ HP068001. pdf .

Oklahoma Bill Ensnares Breeders
Legislation that will affect many people who raise dogs was rescheduled and will face a vote on Wednesday, April 1, by the Senate Appropriations Committee. If the committee approves the bill, it will be sent to the full Senate. The bill already passed the state House by a wide margin.

HB=0
A1332 was originally scheduled for a vote on March 23, but intense efforts by people who raise dogs made its passage questionable. Thus, its sponsors asked for more time to lobby the senators, and to hold rallies by PETA and HSUS supporters on Tuesday March 31.

The committee vote is set for Room 419-C of the State Capitol Building. The time is listed only as after the session or after the Rules Committee meeting, which is set for either 1:30 p.m. or after the session.

We are urging Oklahoma dog owners to contact Appropriations Committeemembers before Wednesday by phone, fax, mail or email to express opposition. Here is a link to the members of the committee: www.oksenate. gov/committees/ standing/ appropriations. htm . Click on each member’s name to locate contact information.

In addition, a rally of dog owners (organized by commercial breeders with the American Canine Association) is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Capitol.

The legislation is the brainchild of the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), and supposedly was meant to impact only large commercial kennels. OVMA officials have contacted the
American Sporting Dog Alliance to state that the legislation is not inspired by the animal rights agenda or HSUS.

However, we must disagree. A reading of the original bill was straight out of the HSUS handbook for breeding laws. After failing to get enough support, the bill’s sponsors softened it in several areas. However, we still believe that the legislation is unnecessary, as commercial20kennels already are
regulated federally and by state animal cruelty laws, ensnares conscientious kennel operators in needless regulation and red tape, andis very burdensome to many animal rescue groups and serious avocational breeders.

HB 1332 still requires anyone who sells or transfers 25 or more dogs and/or cats in a year to be licensed, inspected and regulated as a commercial kennel. For some breeds, this would amount to only three or four litters a year. It also specifically includes private animal rescue groups.

Fines, penalties, animal seizures and license revocations are specified, but a kennel owner is not give
to opportunity to face a court of law. Appeals are administrative only, with the Department of Agriculture becoming the cop, judge, jury and executioner.

Please read HB 1332 for yourself: webserver1.lsb. state.ok. us/2009%2D10bill s/hb/hb1332% 5Fhflr.rtf .

Washington Bill Due For Vote

Legislation
regulating people who raise dogs has passed the Senate in Washington,
and also passed through a House committee. It passed by an 8-3 vote in
the House Judiciary Committee on March 26, and now can be called for a
final vote by the full House at any time.

Like the Oklahoma
bill, Washington Senate Bill 5651 was softened after its introduction
because of protests by dog owners. The original bill could be
accurately described as inflammatory animal rights legislation that
would have wantonly destroyed high quality breeding of purebred dogs in
the state. It defined even small hobby breeders=2
0as “puppy mills.”

There have been several improvements to the legislation. However, the
American Sporting Dog Alliance continues to actively oppose it for
several reasons.

Chief among those reasons is the fact that it
is not needed. When challenged by the American Sporting Dog Alliance,
proponents of the legislation could not name a single instance when a
problem at a kennel was not fully addressed by existing laws.
Washington has very tough animal cruelty laws, and they can be used to
shut down any poorly operated kennel.

We see no reason to subject the vast majority of kennel owners, who have high qualit
y operations, to cumbersome bureaucracy.

Moreover, all real commercial kennels already are federally regulated. Although
it’s stated purpose is to regulate commercial kennels, the legislation
specifically excludes any kennel that has a federal license.

That exemption tells us that commercial kennels are not the real target. In
fact, the bill still specifically targets anyone who owns or possesses
more than 10 sexually intact dogs over the age of six months. This
group includes almost all serious hobby breeders, and some of the
finest kennels in America.

The bill also effectively prohibits raising puppies in a home environment.

Here is a link to the legislative summary of the amended bill: apps.leg.wa. gov/documents/ billdocs/ 2009-10/Pdf/ Bill%20Reports/ House/5651- S.E%20HBR% 20JUDI%2009. pdf .

This link is the actual text of the amended bill: apps.leg.wa. gov/documents/ billdocs/ 2009-10/Pdf/ Bills/Senate% 20B
ills/5651-S. E.pdf .

The American Sporting Dog Alliance urges all Washington dog owners to
contact as many state senators as possible to express opposition to SB
5651. Here is a list of all state senators, with links to pages with
full contact information: www.leg.wa.gov/ Senate/Senators/ .

The American Sporting Dog Alliance represents owners, breeders and
professionals who work with breeds of dogs that are used for hunting.
We also welcome people who work with other breeds, as legislative
issues affect all of us. We are a grassroots movement working to
protect the rights of dog owners, and to assure that the traditional
relationships between dogs and humans maintains its rightful place in
American society and life. The American Sporting Dog Alliance also
needs your help so that we can continue to work to protect the rights
of dog owners. Your membership, participation and support are truly
essential to the success of our mission. We are funded solely by your
donations in order to maintain strict independence.

Please visit us on the web at www.americansportin gdogalliance. org . Our email is asda@csonline. net .

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3 Responses to “We Are Loosing Our Dog Rights! Better Act NOW!”

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    wldorchidnv:

    It doesn’t even matter if we don’t have 11 dogs. It’s the fact they are taking away our rights! I agree that people who breed should have their kennels checked. AKC does that. But this is ridiculous infringement on our rights by money grubbing government out to get money from us any way they can. Last Thursday they tried to pass a bill here along these lines. It detailed that anybody that owned a dog, had to have it fixed or they could be fined 250 dollars for each dog. If you breed you have to get licensed every year for $500. When you breed a dog you are only allowed to breed it twice or you get fined $250 first time, $500 second time and $1,000 every time after that.

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