Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance (SAOVA) saova_south at mailman.montana.com
Tue May 10 19:43:29 MDT 2011



Dear SAOVA friends,


U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance posted an alert for the HB 1451 hearing which is
included below.  HB 1451 is opposed by: American Dog Breeders Association;
American Kennel Club; American Dog Owners Association; American Brittany
Club; American Miniature Schnauzer Club; Dachshund Club of America; Doberman
Pinscher Club of America; English Setter Association of America; Irish
Wolfhound Club of America; Keeshond Club of America; Lone Star Working Dog
Association; Masters of Foxhounds Association of North America; National
Beagle Club of America; RPOA Texas Outreach and Responsible Pet Owners
Alliance; Texas Dog Hunters Association; Texas Wildlife Association; United
Kennel Club; and MANY more local and national organizations. 


Join the growing list opposed to HB 1451.  Send an email to:
saova at earthlink.net 


View the full list at the SAOVA website: 





Susan Wolf
Sportsmen's & Animal Owners' Voting Alliance
Issue lobbying and working to identify and elect supportive legislators
Visit SAOVA News http://saovanews.blogspot.com

Public Hearing Set for Bill Treating Sporting Dog Owners as "Puppy Mills"

Sportsmen and sporting dog owners should plan to attend and voice their

A public hearing has been set for House Bill 1451 which would treat many
sporting dog and hobby breeders the same as so-called "puppy mills" and
could put many sporting dog and hobby breeders out of existence.  Sportsmen
and sporting dog owners should plan on attending to voice their opposition
to House Bill 1451.

The hearing will take place this Thursday, May 12th at 1:30 p.m. and will be
held in Room 2E.20 (Betty King Committee Room) at the Capitol in Austin.

House Bill 1451 would:

*	Classify sporting dog kennels or hobby breeders who have 11 female
dogs that have not been spayed to be classified the same as a huge
commercial dealer if they sell just two dogs.
*	Charge kennel license fees likely to be at least $1,300 per kennel
even for hobby breeders who hardly ever sell dogs. 
*	Create an unelected commission to create kennel construction
requirements, record keeping requirements and other expensive red tape items
that hobby breeders cannot afford because their primary purpose is not to
sell dogs. 
*	Allow for unannounced inspections of kennels and the homes of their
owners if they keep their kennel records on a computer inside their house. 
*	Allow for the inspection of records within a home without any
suspicion of wrong doing or even a search warrant. 
*	Threaten to drive sporting dog kennels and hobby breeders out of
business because they do not have the commercial revenue to offset high
fees, and expensive regulations. 
*	Disclose personal information about dog breeders to the public by
creating a public directory containing information on all registered

Take Action!  Sportsmen and sporting dog owners should plan on attending
Thursday's hearing and testify in opposition to House Bill 1451.  Those
unable to attend should call their state senator and ask them to vote no on
House Bill 1451.  To contact your senator, visit the U.S. Sportsmen's
Alliance Legislative Action Center at www.ussportsmen.org/lac.

For more information, contact the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance at 614-888-4868
or email info at ussportsmen.org
U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance 801 Kingsmill Parkway Columbus, Ohio 43229




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