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TX-RPOA E-News From RPOA Texas Outreach andResponsible Pet Owners Alliance"Animal welfare, not animal 'rights'and, yes, there is a difference."Permission granted to crosspost.February 19, 2009Are you ready to go to Austin, our state capitol, and expose HSUS to legislators for what it really is? Just look what this group of animal owners did in Nevada! (Read below!) Are your animals worth the effort? Talk to your friends and clubs. Let RPOA know and we'll roll! We'll pick a day and each city could do car pools or rent a bus, whatever works for you!HSUS has scheduled April 2nd as "Humane Lobby Day" in Austin, Texas, our state capitol. They're holding these in other states, check the url below. HSUS and Texas Humane Legislation Network do NOT represent us!____________ _________ _________ ______NOTE: The remaining Feb. lobbying days for each individual state are postedat:http://www.hsus. org/legislation_ laws/citizen_ lobbyist_ center/lobby_ 101_schedule. htmlThe dates for March and April are found here:https://community. hsus.org/ humane/event- calendar. html------------ --------- --------- ----The Wendover Times (NV)Animal enthusiasts challenge Humane Society agendaFeb. 18, 2009http://www.pahrumpv alleytimes. com/2009/ Feb-18-Wed- 2009/news/ 26972439. htmlCARSON CITY -- A group of animal enthusiasts from around the statevisited Carson City last Monday to meet with lawmakers as a preemptivemeasure against the Humane Society of the United States' schedule tolobby for its animal rights agenda in Nevada this past Saturday.Tim Stoffel from Reno, organizer of the group's efforts, Chris Vaughtfrom Washoe Valley, Zuzana Kukol and Scott Shoemaker from Pahrump andDeanna Croasmun from Wendover registered as non-paid lobbyists andspoke with various assembly members and senators.They explained the difference between the animal rights movement andanimal welfare, and asked legislators to look into the Humane Societyagenda and its connections to People for the Ethical Treatment ofAnimals (PETA) and other animal rights groups.The group, speaking in support of animal welfare, pointed out that theHumane Society is a national lobbying group, is not affiliated withany of the humane societies or shelters in Nevada and does notrepresent the interests of Nevada voters.The group requested lawmakers look to Nevada animal owners andcaretakers, those who are hands-on with animals, to help shape anyproposed legislative measures put forth by national animal rightsgroups like PETA or the Humane Society.Animal rights is the concept that animals should not be used by or regarded as the property of humans and therefore should not be used asfood, clothing, research subjects or entertainment.In contrast, the animal welfare viewpoint is that it is morally acceptable for humans to use animals for food, in animal research, asclothing and for entertainment, as long as the animals are treated in a reasonable, humane manner.Kukol, president of Rexano, a nonprofit organization based in Henderson, which supports responsible exotic animal ownership,explained the importance of animals staying labeled as property."The U.S. Constitution guarantees American citizens property rights.Animals are considered property under our legal system, and rightly so. Even though we think of our animals as our beloved family members, legally they need to stay property," she said."If animals have rights and we are their guardians, we can no longer buy and sell pets and food animals, and if somebody takes your animals from you, it would no longer be considered stealing if we get rid ofthe legal status of animals as property."Many animal rights groups have an agenda of removing the status of animals as property, and they will not be satisfied until everybody isa grass-eating, carrot-eating vegan. We need to be vigilant and stop the insane, lunatic animal rights legislation that has been introducedin many states and at the federal level."According to Vaught, who owns and works with Australian Kelpies, a herding breed of dog, Nevada animal owners, caretakers and enthusiasts are organizing via an online Yahoo list, NVPetLaw, in response to anticipated animal rights legislation that may be introduced now that the Humane Society has made Nevada one of its targets.After spending the day with lawmakers, Vaught said, "I think we did good and I am positive we can work together effectively to fight whatever might come our way."After returning to Wendover, Croasmun, pet owner and exhibitor, said, "This was an important first step. It was a good learning experience for us and gave us the opportunity to introduce ourselves and our position to our lawmakers."An interesting point I noticed during the meetings is that many of the lawmakers we talked to said they hunt and fish, and a couple were also ranchers. I think the Humane Society and the other animal rights groups may find Nevada lawmakers a hard sell."RPOA Texas Outreach (501 C4)Responsible Pet Owners Alliance (501 C3)900 NE Loop 410 #311-DSan Antonio, TX 78209Website: www.responsiblepeto wners.org$15 Annual dues (January - December)To subscribe or unsubscribe, e-mail http://mymail. mailpuppy. com/scripts/ mail/compose. mail?compose= 1&.ob=75745925939858f a2401d11a48057c9 1bd69e7d6&composeto=rpoa% 40texas.net
 
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