In a letter to a New York horse owners' association that was made available to the American Sporting Dog Alliance, HSUS President Wayne Pacelle asks for support of the 100-point agenda.
"With the changing of the guard at the White House comes the prospect of new possibilities for moving our goals forward, and to mark this latest transfer of power, the HSUS and the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) are advancing a 100-point 'Change Agenda for Animals,'" Pacelle wrote. " Never before has the animal protection movement so carefully articulated a vast array of critical animal protection reforms in the domains of so many federal agencies-Agricultur e, Interior, Commerce, Defense, Health and Human Services, State, and others."
Dog Breeding Regulation
A top priority of HSUS for several years has been to require federal regulation of everyone who raises dogs and cats. Under current (federal) law, only commercial breeders who sell puppies and kittens on a wholesale basis are federally regulated. Hobby breeders who sell puppies or kittens directly to the public are not required to be federally licensed or inspected.
HSUS wants everyone who raises and sells puppies to be licensed and inspected by the USDA, and also wants to see much tougher regulations and standards for animal care. *there are increasingly local laws affecting individual pet owners. (e.g., Dallas instituted a licensing scheme in 2008 that requires fees in excess of $100 for pet owners with unneutered pets.requiring neutering at an age detrimental to the long term health of the animal.)
About four years ago, the HSUS-sanctioned Pet Animal Welfare Act (PAWS) was defeated in Congress by a narrow margin. PAWS would have imposed federal licensing and inspection on all hobby breeders.
Last year, U.S. Sen. **** Durbin of Illinois, who has very close personal and political ties to President Obama, introduced a bill he called PAWS 2, which echoed many of the provisions of its predecessor. When PAWS 2 stalled, Sen. Durbin attempted to attach it as an amendment to the 2008 Farm Bill, but failed to get enough support. Durbin came back with a similar bill in late 2008, dubbed "PUPS9 D or "Baby's Bill," which is formally called the Puppy Uniform Protection Act, but Congress adjourned without taking action.
These bills all originated from HSUS, and all of them clearly were aimed at hobby breeders.
The 100-point agenda says HSUS wants to "require all dog and cat breeders to comply with AWA (federal Animal Welfare Act) requirements, including those who sell directly to the public.."
It is PAWS all over again.
Now, however, HSUS has a much stronger hand in Washington. In the November election, HSUS strongly endorsed President Obama and had a 95-percent success rate in re-electing the congressional candidates it endorsed. A questionnaire obtained by the American Sporting Dog Alliance showed that the President aggressively sought HSUS endorsement.
The American Sporting Dog Alliance continues to believe that President Obama and many members of Congress will listen to the concerns of dog owners, but only if we stand up in large numbers to defend ourselves and our rights, and take an active role in the political process.
If we do not stand up and be counted in large numbers, we expect HSUS will get its way on most of the measures in the 100-point agenda. Dog owners will have no one to blame but themselves for being relegated to the legal status of second-class citizens. The Bill of Rights and personal freedom always are the first victims of HSUS policy.
The American Sporting Dog Alliance will be working hard to defeat these HSUS20legislative proposals, but we need your help if we are to succeed in turning back these challenges. We urge all dog owners to join and support the organization of their choice, and also to support farmers, hunters and other allies in the fight against the HSUS version of a "brave new world."
The Rest Of The Story
Here are some other parts of the 100-point agenda that pertain to dog owners in general, and also owners of the sporting breeds in particular. HSUS is calling on President Obama and Congress to:
a.. Create an animal protection division in the Justice Department to act on behalf of animals by aggressive prosecution of people who violate laws about animals. In essence, this gives animals legal status, and the federal government will act as their advocate. HSUS likened it to the Civil Rights Division, which advocates for aggressive protection of human rights. Animals thus would be given the same legal status as people in the Department of Justice. Is this for 'natural' animal citizens or does it include "illegal" alien animals?
a.. Create an animal protection liaison in the White House, which would mean that HSUS will have direct access to President Obama and his top advisors to advocate for animal rights groups on policy, regulatory and legislative issues. BO has enough on his plate without adding this to it.
a.. Immediately strengthen enforcement of USDA-regulated commercial kennels and other animal owners covered by the Animal Welfare Act. (AWA). Increase USDA budget and staffing for this purpose, and make fines and penalties more severe. Include all vertebrate species under the AWA. Which owners are covered by the AWA?
a.. Completely implement the ban on importing dogs from other countries that HSUS succeeded in attaching to the 2008 Farm Bill. Does this include the homeless dogs they are importing to shelters on the east coast?
a.. Focus on non-lethal methods to control wildlife populations, which means lessening the use of hunting as a management tool. & who pays for this? What does it mean anyway? Trap, neuter, release? So, what happens when we've done that enough that populations are so small they have to inbreed so closely, they breed themselves out of existence? Are we supposed to be proud?
a.. Mandate the use of microchips for companion animals, and all other animals covered by the AWA. Uh, huh. great more "big brother" for animals.
a.. Do not open any new public land or national wildlife refuges to hunting. We won't need them anyway.we can hunt coyotes in cities instead.
a.. Transfer all wildlife programs away from the USDA, and put them under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior.
a.. Ban hunting on shooting preserves, which HSUS labels "canned hunts" and calls "cruel." Also ban so-called Internet hunting.
a.. Make it a crime to show anything that HSUS calls animal cruelty in films, on television, in books and magazine, or on the Internet. Require the Department of Justice to collect and analyze data on animal cruelty cases and create a separate crime database for this information. Well, there goes horse racing & rodeo.
a.. Require the U.S. Census Bureau and the Center for Disease Control to include questions about the animals people own when surveying the public, in order "to assess impacts on human health and well-being, develop more effective approaches to community animal control, and ensure appropriate disaster preparation." Oh, sure, just like NAIS is to protect the food supply.
a.. Allow foreign animal rights groups to have an official advisory role in the United States. Why do "foreign" anything get to advise us officially?
a.. Ban the mail shipment of any kind of birds or animals through the U.S. Postal Service, including for "agriculture and sport." Baby chicks were specifically mentioned, and this also would apply to gamebird chicks, adults and eggs that are used by sporting dog trainers and in field trials.
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 Ame rican 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.
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