05/09/2010: Differentiating Between Your Local Shelter or Rescue and HSUSLast month’s column was a response to the Humane Society of the United States campaign against hunting with hounds. Included were quotes I received from UKC hound owners by my column deadline. I have received many more since then, and am happy to see all the responses. From these responses I’m gathering that most of you understand what HSUS is—an animal rights organization with no real connection to shelters—and for me to continue to harp against them every month is just preaching to the choir.
04/09/2010: Response to the HSUS Attack on Hunting with HoundsSome of you may have noticed that I had no column last month. There are several reasons behind it, but mainly I have been trying to gather research and also stories and comments from all of you, the true experts on hound hunting, in order to refute the gross misstatements and baseless allegations made by HSUS in their campaign against hound hunting.
02/09/2010: National Animal Interest Alliance Annual Conference, Part 2In last month’s column, I covered some of the highlights of the National Animal Interest Alliance conference I attended in November. As I wasn’t able to touch on everything from the conference in that column, I wanted to discuss a few other speakers as well as my first lobbying experience this month. As I discussed previously, the main theme of this year’s conference was how greatly animal industries have been hit all across the board by animal rights agendas; there are a LOT of animal issues out there outside of dog owner’s rights.
01/09/2010: National Animal Interest Alliance Annual Conference, Part 1This month I am making a departure from the monthly legislative update to share some other legal aspects of animals, outside of dog ownership, that I learned of at a recent conference I attended. While many dog-related issues were covered, I would like to highlight some other non-dog issues that have come to the forefront as a result of the insidiousness of the entire animal rights movement.
12/09/2009: RECENT CASESUnited States v Stevens is the federal case from the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, that was granted certiorari by the Supreme Court. Oral arguments were heard by the Supreme Court on October 6.
12/09/2009: DEFEATED BILLSCalifornia AB 241 was covered in previous installments of Your Dog, Your Rights. If passed, breeders in California could not have more than 50 dogs, and those that did would have faced tough decisions on what to do with the excess dogs. Nor was there any due process provided for in cases of dogs that were seized.
12/09/2009: PROPOSED LEGISLATIONThe Pennsylvania Canine Health Board was created under section 221 of the Pennsylvania Dog Law to create specific standards that will protect the health and well being of dogs in commercial kennels (Class C Kennels). The Canine Health Board has proposed some very stringent guidelines for ventilation, lighting, and flooring for commercial kennels. The regulations are subject to public comment and regulatory review prior to final publication of the proposed regulations.
11/09/2009: RECENTLY PASSED LAWSA worrisome, overly-restrictive tethering ordinance was recently passed in Kanawha County West Virginia. It’s worrisome because surrounding counties may consider similar ordinances, which will have an enormous impact on dog owners, especially hunting dog owners. Kanawha County Commission held 4 public hearings on the issue, and found what they believed to be the majority of public opinion was in support of regulating tethering dogs.
11/09/2009: PENDING LEGISLATIONCalifornia Senate Bill 250, the mandatory spay and neuter legislation discussed in the last column, has been tabled until the next California legislative session in 2010. It has not yet been defeated and will most definitely resurface. The bill was last amended on August 31, 2009. It unfortunately still has no requirement that intact dog permits be made available state-wide. As originally written, intact dog licenses will only be available in municipalities and counties that choose to provide that option.
09/09/2009: MiscellaneousA resolution that proposed to change the American Veterinary Medical Association’s policy against ‘cosmetic procedures’ was vetoed at the AVMA annual convention on July 10, 2009. The Utah VMA brought a resolution that would retract the AVMA’s stated opposition to these procedures, but 75% of the members voted the resolution down.