Once again animal rights activists are busy in Columbus trying to get legislation passed that will make if difficult, if not eventually impossible, for us to own cats and dogs. Here is a portion of a news letter from The Sporting Dog Alliance, with permission to cross post. Please contact your senator voicing your concerns.
For example, not everyone who has an unaltered dog breeds. Some who are active in performance events such as agility and obedience choose to not alter their dogs, especially males. Much of the "research" that activist spot off has been proven to not be true. Example, did you know that a dog has less than 6% chance of getting prostrate cancer? Yet, that is what they say to encourage neutering. What they do not tell you, especially with early spaying and neutering, you almost guarantee that your dog will end up with other forms or cancer which are much more deadly.
Keep our right to choose our health care for our pets. Most people are responsible and do not allow their dogs to breed. Why should we be punished?!
Animal rights groups failed to pass legislation last year that would have destroyed the breeding of high quality purebred dogs in Ohio. As expected, they are back again this year with Senate Bill 95. The prime sponsors, Sen. Gary Cates and Sen. Jim Hughes, also were the sponsors of last year’s failed animal rights legislation.
Here is a link to the text of SB 95:
http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=128_SB_95 . Please read its 42 pages of anti-dog-owner bureaucracy. It is straight from the drawing board of HSUS. The legislation has been introduced, but still has not been assigned to a committee, according to the Senate website. Last year, the sponsors managed to keep the legislation out of the Agriculture Committee, which understands the threats of extremist animal rights activism.
We are asking Ohio dog owners to do two things to help stop this destructive legislation. First, contact the Senate leadership and ask them to assign SB 95 to the Agriculture Committee, which is the only appropriate place. No other committee works regularly with animal issues.
Here is a link to the Senate leaders:
http://www.senate.state.oh.us/leadership/index.html . Click on each name to get contact information.
Second, please contact your own senator and ask him or her to oppose SB 95 from the outset, and to use her/his influence with Senate leadership to direct this bill to the Agriculture Committee. Here is a list of each senator: http://www.senate.state.oh.us/senators/by_name.html . Click on a name to get contact information.
Here are some key provisions of SB 95:
- A breeding dog is defined as a dog of any age that is not sterilized. It includes both males and females, and even newborn puppies. A regulated breeding kennel is defined as a kennel that produces either nine litters of puppies a year, or at least 40 puppies a year. This definition entraps many serious hobbyists, as 40 puppies could translate into only four or five litters a year in some breeds, and may also entrap private animal rescue networks that don’t breed any dogs.
- A kennel control authority is created that will write and administer kennel regulations, with no provision for legislative control or oversight, and no accountability to the citizens. These rules will include inspections, background investigations of applicants, rules governing animal rescue organizations, and many other requirements.
- Applicants for a kennel or rescue license will be required to have insurance and also to post bonds ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. Both the insurance and bonds will be payable to the state, in the event of a license revocation, in order to pay for the cost of caring for seized dogs.
- Anyone who sells a dog or a puppy will be required to obtain a vendor’s license (some county treasurers already are requiring this in violation of the law, the American Sporting Dog Alliance reported earlier this year).
- Kennel housing requirements will eliminate raising puppies inside a home or in a family environment, for all license holders. Fenced yards for dogs living in a home environment would not meet exercise area requirements, and the bill says that half of the lawn would have to be paved in concrete to comply. For dogs that live in indoor or indoor/outdoor facilities, minimum pen sizes are required that may create dangerous conditions in cold weather. Most dogs will have to have continuous access to clean and unfrozen water, which is an impossibility for dogs kept outdoors in the winter.
- Tail docking, dewclaw removal and ear cropping can be done only by a licensed veterinarian. For hundreds of years, these routine procedures have been done by people who raise puppies, and few if any problems have been reported.
- Veterinary care is required for any disease, illness or injury, even if the problem is only minor and easily treated by the animal’s owner. As with parents of human children, most people who own kennels are skilled and equipped to handle routine situations. The bill also requires veterinary approval before any female dog can be bred, and all euthanasia must be done by a veterinarian, even if this causes a dog to experience prolonged suffering.
- No dog can be sold at any public place. This definition would include dog shows, field trials or competitive events, or events sponsored by rescue groups in public places.
- Dogs can be seized and impounded for any violation of the law, including minor or technical violations. Dogs can be seized when the owner is not present, and an owner is entitled only to an administrative hearing before the agency that seized the dogs. There is an appeal only to the environmental division of the Franklin County Court. Civil penalties cannot be appealed, and range from $25 to $15,000 for each dog and each day of violation.
- And an advisory board is created that is heavily stacked in favor of animal rights groups. Only one representative of an AKC breed club is included, and there is no other representation for other dog owners.
Susan Jenkins owns Papp's Dog Services in Akron, Ohio.
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