postheadericon A Bit of Politics-Dog Legislation

 I know that we are a bit past the election, but I am more than a bit behind in blogging.  By the time I take care of everything that Al and I used to both take care of, I fall very behind.  Except for the state of Missouri, we were pretty lucky in electing those officials with favorable views on purebred dogs.  In Ohio the big, beefed up “puppy mill bill” never got to the floor for a vote.  Thought you would be interested in reading the following from the Sportsmen’s and Animal Owners Voting Alliance.


A SAOVA message to sportsmen, pet owners and farmers concerned  about protecting their traditions, avocations and livelihoods from anti-hunting, anti-breeding, animal guardianship advocates. Forwarding and cross posting, with attribution, encouraged.

SAOVAS 2010 Election Wrap Up

Dear SAOVA Friends,

It’s clear from November 2 exit polls that voters had many issues on their
minds besides animal rights and the current economy headed that list of
election concerns by a large margin. Against that background, sportsmen and
animal owners should be encouraged by the number of victories we scored.

In head-to-head races between candidates SAOVA endorsed and those supported
by the HSUS and its allies, our candidates won 16 out of 26 contests, or
better than 62%.

Some of the SAOVA endorsees who defeated HSUS endorsees include:

John Kasich (OH)

Dan Lungren (CA)

Cory Gardner (CO)

Tim Wahlberg (MI)

Mick Mulvaney (SC)

Roy Blunt (MO)

Pat Toomey (PA)

SAOVA highlights of the election include defeat of John Hall (D-NY), Carol
Shea-Porter (D-NH), and Joe Sestak (D-PA) all of whom received perfect
scores of 100 from Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF), the legislative
arm of HSUS.

Also defeated were the following legislators designated as "Leaders" by
HSUS: Russ Feingold (D-WI); Phil Hare (D-IL); Ron Klein (D-FL); Frank
Kratovil (D-MD); Kendrick Meek (D-FL); James Oberstar (D-MN); John Spratt
(D-SC); and Dina Titus (D-NV).

For over a decade the HSUS and other anti-animal use groups have introduced
federal legislation to amend the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) expanding the
scope of USDA/APHIS inspection and regulation authority to cover retail,
in-home breeders.  HR 5434/S 3424 Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act
(PUPS) is the 111th Congress edition, and an updated PUPS is sure to be on
the animal rights zealots priority list for the 112th Congress.

Voters sent home the following 14 PUPS cosponsors:

Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH)

Joe Sestak (D-PA)

Carol Shea-Porter (D-RI)

Ron Klein (D-FL)

Michael Castle (R-DE)

Patrick Murphy (D-PA)

Paul Hodes (D-NH)

Steve Kagen (D-WI)

Deborah Halvorson (D-IL)

Betsy Markey (D-CO)

Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D-SD)

Parker Griffith (R-AL)

John Hall (D-NY)

Baron Hill (D-IN)

We are in the process of completing a full list of defeated animal rightist
voters on the SAOVA website:

Sportsmen and animal owners won three of five ballot fights.  In Arkansas
the Hunting and Fishing Rights Amendment passed with 83 percent of the vote.
The Right to Hunt and Fish amendment passed in Tennessee with 87 percent of
the vote, and in South Carolina with 89 percent. 

Missouri animal owners lost the battle to defeat Proposition B which would
set new standards and ownership limits on the existing state regulated dog
breeding industry.  Prop B passed with just 51.6% of the votes with HSUS and
their anti-dog breeder allies spending $4.3 million dollars on support

The new Republican majority in the House may afford a more difficult
atmosphere for HSUS and their animal rights inspired legislation.  The
incoming Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH), is no stranger to HSUS
and their tactics.  During Ohio’s raging battle on the HSUS 2010 ballot
initiative, Boehner stated, "HSUS is a special interest group that has been
waging war on our agriculture community in recent years in an effort to
impose its extreme animal rights agenda."

However, new House members may be uneducated on such issues. The new
"freshman" legislators, regardless of party, need to hear from us.  They
need to know that our rights with respect to animals and hunting are
important to us, and that we are the authority on animal welfare. HSUS along
with their radical agenda must be exposed.

The animal rightists will continue to move forward always finding new
methods to promote their ideology. They will be increasingly active at the
state and local level, and we will need more and better-organized
opposition. Equally important, SAOVA needs your financial support.

The world not only belongs to those who show up, it’s controlled by the best
informed, most motivated and sufficiently resourced.

Cross posting is encouraged.

Susan Wolf
Sportsmen’s and Animal Owners’ Voting Alliance –

Issue lobbying and working to identify and elect supportive legislators

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