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UPDATE: This essay is now available as a two-page PDF handout for easy printing and distribution.

Note: HumaneWatch’s editor recently traveled down to the Palmetto State in order to attend his first dog show. Here’s his report:

I spent this weekend at the Myrtle Beach Kennel Club’s all-breed dog show in Florence, South Carolina. The club invited me down to talk about the threats its members are facing from the Humane Society of the United States and the rest of the animal rights movement. Since I had never been to a dog show, I said yes. (I grew up thinking that “fancy” was an adjective. Silly me.)

I’m not a big fan of people who pooh-pooh things they’ve never tried or seen up-close. If one of my children says she “doesn’t like” something on the dinner table before taking even a tiny bite—well, let’s just say that doesn’t wash in my house.

And I’ve always thought the whole “dog show” community was rather mysterious, a kind of benevolent secret society with its own rules, customs, and vocabulary. Sorta like Deadheads, but with a lot better grooming and a lot less fleas.

Truth be told, the dog breeders I met this weekend do have their own peculiar ways of saying and doing things. But they’re really just ordinary people with a shared hobby. They’re really into what they do. And they taught me a lot in just a Saturday. Here’s some of what I learned.

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  1. When you go to a dog show, bring your own chair. But don’t be surprised if someone offers to lend you theirs. (I’m typing this in someone else’s customized, embroidered lawn chair.)
  2. Dog shows are competitive, but the people involved are remarkably supportive of their human opponents. I heard a steady stream of “congratulations!” offered to blue-ribbon holders from handlers who were trotting away empty-handed.
  3. If you’re a first-timer who asks “what kind of dog is that?” too loudly, somebody might look at you funny.
  4. These people treat their dogs like royalty. It was 90 degrees in the shade on Saturday, and the dogs had shade, electric fans, and cold water—even if their owners didn’t.
  5. Judging from this weekend, the typical show-dog handler isn’t a stuffy Brit wearing Saville Row tweed. She—yes, she—is an energetic 40-year-old married mom whose husband packs up the kids and brings them along on the trip.
  6. Sometimes the kids strut the dogs around the ring. The under-18 handlers even have their own judging category in which their skills are being judged, not the qualities of their dogs.
  7. The name of the game is “conformation” (not “confirmation,” as I used to think). Dog show breeders are trying to breed animals that “conform” to a set ideal of how a breed can look, “gait,” and behave if they do everything right. (I read an article in Wired this week about how Cheetos in the factory are checked every 30 minutes against a “reference sample” from Frito-Lay headquarters, just to make sure the ideal color, texture, and crispiness is being matched. It’s kinda like that, but it takes years for these folks to make a single Cheeto. And Cheetos don’t pee on you.)
  8. Watch where you step in the parking lot.

If this particular dog show is any indication of what’s typical, the “dog fancy” is a lot of fun for a lot of people who contribute a lot of money to the economy—and aren’t hurting anyone. “If we’re not having fun here,” one judge told me, very much off-the-cuff, “we shouldn’t be doing this.”

For the life of me, I can’t figure out why the Humane Society of the United States has such a visceral hatred of everything they stand for.

I think what’s going on is that HSUS, PETA, and other animal rights groups are conflating breeders whose main goal is to sell puppies with those who just happen to really love Pomeranians, Pinschers, or Poodles. This latter clique of people (far larger than the former) shows their favorite animals because they’re proud of them, not because they believe it will make their next litter worth more money.

It’s not hard to understand HSUS’s stated motivation for attacking people who breed dogs. The group wants everyone to believe that rampant pet overpopulation in America is all their fault. But personally, I just don’t see it.

I didn’t meet “puppy millers” this weekend. I met hobbyists, just like if I were at a model railroad convention, an antique fair, or a swim meet. They ask after each others’ kids. They visit each other in the hospital. They have knitting circles where the dogs watch approvingly. They’re 50 percent garden club, 50 percent church pot-luck. Zero percent animal abusers.

I asked one breeder how much money she had spent raising her champion dog, a mammoth Anatolian shepherd. “Who knows?” she answered. “I never really added it up. If you’re pinching pennies you probably aren’t treating the dog right.” In addition to the two purebred dogs she was showing, she had “two rescue mutts at home, and they have the same food, supplements, and everything else my show dogs get.”

And when I asked one of the veteran breeders how many of her peers raise dogs so they can sell the litters commercially, she looked at me like I was from Mars. “We all sell dogs, son,” she told me. “But none of us make a cent doing it. And I know where all my dogs live. If anyone can’t provide for them, we take ‘em back.” And then, almost as an afterthought: “I sure don’t want any of mine going to the pound or a rescue.”

Everyone I asked about this had the same kind of answer. If they found out that any of their puppies wound up in a shelter, they’d sure do something about it.

So why all the hostility from the Humane Society of the United States? Why did I hear from North and South Carolinians who had beaten back attempt after attempt from HSUS to have them taxed, registered, regulated, raided, and otherwise priced out of their hobby? What is it about these men, women, and children, so passionate about running up and down a concrete floor with their pets, that demands intervention from activists who think they know better?

Maybe it’s that HSUS thinks the only way to shut down “puppy mills” is to paint every dog breeder with the same broad brush. Maybe. I haven’t yet really wrapped my mind around why HSUS is opposed to everything I saw this weekend. I just know that it is.

As with pretty much every group of ranchers, dairymen, biomedical research scientists, and chicken farmers I’ve met, the breeders I spoke with this weekend had varying levels of awareness about the looming political threat from HSUS. Some of them can’t be bothered to be bothered. Others are fired up at the mere mention of Wayne Pacelle’s name.

“Somebody has to take that guy on,” one 50-ish man barked when I brought up the name of HSUS’s CEO. “That whole movement is nuts. After I showed up to lobby against HSUS’s last North Carolina breeder tax, I started getting calls in the middle of the night, untraceable phone calls, from these people saying they were going to come on my property, take my dogs, and burn my house down. I told ‘em my new rifle has an awesome night scope. That pretty much ended it.”

I spoke to the crowd after the Best In Show was awarded, in this case to a fluffy pekingese named “Noelle.” I told them that their problem is the same as the one faced by pork producers, egg farmers, dairymen, and even cancer researchers. But it was up to them to reach beyond their circle of friends—outside their comfort zone—if their kids and grandkids were going to keep being Junior Handlers and continue to raise the dog breeds they’ve come to love.

At the end of the day, I have to be skeptical of HSUS’s blanket condemnation of pet breeders. I’m confident that there are some horrible ones out there, as there are with any group of people (including animal activists…), but any legislative or cultural movement that lumps the people I met this weekend in with the bad actors is just plain wrong-headed.

Because the dogs I met in South Carolina were among the best-cared-for animals I’ve ever seen. Anyone who’s truly interested in animal welfare would want to make sure more dogs—not fewer—are treated this way. So how ’bout it, Wayne? Why aren’t you promoting dog shows?

Probably because you’ve never been to one.

Posted on 05/24/2010 at 09:55 AM by the HumaneWatch Team

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Any size letter will do!!

PR NEWSWIRE Press Release shows yet another way HSUS continues their quest to deceive pet lovers, while making millions.  Just as with the Yellow Tail Wine episode, we need to write them letters, call, forward to all others, send to Facebook, Twitter, etc, and send them a Christmas message that you certainly will NOT be buying Christmas or any other gifts from Fred Myers, as long as they continue to support extremist animal rights organizations who’s underlying goal is actually “no animal use.”

Fred Meyer Contacts, includes email form and 800-number: http://www.fredmeyerjewelers.com/Marketing/ContactUs.aspx (I sent mine to the subjects “Product Inquiry”, “Testimonials” and “Press Inquiries”)  There is an automated response but you CAN leave your phone # for them to contact you, if you like.

PS, it probably wouldn’t hurt to contact PR Newswire, as well.

Send to VP of Public Relations, Rachel Meranus: rachel.meranus@prnewswire.com
My letters to them simply included copies of what I sent to Fred Meyer, asking them to do some real investigative reporting.

They want a few places to look up facts about what you are telling them?
Here are a few suggestions you can add to your already-growing list of anti-animal rights websites:

Excellent synopsis, tell them to click on all the links here:  http://www.ncraoa.com/HSUS.html
Here are some quotes, straight from the “horse’s” mouths: http://www.ncraoa.com/HSUS_quotes.html
More:
There are literally 2 dozen talking points you can use in your contact
letter.

Handouts from Mofed (http://www.thealliancefortruth.com/#)  and the great HumaneWatch.org. ads:(http://humanewatch.org/index.php/ads/)

(this includes the “7 Things You Didn’t Know About HSUS”)

Frank Losey’s handout is also excellent and includes a lot of talking
points about the RICO act lawsuit against HSUS and the IRS investigation.
http://www.mofed.org/Hand-outs-Printable-info.htm

Other talking points you could include would be:

The Pang civil rights lawsuit against HSUS.
http://humanewatch.org/index.php/documents/detail/norman_pang_lawsuit_against_hsus_employees/

The Christensen civil rights lawsuit against HSUS.
http://humanewatch.org/index.php/documents/detail/federal_lawsuit_against_hsus_et_al_filed_by_south_dakota_dog_breeder_d/

The Malott case involving her filing a complaint with the FBI over
HSUS’s violation of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.
http://humanewatch.org/index.php/site/post/AETA_HSUS_Malott/

Have fun! HSUS needs to be objected to, wherever they raise their
heads. Just remember, keep your letter/email polite and factual.

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Dear friends,

I am suggesting that we urge all club members, forward to other clubs, including performance people, grooming shops, veterinarians and anyone else that has a vested interest in dogs, to contact their federal Congressmen/Senators, giving the reasons we are opposed to the recently introduced “PUPS” bill.  In addition to the information in Frank’s note, below, here is additional copy/paste material:  http://www.saova.org/PUPS.html.

Frank’s IRS initiative is ongoing; several congressmen have taken up the cause, personally asking the director of the IRS to investigate the HSUS;  now, Frank is asking us to ban together to stop this (HSUS) PUPS bill, which, contrary to another organization’s opinion that we should “let it be” (hoping it would die in committee) is definitely gaining momentum.

In addition, there is a huge strategic importance to the issuance of “public condemnation of substandard kennels” (see Frank’s note below).  I would like to see parent clubs join the list of organizations that have made such statements.  The more organizations that do this, the more fighting power we have against bills such as the PUPS bill.  Please have your clubs issue a statement, and note it on their public website.  If you will, send it to me, so I can make Frank aware.  He is going to use the sheer numbers in his “arguments” for future dialogs with various “powers”.

I know this is rather long, but each and every one of us MUST understand what is going on and what needs to be done; so I am providing you with the information;  all you need to do is copy, paste and SEND to your federal legislators.
PLEASE DO THIS, FOR THE SAKE OF OUR ANIMALS.

Written by Frank Losey:   PUPS – – THE “PERFECT STORM” FOR AN HSUS “SNEAK ATTACK”

Based on my 20 years of Lobbying Experience in Washington DC , I believe that the HSUS is methodically executing a “Behind-the-Scenes Strategy,” with the help of several Members of Congress, to ensure that the PUPS Bill is enacted this year for the following reasons:

1.       The number of co-sponsors of the PUPS Bill (H.R. 5434) in the House of Representatives continues to grow each week.   As of July 23, 2010 the number of sponsors and co-sponsors in the House of Representatives is 83.

2.       HSUS is “beating the drum,” behind the scenes, to Congressional Members and their respective  Staffs about the scathing USDA IG Report with regards to APHIS Inspection Procedures, and is citing that Report as a reason for House Congressional Members to co-sponsor the PUPS Bill.

3.       HSUS has ballyhooed the Animal Crush Video Bill (H.R 5566), which passed the House on July 21, 2010 by a vote of 416 to only three votes in opposition.  Significantly, nearly 300 House Members had co-sponsored this Bill.  That is why House Rules on voting for this Bill were suspended.  The horrific images used to gather Congressional support for this Animal Crush Video Bill will consciously and subliminally carry over in the minds of many Members of Congress and their respective staffs.

4. HSUS is masterful with its use of subliminal messages and resonating, horrific images that have framed the Public’s “misperceptions” about all breeders.

5.       HSUS has spent millions of dollars on advertising on the FOX Network.  These ads on FOX raise the following question:  Why would HSUS not run the same ads on other major networks, unless there was an ulterior motive? Unquestionably, HSUS is seeking donations as part of its “Factory Fundraising” efforts.  However, a secondary and major subliminal purpose of using the FOX Network is to reach out to conservative Republicans, who historically have not scored well on the HSUS Congressional Scorecard.  HSUS is politically streetwise and savvy, and it knows that Conservative Republicans are more apt to watch FOX, and “coincidentally” see the HSUS ads, which contain gut-wrenching” images of dogs and puppies.  This is done not only to try and gather support for more co-sponsors on the PUPS Bill, but more importantly, to reduce and mute opposition to the inevitable efforts of the HSUS to orchestrate a “Sneak Attack” amendment to a “Must Pass Bill,” such as an Appropriations Bill for funding the USDA.

6.       “Sneak Attacks” are by their very nature sneaky and designed to use the element of surprise to one’s advantage.  In short, you do not publicly tell your potential opposition of your plan of attack against responsible breeders until it is too late to stop the orchestrated “attack!!!!”

7. Why would the HSUS use a “Sneak Attack” for the PUPS Bill????????? In March of 2009, during a Workshop sponsored by the Georgetown Law School and the HSUS, Congressman Moran from VA, who was a Congressional Panelist at the Workshop, was asked the following question:  “Why is it so hard for us to amend the Animal Welfare Act, and how can we do it? His response was chilling, and the gist of what he said is as follows:  The best way to overcome opposition is to wait until the eleventh hour and add a late night, last minute amendment to a “Must Pass Bill,” such as an Appropriations Bill, so that there will be no time for opposition to kill the amendment. Significantly, Congressman Moran is on the Appropriations Committee!

8. I respectfully submit that the reason why HSUS recently has been eerily “silent” on the PUPS Bill, and has not been repeatedly and publicly urging its “11 Million Members” to contact their respective Members of Congress and ask them to support the PUPS Bill is because the HSUS is executing a “Sneak Attack” in the following sequence:

  • Continue to work behind-the-scenes, and “under the radar” to gather co-sponsors for the PUPS Bill by following up with the nearly 300 U.S. Representatives who co-sponsored the Animal Crush Video Bill, and literally “take a license” with these unsuspecting Members of Congress by simply implying that their support is needed for the same reason as was their support for the Animal Crush Video Bill.
  • HSUS will continue to “recruit” more Representatives to co-sponsor the PUPS Bill, and once the number crosses the 100 threshold, HSUS will employ the “herd mentality” approach to persuade more and more Representatives to jump on the bandwagon.  HSUS will claim that this will “protect those dogs and puppies that need your help.”
  • When the USDA Appropriations Bill comes up for a vote, as Members of Congress are  scrambling to wrap up outstanding issues in a hurry so that they may return to their States and Districts to run for re-election, the PUPS Bill will be added, “at the last minute,” and the justification for “expediency” will be that since the PUPS Bill has well in excess of 100 co-sponsors, it “obviously” is not a controversial amendment, and it will become part of a “Must Pass Bill,” and there will be no time to mount opposition to it.

9. Why is this suggested “Sneak Attack” Scenario not only feasible, but likely, you ask?

  • The Congressman who suggested a “Sneak Attack” Approach is Congressman Moran.
  • Congressman Moran co-founded and is the Co-Chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus in the House of Representatives.  This Caucus has 84 Members.
  • The Website for the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus lists 40 different animal related Bills “currently under consideration by Congress.” Conspicuous by its absence is the PUPS Bill, which currently is being sponsored and co-sponsored by 83 Members of the House – – that is nearly 20% of the House of Representatives.  Could that “omission” be yet another tell-tale indication that a coordinated “Sneak Attack” is on-going, especially since Congressman Moran is the Co-Chair of this Caucus?!?!?!?!?!?
  • Congressman Moran has introduced and sponsored Bills championed by the HSUS.
  • Congressman Moran has been a featured speaker at HSUS Events.
  • Congressman Moran is a Member of the House Appropriations Committee which will be considering the Appropriations Bill for the USDA.
  • And in the Senate, which must also pass the Appropriations Bill for USDA, you have Senator Durbin, who could smooth the way for Senate passage of the PUPS Bill as an Amendment to the USDA Appropriations Bill in the Senate because:

o        Senator Durbin is in a Democrat Leadership Position in the Senate.

o        Senator Durbin introduced an identical version of the PUPS Bill in the Senate.

o        Senator Durbin is on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

  • The HSUS Annual Lobbying Event in Washington DC (Taking Action for Animals) concluded on July 26, 2010 with a Major Lobby Day Campaign, which was totally scripted by the HSUS, and resulted in hundreds of HSUS supporters descending upon the U.S. Capitol to personally tell their respective Members of Congress to support every Bill that HSUS wishes to have Congress enact – – this includes the PUPS Bill!

For all of the reasons set out above, I believe the “Perfect Storm” exists for the HSUS to successfully orchestrate the enactment of the PUPS Bill.

WHAT CAN BE DONE?

Follow the HSUS Lobbying Play Book, and send E-Mails to your respective Members of Congress that politely ask that they suspend judgment and action on the PUPS Bill (H.R. 5434 and S. 3424) until the following questions are fully vetted in a Committee Hearing:

1.       Is the “perceived problem” and “need” for the PUPS Bill caused by the so-called internet sales “loophole,” or by simply an inability of APHIS to enforce existing laws and regulations?  In short, would the “perceived problem” and “need” be best addressed by more strictly enforcing the existing laws and regulations, rather than adding new laws and regulations onto the existing laws and regulations that may not have been strictly enforced?

2.       Is it the intent of Congress to mandate that if someone has as few as one intact female dog that is capable of being used for breeding, then that person may be subject to the expanded coverage of the PUPS Bill?

3.       Is it appropriate for Congress to define a four-month-old puppy to be an adult dog?

4.       Would the existing language in the PUPS Bill have the unintended consequence of dramatically reducing the number of available dogs that are specifically bred and trained for use by special needs organizations that support the handicapped and the blind?

5.       Would the existing language in the PUPS Bill have the unintended consequence of dramatically reducing the number of available dogs that that are specifically bred and trained for use by law enforcement throughout the U.S. , the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense, such as bomb sniffing dogs?

6.       Why has the Humane Society of the U.S. , for the last three years, repeatedly refused to tell the American Public and the U.S. Congress that major Pet Breeder Organizations in 10 States have publicly condemned substandard kennels?  Significantly, over 85% of all Federally licensed and inspected kennels are located in those 10 States.

  • If you live in Arkansas , Colorado , Indiana , Iowa , Kansas , Missouri , Ohio , Oklahoma , Pennsylvania or South Dakota , you may wish to add the following sentence.  “Our State is one of the 10 States.”

If enough breeders send E-Mails to their respective Members of Congress, such a collective effort may derail and stop the HSUS PUPS Bill Freight Train that is picking up steam.  Lets mimic the IRS effort and bombard Congress with another 5K letters!!!!  THANK YOU

Frank Losey

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February 6, 2010

New to the dog food business: The HSUS (an animal rights organization, not to be confused with the Humane Society of old). Their product contains no animal protein. The protein source is soy, while the rest of the content is vegetable. The food is being produced in Uruguay from local vegetable sources.

So because the HSUS is against humans eating meat, now they are pushing for dogs to also be vegetarians?

The Humane Society of the United States is in the Pet Food business
Humane Choice is the new dog food developed by the Humane Society of the United States; the food will be sold at Petco, Whole Foods and other stores. The new vegetarian dog food is NOT made at a US company; it’s made in Uruguay.
http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/the-humane-society-of-the-united-states-is-in-the-pet-food-business.html

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Researching all the things you thought you knew but were afraid to ask !!!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Spidey’s been busy busy busy. I was called away to Florida on some unexpected business and while I was there I decided to do a little research into their web. I knew it would turn into quite a project – just like Texas – or any other state for that matter. I may as well share the information since I have it.

The HSUS coalition of the Florida Federation of Humane Societies began way back in the 1960’s. Much of the groundwork for the grassroots federation began in Florida and California. The original Federation was located in Bradenton, FL (EIN 59-2116518) on Cortez Rd. Records indicate that the organization is now inactive.

In the past couple of years, many of the old state based federations have gone national. The National Federation of Humane Societies (EIN 74-3180037) based in Washington, D.C., has Wayne Pacelle as one of its directors and he is quite proud of the fact that HSUS recently arranged a corporate liason with the SPCA Wildlife Care Center of Broward County, Florida. This center is the fifth largest animal care center of the HSUS. The local Florida grassroots has morphed into other networks which will be covered later.

Briefly, the National Federation of Humane Societies (NFHS) 2009 Executive Officers are as follows:
Click here to see them

The H$U$ Stock Portfolio

Spidey thought he’d do a little checking into more HSUS stock holdings and has been tied up in that web for a while. You may ask, “Why does HSUS buy publicly traded stock in the food business?” Simple – to put them out of business. Their tactics involve thinly veiled animal rights rhetoric. When “animal welfare” is used to control people, then you can be sure, we are dealing with something more than meets the eye. Their focus on farm animals – especially caged hens and crated pigs – is designed to harass the following companies:
Click here to see that list

HSUS Certification?

HSUS is actively buying stock in major restaurant chains across the country to force them into buying food produced exclusively by HSUS approved production practices. This will drive up the cost of meat, eggs and other foods, and and drive down demand for those U.S. produced foods. Many business will resort to buying substandard food products from foreign countries.

After all, we have witnessed the environmentalist’s movement to endorse eco-certification of products. And PeTA created their cruelty free endorsement. It is no wonder HSUS wants a piece of this action. Notice how these “ethical certifications” have crept into the politically correct, collective mindset of the Kool-Aid drinking sheeple.
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Campaigns, Letters and Lawsuits

Like the oft-used “Dear Cal-Maine” letter above, this is the information they use to encourage companies to end the use of sow gestation crates.

HSUS sent this letter to Pilgrim’s Pride, one of their targets for many years. This company is now bankrupt. It is beyond the scope of this article to analyze the impact such campaigns have had on our economy, workforce and the lives of employees of such companies.

HSUS filed an egg price-fixing lawsuit against the United Egg Producers; United Egg Allied; Cal-Maine Foods, Inc.; Daybreak Foods, Inc.; Golden Oval Eggs, LLC; Michael Foods, Inc.; Midwest Poultry Services, L.P.; MoArk LLC; National Food Corp.; Norco Ranch, Inc.; NuCal Foods, Inc.; Pilgrim’s Pride Corp.; Rose Acre Farms, Inc.; and R.W. Sauder, Inc. They also targeted Sanderson Farms, Inc. along with PeTA since KFC was one of their largest customers.
Read more of the influence HSUS has had on Businesses and your jobs

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Humane Society Of The United States Has A History Of Deceptive Pitches

Washington, DC – The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is calling on the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to return all the funds it has raised under the pretense of “saving” animals in the wake of Haiti’s devastating earthquake. A disaster relief expert working with Humane Society International (HSUS’s global arm) reports that there are no animal issues resulting from the earthquake and that no actions can be taken to help animals there. This follows a thorough assessment of the situation in Haiti.

HSUS continues to raise funds for “emergency” donations, claiming Tuesday that “Humane Society International’s team on the ground in Haiti continues its work of helping animals in distress.”

David Martosko, Director of Research at the Center for Consumer Freedom released the following statement on HSUS’s deceptive fundraising:
Click here to read the statement.

More Troubling Signs With HSUS’s Haiti Haul

We told you last week about some serious issues we had with the Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) latest fundraising drive, which is raising money in the wake of the devastating Haiti earthquake. Today, new concerns come from a disaster expert with Humane Society International (HSI), the global arm of HSUS itself. Lloyd Brown from Wildlife Rescue of Dade County deployed with HSI to Haiti, and tells The Horse magazine that his team has determined nothing can be done at the moment to help animals there:

Our team has been doing assessments for several days now and it is our professional opinion that no animal issues are here that are related to the event of the earthquake. There are a lot of animal issues here, but after speaking with a local American expatriate veterinarian here (who is very well connected in this country) we must agree with her that now is not the time to deal with them.

Let me give you an example: If we were to set up a spay/neuter clinic while so many people are displaced and homeless, it could be disastrous–they don’t understand neutering here. People are hungry, they have no homes, they have no shelter, they are sleeping in the streets. They don’t understand the concept of a PET, they are an agricultural community–animals are for work or to sell food or to help them feed their families.
Click here to read the full article and recaps

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The case against a Hurley dog breeder is in limbo now that the raid on his property was ruled illegal. A Yankton judge ruled that 172 dogs were taken illegally from Dan Christensen’s property because Second Chance Rescue Center of Sioux Falls didn’t tell the judge the dogs appeared to be okay just days earlier.

The Humane Society of the United States was also involved in seizing the dogs from Christensen’s property. The HSUS was actually sitting at the Turner County Fairgrounds the day Rosey Quinn of Second Chance Rescue Center went to ask a judge to issue the warrant to raid Dan Christensen’s property.

Ben Dunsmoor: Were you aware Second Chance didn’t have a warrant when you showed up that day?
Click here to read the full article on how a breeder wrongfully lost her dogs

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