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Big Brother Finally Gets Something Right: Strict Regulation of Puppy Mills and Backyard Breeders Passes Texas House

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  • Brennan Browne
    From: Brennan Browne Subject: FW: [AR-News] (US/tx) Big Brother Finally Get Something Right. Strict Regulation of Puppy Mills and
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 29, 2011
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      From: Brennan Browne <endspeciescide@...>
      Subject: FW: [AR-News] (US/tx) Big Brother Finally Get Something Right. Strict Regulation of Puppy Mills and Backyard Breeders Passes Texas House
      Date: Friday, April 29, 2011, 10:17 AM

      Texas House moves to strip rights of sporting dog owners

      Surely Davy Crockett, Sam Houston and Jim Bowie are rolling over in their graves.

      It is hard to believe that these patriots in the fight for a free and
      independent Texas would ever have foreseen that a legislature full of
      supposed conservatives would vote to permit warrantless searches of the
      homes of those folks who might sell a few puppies at the end of their
      driveway. That, however, is exactly what took place yesterday as Texas’
      House of Representatives voted 98-43 in favor of a bill alleged to be
      targeting so called puppy mills. Click here to see who voted to take
      your rights away and to see those that stood up to protect them.

      Puppy mill is a media term coined by animal rights groups to bring
      attention to substandard conditions in some large scale, commercial dog
      breeding facilities. The dog owners that I know, along with hunters,
      all believe that these places should be operated humanely. But as is
      often the case with legislation drafted by the animal rights lobby, the
      net has been cast much wider than large-scale commercial facilities.

      That’s why the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, the American Kennel Club,
      the Texas Wildlife Association, and many other national and local
      sportsmen’s and dog groups are opposing the bill.

      House Bill 1451 classifies you as a commercial breeder if you
      maintain eleven female dogs that have not been spayed, and you sell
      dogs. Now, to a lot of urban folks having eleven dogs may seem like a
      lot. But to a sporting dog kennel owner who uses the animals to chase
      foxes or flush quail, it is not a lot. And if one of these owners sells
      even just two puppies, then that person opens his house to being
      searched by the government without cause. Without even so much as a

      No warrant. I guess you can now add the founding fathers to the list of those rolling in their graves.

      But that is indeed the case with this bill. The fellow who puts by
      his driveway to sell a litter of puppies is considered a commercial
      breeder. The woman who takes out an ad in her local newspaper to sell a
      few extra Labrador retrievers is to be treated as if she were operating
      a puppy producing factory. No one has ever made a case that hobby
      breeders and sporting dog kennels are operating inhumane facilities.

      This bill is like treating a mom and pop ice cream stand the same as a
      factory. License fees will be higher. Record keeping requirements
      must be maintained and must be available to the government at any time.
      Kennel construction and maintenance will be tightly regulated by the
      government. The bill sets up a new unelected board that is allowed to
      add any requirements, fees and restrictions that it deems necessary.
      All of these things will run the cost of maintaining a hobby kennel
      through the roof, and ultimately out of business.

      Currently many sporting dog kennels and hobby breeders maintain the
      records for their dogs on their home computer. Because, as I keep
      driving home the point, they are not a large commercial industry. This
      bill gives inspectors authority to search the premises where records are
      kept without probable cause or a warrant. A suspected drug dealer does
      not have to worry about the government storming his house without
      cause, but a dog breeder does? That is simply amazing.

      And what is even more amazing? Is that this is taking place in
      Texas. Not California. Not New York. But in the Republic of Texas.
      The future home of one of the most restrictive dog kennel requirements
      in the United States.

      House Bill 1451 is now in the Texas Senate. Here’s hoping that the
      elected officials here will remember their predecessors and make sure
      that this bill is written fairly, and properly targets the commercial
      operators it claims to be pursuing. Failing that, this bill should be

      To find your state senator’s contact information [And THANK THEM for supporting HB 1451], visit the USSA Legislative Action Center at www.ussportsmen.org/LAC.

      Rob Sexton




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