Tennessee Dog Breeders Were Thrown Under The Bus

The following was written by Carlotta Cooper. It makes me sick that the fancy still does not “get it” and is willing to form unholy alliances with the HSUS. Now that a “magic number” has been established into law, the next step will be ANOTHER piece of legislation to LOWER that number. That IS the HSUS game plan; and the fancy played right into their hands.
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I was asked to provide a little more information about why we lost with the commercial breeder bill in Tennessee. These are my views on the matter.

Losing with this bill is devastating. We have people who have been fighting the legislation who are now trying to decide which dogs to have put to sleep or looking for friends and family to take some of their dogs so they will be under the 20 female dog limit and won’t have to be inspected. We have some people who want to move out of the state.

I think the primary reason we lost was because our dog people were divided. Everything in Tennessee centers around Nashville and that’s where the decisions are made. Last year HSUS carried out a raid on a
breeder near Nashville with 700 dogs. They got the Nashville Kennel Club and some other local clubs involved in helping them. Ever since that time there have been some core people in those clubs who were
convinced that fighting “puppy mills” was their primary mission. The new HSUS state director was very smart in getting these kennel club members involved in the raid and making friends with them.

At the same time the Nashville Kennel Club, led by AKC judge Jon Cole, was heading up a new dog federation in Tennessee (Tennessee Federation of Dog Clubs). They had about a dozen member clubs from
around the state and enough money to hire a lobbyist. HSUS convinced them last winter that a bill against “puppy mills” was going to pass and that they would be better off helping to write it. So, the Federation sat down with them, had some input and has supported the bill since that time, with just a few exceptions. That was 12 of the biggest clubs in the state. Very little information was actually given to the members of the clubs. Delegates voted to accept what Jon Cole and the others decided. All meetings were held in the Nashville area.

So, it came down to the Nashville area clubs deciding things for the entire state with very little input from anyone else.

The rest of us — Responsible Animal Owners of Tennessee (mostly in Memphis and the west) and Tennessee Pet-Law (a lot of people in east Tennessee and across the state) were picking up everyone else opposed to the commercial breeder bill.

HSUS was able to say that they had the blessing of show breeders and others with the bills. They claimed to have stakeholder input which wasn’t true — there were no real commercial breeders involved in writing the bill at all. But they did have the Federation on their side.

I contacted Jon Cole as soon as I heard that he was working with HSUS on the bill in December to ask him to oppose it. I told him the reasons why he shouldn’t be working with HSUS. I told him why he should be protecting breeder rights. I told him we should be fighting breeder licensing, not trying to get it. I told him that
they should have real commercial breeders on their committee if they wanted to have a fair bill. He blew me off. I know that I’m not the only one who contacted him and told him these things.

I think if the Federation had opposed the bills and informed their membership about them so they could help fight them, the bills would have died in committee. We certainly could have used their lobbyist working for us. If they had even fully informed their membership of what they were doing I think the membership would have tried to stop them.

We got ZERO help from AKC. No alerts sent out. No messages posted on their home page. They posted a couple of messages about what was happening in Tennessee — buried deep in their government relations
section. But they never even sent them to me so I could post them on the Tennessee Pet-Law list or send them to e-mail lists. They frequently posted inaccurate, out-of-date information in their Take Command newsletter, even though I was sending them updates. I wrote Sheila Goffe several times explaining the situation and asking for help. I felt like I was “handled.” The AKC basically continued on the same course.

Instead, they(the AKC) stayed in contact with the Tennessee Federation of Dog Clubs and encouraged them to compromise on the bill throughout the process. Most of the time they claimed to be Neutral. For a few weeks I convinced AKC to oppose the bill, but as soon as one or two amendments were made they went back to being Neutral.

NAIA wasn’t much help either. They also worked with the Federation and encouraged them to negotiate rather than fight the bill.

Those of us fighting the bills could have done more. We were learning as we went. I wish that we had been able to attend the committee meetings. We were only able to make a presentation at two committee hearings (and our presenter wasn’t treated very kindly at one of them). But Tennessee is a looong state and it’s hard to convince people to drive 6-7 hours to be there for a two-minute presentation. We couldn’t pull together any kind of demonstration to hold at the Capitol either.

It would have been better if we could have lobbied in person. We discovered that our e-mails and faxes were being deleted and thrown out. Only phone calls had any effect at all. Even then, a representative could assure you that he was opposed to the bill and then vote for it. We had staff completely lie to us. When a dozen people called the governor’s office and spoke to his assistant to tell them they were opposed to the bill, I called and spoke to the same woman. She told me they hadn’t received any calls about the bill.

We looked for assistance from dozens of outside groups that had similar interests but, though some were sympathetic, none were really willing to help.

I’m sure it didn’t help that Wayne Pacelle personally went to Nashville to lobby for the bill.

So, those are some of the reasons that we lost. I hope some of this is helpful for others. Again, these have been my impressions from working on the commercial breeder bill since December of last year, before it was fully written. Some people may disagree with me and take offense but this is the truth.

I wanted to add just one more thing about the situation with the Tennessee Federation of Dog Clubs. From what I understand Mr. Cole and a small group made a unilateral decision in late 2008 to work with HSUS to write the commercial breeder bill that was so harsh to breeders. This was all done before the bill was introduced into the legislature. It was done without the knowledge or consent of the other Federation member clubs.

AFTER the bill was written and introduced Mr. Cole took a vote at the Federation’s annual meeting in March to see if the Federation as a whole would support the bill.

There was one dissenting club (bless them) and a few clubs with delegates who were not present, but the Federation voted to support the bill. Later there were clubs within the Federation who voiced their opposition to the bill but they didn’t have the votes to turn the Federation around and make them oppose the bill in its entirety.

By that time the damage had been done and they could only respond to each amendment as it was written.

Permission to cross-post this message and my previous message on Why We Lost In Tennessee.

Carlotta Cooper

Dog Owners Unite: Help Ohio Farmers Beat HSUS at Its Own Game!

I’ve said it for a long time now: if we are going to win the war for our rights regarding our animals, it’s crucial that we all stick together and that includes farmers and dog people alike.

There is currently a war being waged on the very hands that feed us, yes, YOU! And your dogs. The target isn’t just dog breeders anymore, America’s farmers are being threatened by the radical animal rights group, the Humane Society of the United States.

Just as the HSUS knows NOTHING about animal husbandry issues relating to dog breeding, they know LESS about what it takes to care for and raise good healthy food for Americans. That’s why the farmers in Ohio have taken the bull by the horns and are proposing the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board whereby decisions concerning the care and raising of livestock would actually be made by those that KNOW and not by a multi-million dollar animal rights front group, the Humane Society of the United States.

HSUS has waged war on Ohio farmers and now the FARMERS are fighting back. THEY NEED OUR HELP! If you are a resident of Ohio, it is CRITICAL that you contact your state Representative AND your state Senator and tell them YOU SUPPORT Ohio’s farmers’ and the Ohio Farm Bureau and to please VOTE YES on SJR 6 and HJR 6. The vote is Wednesday, June 24!

 Dog owners and breeders, this is a call to ACTION. How many times have you lamented “What can I do?” “We have to stop HSUS!”….NOW is the chance to STOP the 900lb HSUS gorilla in Ohio. Even if you are not a resident, please take a moment and write or call the Ohio legislators and tell them that you support farming and that decisions regarding farming and farm animals belong with those that know best: REAL FARMERS, not the Humane Society of the United States.

Same Battle, Different Dirty Words: Farmers and Dog Breeders Share Common Enemy

Play along:  “Factory Farm” is to agriculture as …..(blank) is to dog breeders…”

The correct answer is:  “puppy mill”. 

The buzz word “factory farm” is intended to solicit the same emotional response from the public as the “P” word.  We all know that the Humane Society of the United States are masters when it comes to swaying public opinion, even if the “information” used to sway said public is full of unscientific facts based solely on emotion, or just outright lies.  Substitute baby pigs and cows for puppies in cages and *bingo*…another campaign against animal ownership and use is born.

The public at large is sorely disconnected from where -and how- their food is raised.  Proof of this fact is evident in the passage last November of California’s Proposition 2, a ballot initiative driven by and lobbied for by the HSUS.  Words like “gestation crates”, “factory farms”, “tax cheats” and images of chickens in cages were enough fodder to put California meat producers out of business by the year 2015.  If Californians want their meat and eggs imported from foreign countries such as Mexico, then you got it, Baby!  But when the citizens of California that live on fixed incomes can no longer afford to buy eggs or milk or meat, be sure to send good ol’ Wayne Pacelle and the HSUS a “Thank You” card.  When the California producers of eggs, milk and meat can no longer afford to stay in business and pay their share of taxes (which contributes to the state’s bottom line), be sure and send a “Thank You” card to Wayne and company.

The farmers of the United States are under attack just as dog breeders.  Once again the animal radical organization, the HSUS, is out to demoralize and criminalize the act of animal ownership and proven animal husbandry methods.  If Wayne and company want “cage free eggs” and “free range whatevers”, then that option is available to Mr Pacelle or any other person that can afford the higher prices.  Uh, wait a minute…Wayne is a vegan.  That means he doesn’t eat or use animals in any way.  Hmm.  I smell a minority agenda being forced on the American public and that stinks.

So why is the HSUS assaulting farmers and the agriculture community?  Because as Wayne Pacelle has stated, “”We’re against animal fighting and killing animals for fur…. We want Americans to eat fewer animals,” Wayne Pacelle, DVM News, Jan 1, 2008. 

And this:  “We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding. . One generation and out. We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding.” Wayne Pacelle, Senior VP of Humane Society of the US, formerly of Friends of Animals and Fund for Animals, Animal People, May, 1993.

The war for our rights as American citizens has been waged by the wealthiest animal radical (rights) organization in the world.  Will YOU stand up and help defeat the 900lb HSUS gorilla?  Or bow down and kiss the feet of the HSUS bully?  The HSUS plan of attack is this:  elimination via incrementalism.  Each bill that is introduced is intended to make it harder, if not impossible, for farmers to raise meat, or for dog breeders to continue producing puppies. 

Stand up, proud and tall, farmers.  You feed America.  I trust farmers and am greatful for the long hours put in on a daily basis to care for our meat supply.  The agriculture community and the dog community must join forces to fight and win this battle.  If we don’t, the HSUS will surely prevail.

Dog Breeders : Signs of the times

There is no doubt that America has changed in the past decade regarding animal husbandry issues.  (No) thanks to Animal Radical (AR) groups like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the words “dog breeder” is now another “4-letter word“.  It has become a sin to “buy from a breeder” rather than “adopt from a shelter“.  One is considered “mean, cruel and abusive” if a dog is made to live outside.  When did this happen?  Why have we allowed these Animal Radicals to dictate to us what is “bad”?  And yes, we DID allow this to happen every time a donation was made to the HSUS, PETA and their ilk.  We DID allow this change in public perception every time we remained silent when a fellow dog breeder was being raked across the coals for breeding their dogs and heaven forbid! For selling their puppies!

On a weekly basis, I read story after story of dog breeders living in fear and being harrassed.  For what, you ask?  Simply because they choose to breed their dogs, or they own “more” dogs than anyone could possibly “ever” care for.  According to whose judgement or to what standards?  Why is it automatically “assumed” that anyone who owns/breeds more than “insert number here” of dogs is “bad”/neglectful/abusive?  (I refuse to use the “P.M” word, tho that is what people are often called when one owns “more dogs”/”breeds more litters” than anyone “should”)  Dog owners and breeders are being forced to go into hiding in Los Angeles, Louisville, KY, and points in between due to overzealous animal control and do-gooder Animal Radical sympathizers.  Makes me almost wish we could return to a time when all we had to fear from the ‘net was stalkers…

I read on a daily basis where breeders have removed their addresses, phone numbers and other information that would identify them from their websites.  This is a double edged sword:  people are forced to do this in an effort to protect themselves, but it makes it even harder for potential puppy buyers.  Wonder where those puppy buyers end up going if they can’t find a breeder in their area? 

In today’s world with the power of the internet, information is a click away:  any information, including where you live, your phone number, aerial photos of YOUR house and property.  Information that is readily available to friends and foes alike.  Information that the Animal Radicals can easily access and use to find YOU and YOUR dogs.  It doesn’t matter that your house and dogs and property are immaculately kept.  It doesn’t matter if all of your ducks are in a row with paperwork about your dogs and breeding program.  All it takes is one whacked out Animal Radical that doesn’t like the fact that your “poor doggies” are “forced” to breed, or are kept in a crate, or that they like to play in mud and you haven’t had a chance to give them a bath yet. 

Are we, as a society, truly THAT weak that we have allowed groups such as the HSUS dictate to us what is right or wrong?  Remember folks:  this is still the United States of America, where the great Constitution and the Bill of Rights guarantee us the RIGHT TO OWN PROPERTY.  Too many people have forgotten that fact and are willing to throw away the RIGHTS that many, many soldiers have fought and died for.  And for what?  Someone “else’s” ideas of how many dogs I can own or breed or sell? 

The times have changed, and as long as we allow the Animal Radical groups such as the HSUS to dictate to us how we should/should not breed/own, etc, our dogs, it will only get worse.  I, for one, am not willing to let that happen, and neither are the residents of the great states of Oklahoma, Colorado, Florida, Arkansas, and many other states that have stood up and made their voices heard loud and clear when legislation was introduced this year by saying, “NO! NO! NO! You will NOT tell me how many dogs I can own or sell or breed.  You will NOT force me to spay/neuter my dogs!”

We can change the tide:  just stand up and say, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!”

HSUS: Criticism Equals Exploiters

In Wayne P’s latest blog post, The HSuS Strategy for Success, Wayne once again tap-dances around the truth regarding all those millions in donations.  Why not just come right out and admit that the HSUS is nothing more than a animal radical lobbying group hell-bent on turning Americans into vegans?  Why not admit that the HSUS is NOT an umbrella group for animal shelters across the United States?  Why not admit that the HSUS has NO policing/government authority?

Because the donations would dry up, that’s why.  So, in order to maintain hefty bank accounts and use that money to lobby away our constitutional rights, they choose instead to feed off of the very confusion their name invokes.  That’s NOT honest any way you slice it. 

Wayne further whines in his blog about those of us that dare to criticize HSUS, calling such critics sympathizers/supporters/fronts for “dog fighters”, “puppymills”, “factory farms”, the “meat industry”, ad nauseum.  Well, I AM a critic of you, Mr Pacelle, and the vegan front group you lead, so if that makes me part of a “front group” I suppose I am.  Yes, indeed.  I am part of the “front group” for Americans that REFUSE to allow you and your minority ideals of veganism to strip us of our constitutional rights. (and if you want to call us by a name, then I guess you can call us “Freedom Fighters”)

Does that mean I favor dog fighting, animal abuse or cruelty?  Absolutely not.  But it will be a cold day in hell before I stand with the likes of you and your ilk, Mr Pacelle, because unlike you and your lobbying organization, I believe in due process of law, the constitution of the United States, the right to hunt, fish, trap, wear fur, go to circuses and rodeos, and to breed and own pets of my choosing.

Call us exploiters all you like, but perhaps you should take a good long look in the mirror before you do.  After all, playing on the emotions of the animal loving public to fund a hidden vegan agenda is expoitation.  And just a little fraudulent.  Lobbying for legislation that allows for warrantless inspections/searches of private property, or for legislation that calls for the taking of one’s personal property (i.e, animals) without due process or compensation shows us just what little regard you have for our constitution, or for HUMAN rights.

Keep on bloggin’, Mr P, because every time you do your true colors come through loud and clear.

Another Animal Lover Has Seen The Light (Kleenex Moment)

The airing of the WSB-Atlanta video along with the blogging efforts of AR-HR.com, PetDefense , yours truly and the Center for Consumer Freedom website have helped to awaken more animal lovers’ eyes! 

Since the truth has come to light about where the HSUS donations REALLY go, I have received emails thanking me for helping to spread the truth . But this one made me get all teary-eyed and feel all warm and fuzzy:

“Wow! I honestly thought the humane society of the United States was a real agency for the government or something.  I have supported them for the last five years with what money I could, but now that I know my donation won’t be helping animals in shelters they will never see another dime of my money.”

See, guys..persistence does pay off. 

Now, where is my tissue…

Just Bad Luck or Something Devious?

Welcome to my nightmare. 

The problems with my blog and, in particular, the link to the “HSUS 900lb Gorilla” post, began hours after I published it to the web.  Users reported error messages when trying to access the post, or in some cases the window would just close on its own.

I’m not that technical of a person when it comes to “compromising” or “hijacking” a website /blog/whatever.  And it may just be a case of bad luck.  However, this afternoon my computer “fell ill” under mysterious reasons causing me to lose EVERYTHING on my hard drive: pictures of dogs no longer with me, thousands of documents, email addresses…gone.  Vanished.

I am having this looked into for whatever it will be worth.  In the meantime, I am using a backup computer to ensure the TRUTH is kept alive.  All of this may just be bad luck, but it could also be a case of trying to shut me up.

For those that know me personally, you know that ain’t gonna happen!  It takes more than being “watched” by the animal radicals (AR); it takes more than “intimidating” messages…not even a total computer crash will stop me from exposing the animal radicals (AR) and their agenda.

Keep the TRUTH alive.  Forward and forward AGAIN the links to the video HSUS does NOT want in the public eye.  We are making HUGE headway into exposing the masters of deception.  The WSB Atlanta station gave us a huge helping hand…don’t drop the ball.