The Monthly National Legislation Report

Article: A Thousand Snakes in the Grass

Article:  Pet Underpopulation:  The Pet Shortage in the US


What is Pet Legislation and why is it so important?


Pet law or animal legislation is a critical area in the fight to defend our rights to own pets.  There are many Animal Rights groups such as the Humane Society of the United States (H$U$), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and others, who are systematically working to eliminate all uses of animals and the existence of all domestic animals, whether it be for animal farming, eating animals, life-saving medical research, hunting and even as pets.  This is the Animal Rights movement -- they are collecting monies supposedly for animal welfare and using those monies to lobby for laws that make it harder to use animals, breed animals and own them as pets and that will eventually make domestic animals illegal.  They are taking away our Constitutional rights to own property.


What can you do to protect your rights to own dogs and any other animals?

First, NEVER GIVE MONEY TO ANY OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS!  Donations to animal rights organizations do NOT fund any shelters, feed any starving animals, rescue any animals or promote good animal husbandry.  All those donations go to lobbying and passing laws to eradicate domestic animals. 


Second, WE are the grassroots and must defend our rights.  This means that you must meet your lawmakers, get involved in local politics, become known as the expert in animal welfare to whom lawmakers can turn for legitimate, rational solutions to problems concerning domestic animals and input on responsible animal laws. You have to become active and monitor laws which are being introduced in your community/state/nation.  Become connected to the legislative information pipeline and watch for legislative alerts so you can write letters and make calls opposing anti-animal legislation.  Find out who the political powers are in your community and state and make the effort to connect with them in a positive manner to present the reality behind the mask of animal rights efforts.


Lastly, be aware of what is happening across the country because anti-animal legislation is rampant and if it has not been introduced in your backyard, I can guarantee it will in the near future.  BE PROACTIVE!


For further information go to: 

National Animal Interest Alliance

NAIA Trust

America Kennel Club - Canine Legislation

U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance

Humane Watch

My Dog Votes, Does Yours? 

 by Linda Hartheimer


You’re kidding right?  No, I am darn serious and barking mad.  Why, we all love our dogs, offer them the best in vet care, and probably spend more money than we would admit on all the niceties like gourmet treats, designer beds, and the coolest toys.  So what is the problem? 


Anti-canine legislation is rampant across our great nation and believe it or not, there are groups out there lobbying to legislators at all levels of government to limit or even take away our rights to own dogs.  There are many acronyms and catch phrases floating around such as MS/N (mandatory spay/neuter), BSL (breed specific legislation), guardianship, pet-overpopulation (which is a myth by the way and the topic for a future column) and anti-tethering that are all used by certain groups under the guise of ending pet overpopulation or protecting the public, to convince legislators to pass laws that would discriminate against responsible dog owners and breeders.  These groups put out seemingly convincing arguments that pander to emotion rather than reason, and claim to be “experts” in the field of animal care.  But is it right for these groups to legislate private decisions that say, should be made between you and your vet such as whether to spay/neuter your dog or tell you what kind of dog you can own?  Some of the laws that are being passed or proposed, give officials search and seizure powers that would normally be illegal under the US Constitution.


The American Kennel Club's Government Relations Department monitors and provides input on legislation affecting responsible dog ownership at all levels of government.  Alerts are posted on the AKC website, .  These critical alerts explain the proposed bill and provide talking points and contact information to write to the legislators involved so you can voice your opinion.  The AKC also has position statements on various issues that effect purebred dogs and their owners.


The NAIA Trust, , is a nonprofit 501 (c) 4 organization established under the Internal Revenue Code to promote responsible animal care and ownership and reasonable laws, policies and regulations to protect animals and the people who care for them.


As dog owners, we need to stand up for our rights and become familiar with the laws in our communities and what position the elected officials have taken on canine legislation.  Meet your politicians, introduce yourself as a responsible dog owner and fight for your (and your dog’s) rights.






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