[SAOVA_East] News Briefs July 18, 2012; APHIS rule updates
Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance (SAOVA)
saova_east at mailman.montana.com
Wed Jul 18 18:14:02 MDT 2012
We should never underestimate the resolve of animal rights organizations to bring an end to animal ownership and breeding as we know it today. I trust all our readers have been following the progress of the APHIS proposed rule for regulating retail pet sellers. The rule is widely promoted by HSUS, ASPCA, PETA, ALDF and others as merely closing a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and a means to run puppy mills out of business. Never forget that in the eyes of these radical groups and their brainwashed followers we are all irresponsible puppy mills. More than two decades ago, HSUS developed campaign materials promoting a moratorium on breeding cats and dogs and guidelines for mandatory spay/neuter laws. PETA stated long ago, "There is no such thing as a responsible breeder"; and went on to say, "Simply put, for every puppy or kitten who is deliberately produced by any breeder, an animal in an animal shelter dies."
This week the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) weighed in on the APHIS rule. Their submitted comment should be a wakeup call to anyone who holds the illusion that any part of this rule is necessary or that a compromise should be negotiated.
After the tried and true AR-speak statement that "puppy mills produce an estimated two to four million puppies each year often in deplorable and inhumane conditions", ALDF proceeds to support the rule as a beginning and highlight their ideas for additional steps needed. To summarize, ALDF opposed any expanded exemption from three to four breeding females for dog, cat, and small animal breeders; requested automatic license suspensions for repeat offenders; requested automatic confiscation of distressed animals.
Finally, ALDF requests the AWA be amended by Congress to allow private right of action for enforcement with fee shifting provision. ALDF suggests to APHIS that allowing third parties to file suit against violators would enhance enforcement process and at the same time remove some of the agency's cost burden. The ALDF comment can be viewed online at the Federal Register.
The comment period for the proposed APHIS rule regulating retail sellers has been extended until August 15. If you value your right to own and breed dogs without federal restrictions, please continue to submit comments and encourage clubs and businesses to do the same.
Again, encourage organizations and businesses to join the SAOVA Opposition List. To add your organization's name, send an email signed by an officer of the organization stating opposition to: Susan Wolf cubhill at earthlink.net. Please include organization's address. http://www.saova.org/APHIS_Opposition.List.html
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THE KING AMENDMENT
Congressman Steve King released the following statement after the House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the 2012 Farm Bill, H.R. 6083, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2012. King's "PICA" amendment prohibits states from enacting laws that place onerous conditions on the means of production for agricultural goods that are sold within its own borders but are produced in other states.
"I am pleased that the Committee passed my amendment, the Protect Interstate Commerce Act (PICA) because states are entering into trade protectionism by requiring cost prohibitive production methods in other states," said King. "PICA blocks states from requiring 'free range' eggs or 'free range' pork but covers all agriculture products listed in section 206 of the Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946. By 2014 California will require only 'free range' eggs be sold and the impact of their large market would compel producers in every other state to invest billions to meet the California standard of "means of production." PICA will ensure that radical organizations like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and PETA are prohibited from establishing a patchwork of restrictive state laws aimed at slowly suffocating production agriculture out of existence." http://steveking.house.gov
On his blog, HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle called the measure 'almost certainly unconstitutional.' Pacelle also noted that when it comes to a farm bill conference, Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) is a co-sponsor of the Senate standalone egg bill, which is sponsored by Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.). He noted she has said she would try to work it into a farm bill during the negotiations.
HSUS/HSLF FEDERAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Based on data released by the FEC on July 09, 2012, The Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) has contributed $58,500 to House Democrats and $47,500 to House Republicans. Senate contributions only totaled $15,500 to Democrats and $3,000 to Republicans.
The big winners in the House were John Campbell (R, CA) receiving $6,000; Earl Blumenauer (D, OR) $6,000; Betty Sue Sutton (D, OH) $5,000; Dan Burton (R, IN) $5,000; Ed Whitfield (R, KY) $4,000; Gary Peters (D, MI) $4,000; Peter Welch (D, VT) $3,000; Jim Gerlach (R, PA) $3,000; John Conyers (D, MI) $3,000; Dina Titus (D, NV) $3,000. Rep. Titus also received an extra $5,257 boost from the HSUS itself in paid promotions for her re-election campaign.
While Rep. Jim Moran (D, VA) received only $2,000 from HSLF, he was supported by HSUS with an additional $11,401 in campaign ads and miscellaneous expenditures.
Top recipient in the Senate Martin Heinrich (D, NM) receiving $3,000.
CALIFORNIA SB 1221
Bill to Ban Bear and Bobcat Hunting with Dogs Heads to Appropriations Committee
SB 1221, legislation authored by Senator Ted Lieu (D/28-Torrance) that would outlaw the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats in California, passed out of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on Monday, July 2nd, after failing to pass the same committee a week earlier. Although the hearing was "vote-only" with no testimony being allowed, roughly 200 showed up to voice their opposition in a rally outside the Capitol and by "quietly" lining the halls leading to the hearing room holding signs and wearing buttons.
The bill must now be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, which will focus on the measure's direct financial impact to the state - including the expected loss of nearly $400,000 in annual revenue to the Department of Fish and Game resulting from the drop in hunting license and bear tag sales. With the Legislature on recess until August 6th, the Assembly Appropriations Committee hearing will occur on August 8th or 15th.
TO DEFEAT THIS BILL IN THE ASSEMBLY APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, COHA NEEDS YOUR HELP NOW! PLEASE CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE TODAY ASKING THEM TO VOTE "NO" ON SB 1221. For Legislator contact information and a sample opposition letter, visit the COHA website: http://www.outdoorheritage.org/legislative.php#234
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