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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 exhibitors/ bill-tracking. pdf .

The states are listed alphabetically in the report. To read the legislation in your state and learn about its status, search online ("Google"wink ;) 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: /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 .

This is only parts of the article as it was too much to put into one thread. Please see original archive link at the beginning to view full article.
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