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www.goodsearch. com. This is a neat site. When you need to browse the web, if you do it through this site, as opposed to Google or yahoo, they will donate money to your favorite charity or school. There are many to choose from or you can add a legit one that isn’t already there.

Here are a few suggestions:

http://www.americansportingdogalliance.org   American Sporting Dog Alliance

http://www.adoa.org/index.cfm     American Dog Owners Assoc.

http://www.naiaonline.org/     National Animal Interest Alliance

http://www.ofodc.org/index.htm    Ohio Federation of Dog Club

http://www.ovdo.org/index.html     Ohio Valley Dog Owners

http://www.pijac.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1   Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council

http://www.corgiaid.org/     CorgiAid Rescue

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Click the link above to be directed to Dr. Lori Hunt..our kennel veterinarian who has been recognized for her great accomplishments in Ohio for fighting for dog owners rights and supporting The Sporting Dog Alliance…Thank You Dr. Hunt!!! (To see her recognition scroll down the article for the bold print in the Ohio section.)

American Sporting Dog Alliance

October 2008 Newsletter

http://www.americansportingdogalliance.org asda@csonline.net

Dog Owners Stare Down HSUS And PETA

The American Sporting Dog Alliance has been at the forefront of defending dog owners’ rights this year in 12 states and federally in the face of powerful challenges from extremely well funded and organized animal rights groups.

Thus far, we have won 10 victories, suffered one defeat, and also won two partial victories that fell short of our goals. The jury is still out in three states and on one federal bill. We are preparing for battle in six additional states and the November elections, and we have provided assistance to local groups in eight other states.

In every battle, we have been significantly outgunned in money and manpower by radical animal rights groups such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). HSUS, PETA and their allies poured millions of dollars, thousands of staff hours and hundreds of volunteers into many of these battles, but dog owners were equal to the challenge.

We won far more often than we lost.

The American Sporting Dog Alliance has refined a strategy that has proven to be very effective:

· Research the issues. Find out the facts and counter the fabrications of the animal rights groups with the truth. Give dog owners the ammunition they need to communicate with elected officials.

· Reach out to thousands of dog owners with our reports, encourage them to take action as citizens, and let them know how they can do it. We have done this through our email database, which now has more than 75,000 email addresses of dog owners, and also through posting on more than 300 message boards. We believe our reports now reach well over 125,000 dog owners around the country. We want to double this number over the coming year.

· Our outreach plan concentrates on locating dog owners who are not affiliated with existing organizations and who are not already politically active on animal rights issues. We estimate that less than one percent of America’s dog owners are politically active on animal rights issues. Rather than preaching to the choir, we focus on finding and involving the “silent majority” of dog owners.

· We develop local leadership teams in each state, county or city where we work. We believe local people should call the shots and make the decision, and see ourselves in a supportive role to assist them in any way we can. We also have put together strong teams of attorneys and veterinarians to serve local groups as consultants and advisors on the issues.

· We reach out to existing groups that have many dog owners among their membership. These include sportsmen’s clubs, firearms rights advocacy groups, field trial clubs, show clubs, performance clubs, breed clubs, animal rescue groups, local animal welfare groups, and farmers’ organizations.

· We also work with existing state, local and national dog owners’ organizations, and offer our assistance to any group that fights to protect the rights of dog owners. We regard our work as complimentary to the efforts of existing groups and always offer to work collaboratively with them.

· And we form positive relationships with many elected officials on the local, state and federal level. Our goal is to develop open lines of communication with public officials in order to help them to fully understand the issues and the views of their constituents.

Here is a summary of the work we have done this year, beginning with pending issues. If you would like more information on any of these issues or want to help us work toward defeating them, please contact us at asda@csonline.net.

Federal Legislation

We did groundbreaking research on the recently introduced Puppy Uniform Protection Statute, or “PUPS.” Our research exposed HSUS lies about this legislation in their reports to Congress and to the public, and our analysis was sent to our entire database to give dog owners a way to take action.

This legislation, H.R. 6949 and S. 3519, is sponsored by animal rights sympathizers Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA). We expect them to push for passage in the “lame duck” session following the November election.

HSUS and the sponsors claim that the bill would affect only people who sell more than 50 puppies or dogs a year. This simply isn’t true, and they know it.

In fact, the legislation requires federal licensure for anyone who raises 50 dogs a year, which includes many kennels that do not do any breeding. Most professional trainers and handlers of field trial, show, obedience or performance dogs would have more than 50 dogs in their kennels over the course of a year. In fact, many trainers and handlers who employ helpers would have more than 50 dogs at any given time, and most do not breed at all. A boarding kennel, dog daycare service, hound hunt club, hunting plantation or circus could be included under a definition that they “raise” more than 50 dogs per year.

Earlier this year, we worked to defeat an amendment to the Farm Bill by Sen. Durbin that would have required virtually anyone who raises a litter of puppies to be federally licensed and inspected.

Chicago and Illinois

We are working with a very strong team of local people in Chicago to defeat two planned ordinances that would devastate everyone who raises dogs there.

One proposed ordinance mandates the forced sterilization of dogs and cats in Chicago and provides draconian rules for “dangerous” dogs. The second ordinance defines virtually anyone who raises dogs as a “pet retailer” and subjecting them to expensive licensing, inspections and intensive regulation.

In response, we have done groundbreaking research about Chicago animal shelters, dog bite statistics, dog fighting and the animal rights group ties of people who support the ordinance. Our research has shown conclusively that Chicago animal shelters have done a tremendous job, and virtually no healthy and adoptable dogs are euthanized in the entire metropolitan area. We also have shown that the incidence of dog bites has dropped dramatically, and that dog fighting is not a significant problem in the city.

Our local team of activists has been very successful in gaining support from the Chicago and statewide associations of veterinarians, many people involved in the rescue movement, animal shelter leaders and other animal welfare professionals.

However, they need your help as these ordinances near formal introduction in City Council. We are urging Chicagoans and area residents to volunteer their assistance. Please contact us at asda@csonline.net or our Chicago team: Michele Smith (msmith@cmscrescue.com), Karen Perry (ouilmette4@sbcglobal.net) and Margo Milde (mrm1206@yahoo.com). Your assistance is vital!

The Chicago ordinances are the tip of a very large iceberg. HSUS has named a new Illinois statewide director, and also has opened an office in Wisconsin. We also are receiving reports that HSUS has begun a “puppy mill” campaign in Indiana.

Dog owners in all of those states can expect serious HSUS-sponsored animal rights legislation in the coming months. We know that Illinois will face a possible puppy “lemon law” in the very near future, which will make breeders liable for complaints by puppy buyers. Some “lemon law” legislation is fair, but other proposals are aimed at conscientious breeders by making it too risky to sell a puppy.

Massachusetts

Animal rights groups have played every dirty political trick in the books to gain rapid consideration of devastating legislation by bypassing the normal legislative review process.

HB 5092 mandates spaying or neutering of all dogs in the state that don’t meet the almost impossible requirements for an exemption, proposes a $500 annual license fee for all intact dogs that can gain an exemption, refuses to recognize dogs from many registries such as the Field Dog Stud Book (America’s oldest registry), allows seizures, forced sterilization and euthanasia of dogs for even one minor animal control law violation, bans tethering, and paves the way to ban specific breeds of dogs.

These provisions would destroy the breeding of purebred dogs in the state.

The Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Commission on Municipalities and Regional Government has set an October 23 hearing on House Bill 5092. We are organizing dog owners to voice vigorous opposition.

Ohio

If it were not for the possibility of political dirty tricks, we could declare victory on three different pieces of Ohio legislation. However, we know that animal rights groups rely on political dirty tricks to accomplish their hidden agenda that leads to the elimination of animal ownership in America.

Working with the Ohio Valley Dog Owners Association and the newly forming Ohio Federation of Dog Clubs, we have been able to stop all three bills in the Legislature as the current session expired.

However, the Legislature has scheduled several weeks of a “lame duck” session following the November election, and these sessions are when much political mischief occurs. Controversial legislation often passes during “lame duck” sessions, as many elected officials will not be returning to office in January and the rest of them will not face re-election for at least two years.

We have worked in Ohio to block breed-specific legislation, and also HB 223 (SB 173), which would destroy the breeding of purebred dogs in the state. In the House, we failed to stop HB 446, which creates many harmful animal control measures, but thus far we have been able to stall it in the Senate.

All three bills are dead if the Legislature doesn’t do anything in the “Lame Duck” session. But anything can happen in “Lame Duck” sessions.

Thus, we are urging dog owners to exercise extreme vigilance. Also, we will make the identities of elected officials who support these three bills available to Ohio voters prior to the election. Please contact us to help at asda@csonline.net.

We are deeply indebted to our Ohio leadership team, which includes veterinarian Lori Hunt and volunteers Becky Dunlap and Kendra Anne Bobulski. All three of these volunteers have worked very hard for Ohio dog owners, and their efforts have played a major role in helping us to reach dog owners in California, New Mexico, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Both also have been active in helping to form the new Ohio Federation, and we have lent this group our entire Ohio database.

No one has contributed more to the fight to preserve the rights of dog owners than Ms. Dunlap and Ms. Bobulski. They truly are heroes.

Also in Ohio, we have been very active in helping field trialers to maintain their use of public lands.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is our home state, and terrible animal rights legislation in 2006-2007 was a major factor in the formation of the American Sporting Dog Alliance.

Since then, we have been uncompromising and relentless in our efforts to protect Pennsylvania dog owners from animal rights legislation aimed at destroying us. It has been an uphill battle, as Gov. Ed Rendell has fully embraced the animal rights agenda.

HB 2525 was signed into law last week. It regulates commercial kennels, and also sets the regulatory and law enforcement framework for regulating all kennels and dogs in Pennsylvania. While we remain opposed to several parts of this law, we also played the leading role in making it much better than Rendell’s initial proposal.

We kept fighting long after all other dog owners’ groups took positions of varying degrees of “non-opposition” to the legislation.

Our success can be measured in several crucial Senate amendments to the legislation that were made after other dog owners’ organizations quit fighting.

That success was noteworthy because, to our knowledge, it was the first time ever that animal rights legislation was significantly improved because it infringed on the Bill or Rights and the federal and state Constitutions. This was the major thrust of our objections.

The Senate amendments completely addressed all of our constitutional concerns, and several senators have credited us with making them aware of these issues.

We also played the leading role in stopping HB 2532, which would have imposed untenable restrictions on breeders who dock tails or clip dewclaws on newborn puppies, which is standard practice worldwide. This bill also maintained prohibitions against ear cropping.

The American Sporting Dog Alliance was the only dog owners’ organization to vigorously oppose HB 2532 from the beginning. Because of our concerns, the Senate allowed HB 2532 to die.

We expect that Rendell will introduce very tough dog and kennel regulations next year, as well as other kinds of animal rights legislation. To help, please join and support our Pennsylvania team by contacting us at asda@csonline.net.

Also in Pennsylvania, we fought to maintain the grouse study area near State College, and advocated for effective land management for wildlife on grouse trial grounds in the Allegheny National Forest near Marienville.

California

California has been a battleground state this year, and HSUS and PETA threw everything they had into several key battles.

We won. They lost. Period.

The biggest victory was the total and complete defeat of AB 1634. We worked with several excellent California organizations to help to defeat the original bill, which would have mandated the forced sterilization of all dogs and cats. Then we helped to defeat amended versions that would have turned animal rights activists into vigilantes, and a later version that would have given frightening power to animal control and animal cruelty officers.

Our efforts injected the voices of thousands of dog owners into this debate, and it convinced the state Senate to defeat this legislation by a wide margin.

We wish to thank our advisory board members Mike Spies, veterinarian Dr. Charles Hjerpe and attorney Tom Griffin for their invaluable assistance.

Our research and outreach to dog owners also played a major role in the defeat of spay and neuter mandates in Kern and Santa Barbara Counties.

The Kern County supervisors rejected a spay/neuter mandate outright. We made them aware of the results of our investigations into their shelter and animal control system.

In Santa Barbara County, the supervisors rejected a mandate and appointed a committee to study non-mandatory measures following our reports about the facts of the issue and active involvement by our local team of Susan Sakauye and Allison Iwamoto, and the valiant efforts of the local kennel club.

However, animal rights extremists are now trying to take over the committee and exclude participation by dog owners and dog ownership advocates. The chairman is veterinarian Ron Faoro. Faoro, and animal rights extremist who was discredited by the state association of veterinarians for falsely claiming their endorsement of AB 1634, is now trying to bring back mandatory measures to the committee, despite the supervisors’ directive.

Please contact us to take an active role in the Santa Barbara situation, at asda@csonline.net.

We also are offering our support to groups that are trying to overturn the Los Angeles mandatory spay/neuter ordinance in court, and our upcoming research reports will detail the most extreme possible form of animal rights fanaticism in the sheltering system in Los Angeles.

Other States

· New York – Our research and outreach efforts derailed a sneak attack by animal rights group supporters in the Legislature to make hobby dog breeders into highly regulated “pet dealers.” This legislation, which also would have affected professional trainers, handlers and others, was killed in committee following a massive outcry from dog owners.

· Michigan – We joined forces with statewide groups to stop HB 6395 in its tracks. Our reports and outreach efforts contributed strongly to an outpouring of opposition from dog owners, which caused the sponsor to kill this legislation.

· Oklahoma – We played the lead role in derailing devastating kennel legislation that would have destroyed the hobby breeding of purebred dogs. We also joined forces with farm and ranch organizations, and key legislators, that will be an effective defense against future animal rights legislation. Our reports exposed the fraudulent journalism in the Tulsa newspaper that was nothing more than animal rights propaganda.

· Wisconsin – We backed up great statewide organizations to defeat kennel, breeding and “lemon law” legislation that would have destroyed hobby breeding. Our outreach efforts yielded hundreds of letters to legislators from dog owners, as well as numerous personal contacts. However, we expect this legislation to be back again next year, and are urging Wisconsin dog owners to maintain extreme vigilance.

· Dallas – We lost a major fight in Dallas, with the enactment of a tough spay/neuter mandate. If Pennsylvania proves that some elected officials will listen to logic and reason, Dallas proves that some will not. We conclusively proved that the forces behind this ordinance represent a takeover of community groups by radical PETA and HSUS activists. We also conclusively proved that shelter statistics do not show a need for this ordinance, and also that existing leash laws are the answer to roaming dogs. But a majority on City Council refused to listen to the facts, and several council members were clearly animal rights group sympathizers. With 20-20 hindsight, the error we made was that local leadership failed to fully reach out to Black, Hispanic and low-income neighborhoods, whose representatives on Council formed the key swing votes to decide the issue. Instead, dog ownership advocates were pigeonholed as elitists and as a small minority in the city. The good news is that the Texas Rifle Association did a great job in Dallas, and have proven to be a staunch ally of animal owners.

· Texas – We are working with Texas groups to overturn spay/neuter mandates in Dallas, San Antonio and Houston, and also to defeat expected 2009 state legislation from an energized animal rights group constituency.

· Connecticut – We stopped statewide mandatory spay/neuter legislation in its tracks. The proposed sponsor killed the bill when dog owners created a firestorm. We also discredited and neutralized a task force to link animal abuse and domestic violence, which would have imposed the animal rights agenda in schools, the criminal justice system and social service agencies. We also won a great ally in Gov. Jody Rell.

· Virginia – Working with several great statewide groups, we were able to help improve kennel legislation in Virginia significantly to exclude most sporting kennels. We are now assisting statewide groups in a state study that could lead to severe restrictions on hunting with hounds.

· Next Projects – Our agenda includes expanded efforts to help stop bad kennel laws and zoning ordinances in New Jersey, kennel laws in Maine, and spay/neuter mandates in Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. We also plan to offer additional assistance to Florida groups that are trying to overturn spay/neuter mandates in Volusia and Palm Beach Counties, and to stop destructive ordinances in several other counties.

We Need You!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The American Sporting Dog Alliance needs you!

In fact, we can’t do our job without you.

We need you to volunteer to help.

We need your leadership.

We need your donations.

We need your ideas.

We need your commitment.

Without you, we will fail. With your support, we will continue to beat back challenges from animal rights groups and protect the rights of dog owners.

The challenges we will face in the coming year are extreme. Inaction and apathy won’t cut it anymore.

The American Sporting Dog Alliance represents owners, breeders and professionals who work with breeds of dogs that are used for hunting. We welcome people who work with other breeds, too, 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 the donations of our members, and maintain strict independence.

Please visit us on the web at http://www.americansportingdogalliance.org. Our email is ASDA@csonline.net. Complete directions to join by mail or online are found at the bottom left of each page.

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Animal Rights Activists Get Official Roles
In City and County Dog Law Enforcement
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Undercover Surveillance, Vigilantes, Uniforms and Badges

by JOHN YATES
American Sporting Dog Alliance
http://www.americansportingdogalliance.org
asda@csonline.net

PALM BEACH, FL – Animal rights activists in many parts of the country are proving the adage that paranoia doesn’t necessarily mean dog owners are crazy.

Cities and counties that have enacted repressive ordinances targeting dog owners are increasingly using volunteers as a major tool to enforce the law. Not surprisingly, only animal rights activists are likely to be accepted as volunteers. Many of these activists are opposed to the private ownership of animals in any form, and most of them are willing to accept what they term animal “guardianship” only under strict government regulation.

The vigilantes are coming!

That is true in Los Angeles, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston. It also is true in several states where volunteer animal rights activists are routinely sent undercover to investigate allegations of animal cruelty and even to check out people who advertise a litter of puppies in local newspapers.

But Palm Beach County, Florida, has made vigilantism into an art form, and Los Angeles may be preparing to carry it to the nth degree.

Volunteer activists in Palm Beach County have been sworn in, given badges and uniforms, and granted the authority to enter private homes to check for violations of a new mandatory spay/neuter ordinance, animal cruelty and other possible dog law violations.

These members of the “Palm Beach County Citizen Animal Patrol” are empowered to issue formal written warnings for noncompliance and turn in the information to regular animal control officers for official investigation and prosecution.

According to a county announcement of the program, search warrants are not needed for these volunteers to inspect private homes or privately owned pets. The county’s official position is that “The hobby breeders who have a permit from the county have already given implied consent to these people to enter their homes by signing the permit.”

That is the little known fine print of dog and kennel licenses in almost every state: If you buy a license, you sign away your right to privacy. If you don’t buy a license, of course, you are breaking the law and can get busted.

Catch 22!

In many other areas of civil law, such as with zoning and building permits, obtaining a license has been viewed in court as prima facie permission for government officials to inspect private property. This precedent is now being extended to dog laws, and citizen patrols to “rat out” noncompliant neighbors are being seen as important enforcement tools.

Spying on their neighbors and intimidating dog owners is only one part of the job description of the Palm Beach County Citizen Animal Patrol. Other duties include answering newspaper ads placed by people who advertise puppies for sale, contacting dog clubs for breeder referrals, and even setting up surveillance at dog shows.

If they see anything they consider suspicious or a possible violation of the law, they are told to report the information to animal control to start a full investigation.

In the world of crime, they would be called snitches. In the world of animal law, they see themselves as on a mission to save helpless animals from exploitation.

According to an article in the Palm Beach Post newspaper, citizen patrols will help increase enforcement without adding to municipal costs.

Local officials stress the “public education” aspect of the citizen patrols, but are noticeably quiet about the surveillance and enforcement aspects of the volunteer positions.

This pattern is apparent in Dallas, San Antonio and Houston, which passed draconian pet sterilization ordinances within the past year. Volunteers are being actively recruited in those Texas cities to help “educate” people about the new laws. As in most places, these citizens groups are comprised almost entirely of animal rights activists, and each application must be approved by a quasi-official advisory board that consists of animal rights activists. People who advocate the right to own dogs need not apply.

Dog owners are convinced that these volunteers also will be used to find and turn in people who do not follow the laws.

Los Angeles appears to be adding its own twist.

The Los Angeles Department of Animal Services, directed by animal rights extremist Ed Boks, has set up a program of Directors of Animal Welfare, nicknamed DAWs. The city has been divided into 86 different “neighborhoods,” and thus far a reported 44 of the positions have been filled. According to an announcement from Boks, some of these appointees do not live within the City of Los Angeles.

The DAWs website profiles the backgrounds of many of the appointees, and they read like a who’s who of the animal rights movement in Los Angeles. Many of the profiles tout the appointees’ close ties to the radical Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the ultra-radical People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Many of the profiles also tout radical vegetarian activism, opposition to the use of animals in circuses and other darling causes of the animal rights elite. Overall, it is clear that the vast majority of these people oppose the private ownership of animals, and are totally opposed to the right to breed dogs.

Please read some of the profiles for yourself: http://www.dawprogram.org/.

The DAWS Board also has several committees, including an “Animals Are Not Property Committee,” whose members are listed as Andrea Boyington, Adele Langdon, Tina Reynolds and Patti Sugarman. Each of these people has published ties to radical animal rights groups.

None of the profiles indicate that the appointees breed dogs, show dogs, compete with dogs, or belong to any organization that works to protect the rights of dog owners. Not one.

A very ominous sign is that DAWs has gone underground since Los Angeles passed an exceedingly restrictive spay and neuter mandate this year. The DAWs meetings used to be advertised on their website, agendas used to be published, and minutes were displayed online.

Since August, all public accountability and openness have been removed from the DAWs website.

In addition, the DAWs volunteer manual has been withdrawn for complete revision, and is no longer available to the public.

An announcement from Boks called the DAWs appointees “the eyes and ears for the animals in their areas.”

In other words, being snitches is one of their duties.
The DAWs mission statement says: “DAWs provide a voice and a form of political representation for nonhuman animals.” That line is straight out of the PETA textbook.
Perhaps the most common use of animal rights activists as volunteers has been for undercover work and surveillance in animal cruelty investigations. Because these volunteers have no official designation, the use of them is not subject to constitutional protections against searches without warrants. They go under cover as private citizens, and then file complaints with animal cruelty police officers. They work with the officers, and their identities are not revealed. The officers use these “complaints” as legal grounds to obtain a search warrant.
The most famous use of undercover volunteers occurred at a California slaughterhouse that was highly publicized this year and led to a complete overhaul of federal and state inspections.
A large percentage of animal cruelty cases in several states rely on animal rights activists to go undercover into private kennels and dog events, and their observations and opinions are relayed as “semi-anonymous complaints” to humane police officers in order to obtain search warrants. “Semi-anonymous” means that these people’s identities are known to the officers and judge, but are not revealed to the public or the person who is accused.
A common tactic is for these activists to pose as puppy buyers when responding to advertisements in newspapers or online, or to appear at dog events as a spectator. This tactic is so common that virtually anyone who advertises puppies for sale in many areas of the country can expect to be visited by undercover activists pretending to be looking for a puppy. Usually they are easy to spot. They are mostly college-aged people who know little about the breed of the puppies that are for sale.
Sometimes it gets much more organized. For example, the toll of animals from Hurricane Katrina has led to the formation of many “disaster rescue groups.” They raise money locally to rescue animals from disasters, and sometimes get contributions of tax dollars.
Fortunately, disasters are rare in most places. But these programs allow a well-funded team of animal rights activist/volunteers to perform organized surveillance work. For example, a Venango County, PA, disaster rescue group received newspaper coverage this year for playing the key undercover role that led to the animal cruelty prosecution of a “puppy mill” in West Virginia.
Another Pennsylvania situation that we reported this year was how animal rights activists have begun to take over local zoning boards, in order to require people who seek a permit to build a kennel to meet impossible demands. In one case that would be amusing if it hadn’t harmed a person who wanted to build a kennel, these activists required an applicant for a kennel permit to promise that none of his dogs would be mated naturally.
What can we do about it?
The first thing that dog owners must do is to understand that there is a planned takeover of local boards and commissions by animal rights groups, and that this has been happening behind the scenes for many years.
Thus, vigilance is the first step. Find out what official or quasi-official groups have been created in your town and county that work on animal issues. Animal shelter or animal control advisory boards are common examples.
Then, learn the names of the members of these boards and committees. These names should be public records, and also may be found by looking up the group’s website. Chances are an Internet search will yield many connections to animal rights groups.
The next step is educating public officials about the real agenda of animal rights groups such as HSUS and PETA, and, if possible, showing verified connections to members of local boards. Letters to the editor of local newspapers are another good approach, if you have documentation.
However, the most important thing you can do is to volunteer to serve on any board, commission or committee in your town or county that deals with animal issues. Let your elected officials know that you want to serve on these boards, and volunteer to fill any current or future openings.
Our goal should be to have as many dog owners and people who support the rights of dog owners as possible on any board, committee or commission. It is vital for us to be able to begin to reverse the animal rights strategy of taking over local boards.
The American Sporting Dog Alliance will assist local dog owners in any way possible to accomplish this important goal.
The American Sporting Dog Alliance represents owners, breeders and professionals who work with breeds of dogs that are used for hunting. We welcome people who work with other breeds, too, 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 the donations of our members, and maintain strict independence.

Please visit us on the web at http://www.americansportingdogalliance.org. Our email is asda@csonline.net. Complete directions to join by mail or online are found at the bottom left of each page.
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HSUS Lies To Congress, Public                
About New ‘PUPS’ Legislation
Would Call Out Feds On Many Non-Breeding Kennels
by JOHN YATES
American Sporting Dog Alliance
http://www.americansportingdogalliance.org
asda@csonline.net

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Humane Society of the United States is pushing new federal legislation that the radical animal rights group claims is aimed at stopping large dog breeding kennels that skirt the law.
According to HSUS, the legislation targets only kennels that sell more than 50 puppies a year. The bill’s sponsors, Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), repeat those claims.
They are lying through their teeth, an American Sporting Dog Alliance analysis of the actual legislation shows. In fact, the legislation targets almost every boarding, day care, training and handling kennel in America, along with many hunt clubs and hunting plantations. It also impacts many serious hobbyists, who have a lot of dogs even though they only raise a couple of litters of puppies a year, our analysis shows
Rep. Farr is the prime sponsor of H.R. 6949, and Sen. Durbin is the sponsor of its companion bill in the Senate, S. 3519. The formal name of this legislation is the “Puppy Uniform Protection Statute,” or “PUPS.” It also has been nicknamed “Baby’s Bill,” after a rescued dog from a commercial kennel that is touring the country with its owner, Chicagoan Jana Kohl. Kohl is on an HSUS-sponsored campaign against “puppy mills,” and has visited several states. Her recent book includes a photo of presidential candidate Barrack Obama, and his reported commitment to clamp down on “puppy mills.”
The legislation is an amendment to the federal Animal Welfare Act, which requires federal licensure of commercial kennels (called “dealers”) who sell puppies wholesale to brokers or pet stores. This law does not regulate people who sell dogs and puppies directly to the consumer.
HSUS calls this a “loophole,” and has been pushing for many years to include kennels that sell directly to the buyer. Previous attempts, such as the Pet Animal Welfare Act and Sen. Durbin’s attempted amendment to the 2008 Farm Bill, have failed.
The PUPS legislation is the latest attempt by HSUS.
Here is how HSUS describes the legislation: “The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund commend federal lawmakers for introducing bills that will crack down on abusive “puppy mills” in the United States — where breeding dogs are often stacked in wire cages for years to produce litter after litter. The legislation will close a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act that currently allows large, commercial breeders who sell puppies online and directly to the public to escape licensing and regulation.”
Here is the HSUS description of who will be affected: “All dog breeders who sell more than 50 puppies per year directly to the public will be federally licensed and inspected…The bill will not affect small breeders and hobby breeders who sell fewer than 50 dogs per year directly to the public, but is crafted to cover only the largest commercial breeding facilities.”

Press releases by Sen. Durbin, Rep. Farr and other members of Congress echo those claims.

Here is what the legislation actually says, in sections defining a dealer and who is exempt from licensure as a dealer.

A person or kennel owner who “does not breed or raise more than 50 dogs for use as pets during any one-year period” and who sells dogs or puppies “directly to the public for use as a pet” is exempt from licensure and regulation as a dealer. Any dog is defined by the Act as a pet, regardless of its use or purpose. Thus, a person who meets that definition does not require a federal license.

The words “breed or raise” are an obvious and deliberate attempt to snare many kennel and dog owners in federal regulations, including many kennels that do not breed at all. The language is very ambiguous and could be interpreted to include virtually anyone who has a lot of dogs.

The term “raise” is not defined in the legislation, but is generally interpreted to mean a person who keeps, cares for, houses or owns a dog or dogs.

Most professional trainers and handlers of field trial, show, obedience or performance dogs would have more than 50 dogs in their kennels over the course of a year. In fact, many trainers and handlers who employ helpers would have more than 50 dogs at any given time, and most do not breed at all.

A boarding kennel, dog daycare service, hound hunt club, hunting plantation or circus could be included under a definition that they “raise” more than 50 dogs per year. Even many private field trialers and show dog people would have more than 50 dogs a year in their kennels, as they often keep most of the puppies they produce to evaluate. For field trial dogs, for example, it often takes two or three years of working with a young dog to determine if it is worthy to use for competition or breeding.

A favorite tactic of HSUS is to deliberately use ambiguity in model legislation in order to entrap as many kennels and dogs in the law as possible, going far beyond the stated purpose. If HSUS and its elected cronies had wanted to be honest, the legislation simply would say that it excludes anyone who sells fewer than 50 puppies a year.

It is obvious that truth is not their highest priority.
The HSUS propaganda mill for this legislation continues to attack people who use the Internet to sell dogs or puppies. It attempts to link Internet sales with sick puppies and shoddy “puppy mills.”
In fact, almost all of America’s finest kennels in every breed have a presence on the Internet. Most have websites, and many run online advertisements to sell individual dogs and litters of puppies.
If anything, a good case could be made that it is almost impossible to buy a high quality puppy from a kennel that does not make use of the Internet. The Internet simply is a reality of modern life, and a reported 80-percent of American households use it.
This smear campaign is simply another attempt by HSUS to tar dog breeders with the broadest possible brush. At best, it shows complete ignorance of the real world of dogs. At worst, it shows a vicious attempt to defame honest and conscientious people who raise dogs.
HSUS is not an animal welfare organization. It has nothing to do with local humane societies. Instead, it is a political action and lobbying arm of the radical animal rights movement that continually pushes for tighter restrictions on animal ownership, with each piece of legislation making a step toward its ultimate goal, which is the total elimination of animal ownership in America.
Another section of the legislation requires all dogs kept in federally licensed kennels an hour of exercise a day, divided into at least two separate periods. Dogs would be removed from their primary enclosures and allowed to walk for these exercise periods.
The final section of the legislation specifically allows states to adopt more stringent standards.
While a member of the California Assembly, Farr also authored legislation to severely regulate dog breeding.
Co-sponsors of PUPS in the Senate are Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA], Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO], and Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]. House co-sponsors are Reps. Judy Biggert (IL), Lois Capps (CA), Terry Everett (AL), Barney Frank (MA), Elton Gallegly (CA), Jim Gerlach (PA), Patrick Kennedy (RI), Mark Steven Kirk (IL), Daniel Lipinski (IL), Betty McCollum (MN), Thaddeus McCotter (MI), James McGovern (MA), Dennis Moore (KS), James Moran (VA), Patrick J. Murphy (PA), Jerrold Nadler (NY) and Janice Schakowsky (IL).
The American Sporting Dog Alliance is urging all dog and kennel owners to immediately contact their congressman and senator and ask them to vigorously oppose this legislation.
Here is a link for contact information for senators: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm.
Here is a link to contact information for the House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.shtml.
The American Sporting Dog Alliance represents owners, breeders and professionals who work with breeds of dogs that are used for hunting. We welcome people who work with other breeds, too, 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 the donations of our members, and maintain strict independence.
Please visit us on the web at http://www.americansportingdogalliance.org. Our email is asda@csonline.net. Complete directions to join by mail or online are found at the bottom left of each page.
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BRAINPOWER—CAN YOU SPARE SOME?
We seem to be short on it around here. I feel that there are a lot of readers who know more than just how to raise dogs. Many of you have a profession and dogs are a sideline. NAPO would like to tap that expertise. We envision NAPO as being a 20 million member national organization someday, probably long after I am dead and gone, but maybe you young folks will donate me a plaque. You can find a plaque on E street in San Bernardino Calif. to the McDonald Brothers for the very first McDonalds ever. They never envisioned their little hamburger stand would someday grow into what it is today. I attended high school in San Bernardino. Both of my boys were born in San Bernardino. I have eaten thousands of 15 cent McDonalds hamburgers and I do not own one penny’s worth of stock. I then moved to Missouri and I shopped at the one and only Walmart in Arkansas when I needed to go down to Springdale. I do not own any of that stock either. Talk about short on brainpower!! There are 45 million households that own 85 million dogs. The pet industry is the forth largest enterprise in the United States, generating 41 Billion dollars in sales annually. GMAC and GEICO are insurance stepchildren of major enterprises in the country. Farm Bureau and AARP sell more insurance than memberships. NRA and many national organizations offer group insurance to their members. We need, among many other things, an expert who would know how to convert this potential market into dollars for their company and for NAPO. Or possibly, NAPO could be the insurance company. Remember who State Farm and Farmers were initially intended for. A reader from Arkansas suggested a form of malpractice insurance for breeders. Well, you know me. I have a dream. When I wake up I may realize that the dream is too large, but right now, don’t wake me, help me! We are open to suggestions from readers on any ideas from other professions that can be converted into programs that will help NAPO, and for that matter The Kennel Spotlight, grow. I envision a magazine that will be published monthly instead of every other month. I want to go to 80 to 100 pages and I want to bring on more salaried experts to make us better for the reader.
Should I call this article “I have a dream, part 3”? My son, Bob, used to envision Do-Bo-Tri Kennels as growing into a conglomerate equal to Walmart or JC Penneys. All it takes is to surround yourself with experts who are willing to take the idea and make it work If you are a professional grounded in the basics of any related industry that could dovetail it’s efforts with NAPO or the Spotlight, let us hear from you! Thanks, Jim Hughes jshughes1@sbcglobal.net or (417) 455-2230

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As you know, we had been selected dogsite of the day for August 18th with the possibility of becoming the dogsite of the month. According to all the votes that had come in, Wendt Worth Corgi’s has been selected as the site for the month. Take a look by going to the following link http://dogmark.net/indexint.html I would like to thank you all who voted and took the time out of your day to make this a success. I really appreciate it!

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