Animal Rights Legislation
>> A Lesson In Foxhunting
Animal Rights Activists have defeated us, subverting
Rights and Freedom Of Choice. Animal "Rights" groups have vowed to destroy hobby breeders but
the atrocities committed by commercial breeders! Explore this section
and learn why. Also how such
groups lobby for laws that
raise your taxes!
by Linda Witouski, AKC judge, Delegate, Legislative Liaison
We would think that we would learn from history, but most
unfortunately, history doesn't seem to be a popular subject among the dog fancy.
From the above article - written in 2002:
know dog owners are probably finding all of this Legislative hoopla hard to
believe, and some of you probably think that the AKC should be fighting this
battle for you, but it is impossible for them to be on top of every state. If
you think that legislation denying you your right to breed, own or show dogs
doesn't have a chance in the U.S., think of the Scots and their beloved
Foxhunting. How long have the people in Scotland and neighboring countries been
foxhunting? It is now banned in Scotland and barely on life support in all other
areas. Why, you ask - what happened... how could the politicians do that?
The animal rightists continually pushed and forced the debate
until their thoughts and beliefs were THE political issue....and the Foxhound
Fanciers were not ready for it. They were not prepared! They thought the AR's
would just give up and go away. They laughed about it ... they thought that
somebody else was taking care of the problem ... didn't think it was
important....so, they gathered their dogs, jumped on their horses and went -
foxhunting.....!! Why, who would ever even imagine that the foxhound sport that
has been around since dirt could be attacked by a bunch of 'fanatics' who would
win? But, win they did!
At the end of the day’s hunt on the day of the ban, when the
Foxhunters returned, they were arrested, dogs were confiscated. and all of
Scotland was quiet.
Anybody want to take bets on how long it will be before the first ban of a
dog/cat show takes place and people begin to lose their own dogs ? No bets? How
about betting on how long it takes before the U.S. is overrun with anti-dog,
anti-cat, anti-animal legislation? Everybody needs to sit up and pay attention!
The animal rights movement is coming and when it does, it will come hard and
The dog showing fancy have always thought of themselves as better than the
average dog, and though they may well be for a variety of reasons - commercial
facilities have a right to exist too. “Puppy mill and commercial breeders have
been fighting anti-animal legislation for many years and it's time the
showing/owning fancy get with the program before it's too late. People need to
set aside their feelings about others and concentrate on saving their rights -
our rights - working together. Those that make disrespectful comments about
others, who joke and laugh about legislative issues and point fingers at the
"puppy mills" should take heed of the lesson to be learned in Foxhunting. I
would be willing to bet that very few bother to check legislative issues in
their town or state. I assure you, this agenda against our rights will move from
state to state, for those who would see us dogless will be relentless in their
quest. What will you do when it comes to your town? What would you give to be
able to regain the freedom of choice you will have lost?
Fast forward to 2008
I wrote the above in 2002, and it's alarming that many still don't find it
important enough to assist in politics and legislative issues. Make no mistake -
we are surrounded. The Animal Right Movement is even worse now than in 2002. If
you take note of the legislation being passed around the country, outlaying and
coastal states are being coerced into stricter laws. California, Texas, New
Mexico, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin are currently being
besieged with bad legislation and notably, they create a net that surrounds the
remainder of the U.S. Results there cause an "inward" push into the traditional
heartland of our country. Once outlying coastal states are acquired, they will
continue to push inland until there is no where to run.
Those that have been working legislation for many years have become very good at
combating poor legislation, but, just like the Spartans at Thermopylae, the
opposition is in the millions and sooner or later our phalanx will fail. It
should be the opposite since we are the ones that care about animals, the dogs,
and the sport.
People don't realize that the Animal Rights movement has nothing to do with the
welfare of the animals - genuine animal welfare is being sacrificed for a
political victory over animal owners. As the Foxhunting lesson taught us - a
movement's means create its ends... so, the next time you think none of this
will affect you or your dog, or that "it'll never pass" - think about Foxhunting
- and if you still decide to "do nothing", know that you will have become a part
of that movement meant to create its ends.
Every club, organization and dog owner needs to rise up and take their place in
the phalanx. We need to be visiting schools and promoting our political position
rather than allowing Animal Rights public education programs to infiltrate
school systems. We need to encourage young people who have a love for animals to
join us by taking them under our wing. We need to offer assistance to those who
have been injured by some dog in Small Town, USA. We need public service
announcements to advertise both local dog clubs and responsible ownership,
offering free "responsible ownership" classes to parents and children.
Most importantly, we need to know our politicians by creating voting alliances
in every state and let those in politics know that we are watching them. We need
to make our presence known, and what we stand for by introducing ourselves to
local governments, even if it means assisting with some other issue that is non
animal related - something that is near and dear to a politician that you helped
them with will go far when you need it. (It wouldn't hurt to run for a political
There are a million other ideas that clubs, officers, members and owners can
come up with if they would only take the time to sit down, discuss, and then DO
it....before it's too late!
That is, unless, of course, you are all out .... Foxhunting.