Please go to the links and comment directly ON the bill docket before July 16. People have seen the AKC petition and signed it and think that’s enough… I want my own name to go on record, with hobby breeder, trainer, Taxpayer duly noted. Please don’t *just* forward my concern. Go to the APHIS regulations.com site and file your own two cents.
I don’t know about you folks, but my government is getting a bit big for it’s britches. I *never* send political email, but I BEG you to add a comment to APHIS about the puppy you love. Did you get it from a breeder you live near? or a rescue organization?
I raise dogs in my home to be loved by people like you… and I have a right to choose their sire, and choose their people, and choose to help with rescue if I want !!! Many of you corresponded with me by email, and may have met us at shows. If the proposed legislation goes through, you will have two options… buy froma “commercially licensed facility” or buy ONLY at the buyers home. No meeting at shows, no meeting halfway, no shipping whatsoever.
Proposed rule changes to the Animal Welfare Act APHIS 2011-0003-0001 no longer exempt purebred dog fanciers from USDA licensing. The regulations document of conditions ALL breeders would have to meet is *164* pages long and would stop me from letting my dogs live inside, run together, and our dog budget is held together on threads as it is !! I am angered, because I love my dogs, and the government has NO business telling people who are taking GOOD care of their dogs and stewarding their breed how many they can have, or how people ought to be buying from us ! This is the no-more-pets AR people taking advantage of a situation! There was a legislative loophole, and they are using their claws and supporters to attack ANY breeder not just irresponsible, mass-production, sell-anything-alive-to-anyone-with-money canine commercial enterprises. If this legislation passes as written, it fails to define breeder, it gives no exemptions to hobby fanciers such as myself, and the HSUS has volunteered to enforce with home inspections. It gives someone’s subjective opinion power over my home. ??? I take GOOD care of our dogs but “they” don’t like how I do it and want to come in my living room to tell me not to.
Here are several links. PLEASE –
comment before 7/16/2012 and explain that you got a puppy from a
RESPONSIBLE breeder and that the problem was already ENFORCEMENT and paperwork – that if the rules change as written it will force GOOD people into BAD legislation.
worthwhile explanation contains links to documents.
sample performance comment
thank goodness smart comment about BUYERS
On any of these, you can click COMMENT and then CHECK the BOX that says Comment Directly.
The sad thing is – in the 10 or so that I read… 6 of them SUPPORTED the bill with brief statements about how this law was going to improve animal welfare. NOT! The same inspectors who were already overloaded, taking bribes, or skipping paperwork are still employed… if there are loopholes they need FIXED, not more inspections required. USDA regulations are NOT how YOUR breeder keeps her beloved PET/show/breeding animals and I am NOT breeding them every season they are intact. These regulations treat any animal over the age of 4 months as a “breeding” animal. Ridiculous!
Please take time to write a comment that says you want the RIGHT to CHOOSE your breeder–and that you took time to find a good one who will be FORCED out of her passion by BIG GOVERNMENT if APHIS passes as poorly written ! My comment for *this week* has been posted. Open until 7/16/2012 for public comment and we are already outnumbered.
Horrified they cannot pay to educate our children
But they will come in my house and tell me how to raise dogs !!!