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Post  runarabbit on Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:32 pm

NEWS BRIEFS January 6, 2011
The world not only belongs to those who show up, it's controlled by the best
informed and most motivated. Thanks for reading. 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

State senator Josh Brecheen (R, 6) prefiled a bill to repeal the Commercial
Pet Breeders Act and provide for transfer of any money in the Commercial Pet
Breeders Enforcement Fund. http://tinyurl.com/ya3z6qz

Rural lawmakers and other opponents of Proposition B are pushing for repeal.
State Sen. Bill Stouffer (R-Napton) filed a "straight-up" repeal of
Proposition B. Stouffer told reporters, "When I looked at my Senate
district, I have a couple counties that voted 80 percent against it." The
Marshall Democrat-News reports HSUS spent $4.5 million on advertising,
including a strong television ad campaign in the metropolitan areas to push
passage of the ballot measure. HSUS has already hired four lobbyists to
work against repeal efforts. Marshall Democrat-News. Stouffer files bill to
repeal 'puppy mill' law. http://tinyurl.com/262oxfe

An outspoken opponent of Proposition B during the petition and election
campaigns, Sen. Mike Parson (R, 28) challenged the 50 dog limit the measure
imposed on breeders. "In what other industry do we limit how many products
they can have? We may as well limit how many cars someone can sell. Buffalo
Reflex. 'Puppy mill bill' dissected in forum at Bolivar High School.

A bill to establish an animal abuser registry has been prefiled by New York
Assemblymember Deborah Glick (D, 66). A299 was filed 1/5/2011 and referred
to Agriculture.

South Carolina Senators Jake Knotts (R, 23) and Danny Verdin (R, 9) prefiled
similar legislation. S226 was prefiled 12/08/10 and referred to the Senate
Committee on Judiciary.

Both bills establish statewide registries with community notification
requirements. The registries function like sex offender registries,
requiring convicted animal abusers to register personal information with
local law enforcement. Sheriff's departments will be required to maintain
registry, notify all residents, schools, businesses, and animal shelters
within half-mile radius of the abuser's residence. State law enforcement
divisions must maintain the information in a database for 15 years and have
it available online.

Attempts to enact animal abuser registries have been unsuccessful in Rhode
Island, Colorado, Tennessee, Louisiana, and California. Louisiana Fiscal
Office concluded the registry would cost $46,000 to implement and $126,000
over five years for very few offenders. The Fiscal Office added that only 5
offenders were currently incarcerated at state facilities for crimes against
animals included in the proposed legislation.

Some states have already come under criticism for requiring registration and
community notification for an ever-expanding list of offenses. The
effectiveness of registries has also come under scrutiny. A federally funded
study by the New Jersey Department of Corrections found that registries and
notification did not reduce the number of new offenses or new victims. The
study also noted that costs associated with the initial implementation as
well as ongoing expenditures continue to grow over time.

Animal abuser registry legislation should be opposed if introduced in your

Establishing animal abuser registries is a campaign of the California-based
Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) whose mission is to advance the interests
of nonhuman animals through the legal system and expand the boundaries of
animal law.

Rethinking Horse Slaughterhouses

Animal-Welfare Groups Are Joining Ranchers in a Push to Revive an Industry
That Died in 2007

Wall Street Journal Online. U.S. News January 5, 2011 by Stephanie Simon

Though horse lovers cheered when the last slaughterhouses were shuttered,
some now say they may not have thought through the consequences.

Less than four years after the last equine slaughterhouses in the U.S.
closed down, an unlikely coalition of ranchers, horse owners and
animal-welfare groups is trying to bring them back.

The group, gathering in Las Vegas this week for a conference called Summit
of the Horse, aims to map out a strategy for reviving an industry that
slaughtered as many as 100,000 horses a year in the U.S. before it was
effectively shut down by congressional action in 2007.

Advocates say the slaughterhouses could bring an economic boost to rural
areas and give owners who no longer have the means or inclination to care
for the horses an economical and humane way to dispose of them.

"We believe that humane processing is absolutely a moral and an ethical
choice," said Sue Wallis, a Wyoming state lawmaker who organized the event.
Story at link http://tinyurl.com/2esxgy2

New York Senate Bill 80
A bill proposed Sen. Daniel Squadron (D, 25) would ban the non-therapeutic
use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals. If passed, it would make
using antibiotics to promote growth or prevent disease in livestock a
criminal act punishable by fines and jail time. SB 80 was prefiled 1/5/2011
and referred to Agriculture. http://tinyurl.com/23jlbkj
This far-reaching bill also prohibits the sale and transport for sale any
food product within New York that is derived from an animal that has been
subject to non-therapeutic use of antimicrobial agents regardless of place
of origin.

The meat and poultry industry and the AVMA have repeatedly opposed
legislation aimed at banning the practice of giving antibiotics in
non-therapeutic circumstances, stating that science has not proven a
connection between feeding such drugs to food animals and the development of
antibiotic-resistant bacteria in humans.

HSUS Coming To Lobby at a State Near You
Amanda Radke writes in her Beef Magazine blog, "Sometimes, it's easy to feel
that the threat of HSUS is an isolated one, only happening in other states,
never your own. You may be surprised that in the months of January and
February, HSUS is going to be very busy and will be stopping in Alabama,
Pennsylvania, Missouri, Washington, Tennessee, Mississippi, Indiana,
Montana, Colorado, North Carolina, Nebraska and Massachusetts. It certainly
looks like HSUS isn't taking a break in 2011." Radke advises her readers,
"Rally the troops and get organized." http://tinyurl.com/247tklc

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Post  runarabbit on Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:19 pm

Please donate if you can to this organization. They are working really hard to looby for our rights as pet owners.

> From RPOA Texas Outreach and
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Permission granted to crosspost.
January 11, 2011

Texas Date of Infamy 1-11-11

The 82nd Session of the Texas Legislature convened today in Austin, Texas.

Although the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 69 years ago found everyone
totally unprepared, that is not the case in Texas. Responsible Pet Owners
Alliance has fought to preserve the human/animal bond and our historic
relationships with animals (which is biblical) for the past 20 years. We've been preparing for this date ever since the 2009 legislative
session adjourned. Pet ownership is in grave danger of extinction from the
radical Animal Rights Industry.

Recent experiences with local legislation to stop all breeding and sales of
pets (no matter what the species) in Texas had given us fair warning of what
to expect. RPOA has taken a beating with local "animal rights" city
ordinances because of the Texas "axis of evil" -- Texas Humane Legislation
Network (THLN), HSUS, PETA, Animal Legal Defense Fund, and ASPCA.

These are all national "animal rights" organizations (except for THLN, the HSUS lapdog) promoting legislation
to end all use of animals for any reason - including food, clothing,
research, entertainment and pet ownership. The extremists accuse all of us
of being "exploiters" when the true animal exploiter is the Animal Rights
Industry itself that spins animal cruelty and dog/cock fighting for
fundraising purposes. HSUS is a "Fundraising Mill."

When asked if he envisioned a future without pets, "If I had my personal
view, perhaps that might take hold. In fact, I don't want to see another
dog or cat born." Wayne Pacelle, vegan HSUS president (Bloodties: Nature,
Culture and the Hunt by Ted Kerasote, 1993, p. 266).

The 1993 FBI Report to Congress states that all extremist "animal rights"
groups are believed to be associated with each other by leadership,
membership, or both. Texas has an abundance of these extremist sub-groups
deliberately calculated to make the movement appear to be larger than it
actually is. They are mostly the same people!

At the last legislative session, RPOA and our network of many legitimate
animal interests fought and killed 14 anti-pet bills including sterilization
of every dog and cat in the state, the HSUS anti-breeding bill including a
"dealer" definition (to cover rescuers) and puppy/kitten lemon law sections;
anti-tethering, breed specific legislative attempts, kennel sizes (certain
square feet per dog), temperature restrictions for dogs being outdoors, and
other onerous bills. All written to regulate pet ownership out of

Ever since the 2009 Session adjourned, the Animal Rights Industry has played
the media like a fiddle; creating a crisis where none exists. They will say
and do anything to obtain passage of their new "Pet Elimination Bill" this
session to stop all dog and cat breeding in our state. RPOA will be announcing our Lobby Day at the Capitol soon. HSUS, Texas Humane Legislation Network and ASPCA
are holding their joint Lobby Day February 17th.

With RPOA's determination and growing strength in memberships, we are
prepared to take the lead this session as we did in 2009. We'll provide
information, guidance, talking points, bill analysis and contact information
through Action Alerts; letters to legislators, Fact Sheets, press releases,
and media interviews. We've been updating our list of approximately 500
legitimate animal interest groups who networked with us last session. Our 16 RPOA Area Advisory Committees have been formed. As soon as we get the website updated, we're ready to roll!

HSUS poured over $4 million into Missouri last year and is pouring millions
into Texas now to achieve their Anti-Ag and Anti-Pet agenda.

If we are to
succeed, we need your financial support for "RPOA Texas Outreach," our
lobbying arm. We must have financing for two lobbyists, attorneys, expert testimony at hearings, Lobby Day expenses and other incidental lobbying expenses. Our goal is $100,000 - a drop in the bucket up against HSUS millions. Donations to RPOA Texas Outreach are not tax deductible and can be made with PayPal at www.rpoatexasoutreach.org or sent to the mailing address listed.

We must get Texas animal owners subscribed to our announcement-only "Texas RPOA E-News" to stay informed. They can email rpoa@texas.net and say
"subscribe" or email Yahoo directly:

It's time to take back Texas animal issues! This Texas Date of Infamy 1-11-11 must be our springboard to victory at the 82nd Session of the Texas Legislature this year. But we can't do it without you!

RPOA Texas Outreach (501C4 Nonprofit)

Donations are not tax deductible.
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance (501C3 Nonprofit) Donations are tax deductible.

900 NE Loop 410 #311-D
San Antonio, TX 78209
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