From: Bob Kane
To: Bob Kane
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 5:53 AM
Subject: Fighting the Anti's - Important Update
Dear AKC Dog Owners,
Three years ago, the Sportsmen's and Animal Owners'
Voting Alliance (SAOVA) distributed the attached national review
of antihunter and anti-animal breeder efforts to attack our sport
and past-time. This 2006 update isn't as thorough or detailed as
that earlier "Glass Half-Full" message, simply because
it's important to bring a deteriorating situation to everyone's
attention without waiting until the last votes are counted in every
state legislature. The antis have achieved two milestone victories
on each Coast and appear on the verge of a third in Sacramento.
Most anti-breeder inspired state laws and local
ordinances take the form of confiscatory licensing fees for intact
animals, breeder licensing or outright breeding bans. License tag
costs for breedable dogs have been increased astronomically in some
areas, with spay-neuter (altered) fees a fraction of that amount.
Albuquerque, NM instituted a $150 intact fee and microchip requirement
on May 22, 2006. Such economic penalty measures are universally
unpopular and difficult to enforce, as are private breeder restrictions.
Los Angeles County has passed an ordinance that requires
all dogs to be sterilized and microchipped, effective June 3, 2006.
It applies only to those dogs kept in unincorporated areas, but
cities such as Los Angeles are being urged to enact similar requirements.
Should the cities follow suit, 10 million people
will be soon be so regulated, more than the population in *forty-four*
states. Dogs may be exempt from this requirement if they are registered
with an approved registry and are either titled, entered in an approved
competition annually, or owned by an individual belonging to a dog
club with *enforced breeding restrictions*.
Animal rightists are currently fighting to further
tighten these exemptions' details. Required intact licenses for
breedable dogs cost $60 per year; altered ones cost $20. Litters
must be reported to the county, as must every puppy buyer's identity.
Additional requirements and penalties of this sterilize
and track program may be found at http://animal control.co.la.ca.us/html/Main1.htm
LA County says it's hiring additional animal control officers to
go door to door to enforce this anti-breeder ordinance. A fringe
group of AKC fanciers supported this rule, which passed without
a dissenting vote.
The scope of these mandatory sterilization, ultra
high cost licensing, breeder permitting, breed-specific, ownership
limits, required microchipping and similar rules is hampered by
a major data void - without more complete information, such rules
are usually enforced very selectively and unevenly just a few unlucky
Virginia's HB339 fills that regulatory data void
on dogs and their owners. HB339, the nation's first statewide dog
owner database (Postmortem attachment above), requires every Virginia
veterinarian to supply local governments with detailed dog and dog
owner information on every canine given a rabies vaccination. That
information is to be used for direct license invoicing and *MUST*
be made publicly available. HB339's higher intact fees and a mandated
sterilized differential were stripped from the bill before passage,
but the Virginia Animal Control Association (VACA) vows to obtain
these provisions next year. What's important to residents in other
states is that VACA's principals are officers and directors in the
National Animal Control Organization http://www.nacanet.org/ They
are vigorous and vocal advocates of this Vet required animal owner
data reporting program. Be forewarned. Your privacy and dogs are
at extreme risk. AKC's recognized Virginia Federation of Dog Clubs
and Breeders supported this bill.
The pending measure which SAOVA considers devastating
is the anti-hunters' California Assembly Bill AB2110. AB2110 makes
all performance hound events using rabbits, hare or fox a criminal
offense. This represents an enormous precedent that threatens all
dog hunting. Open field coursing, the initial focus of this bill,
is one of the oldest forms of sport. It's currently legal in California,
requiring a hunting license. Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) CEO
Wayne Pacelle is personally lobbying for this bill, as he did the
2003 CA anti-hunting bills. AB2110 has already passed its germane
Assembly law committee. It's House vote on implementation costs
is currently scheduled for the Appropriations Committee on *May
24, 2006*. Please contact that committee and urge them to reject
For more information on AB2110, sight hounds and coursing see
http://SacBee2110.notlong.com and http://www.caninechronicle.com/Features/nelson_06/nelson_506.html
There's a related, separate piece included on how to deal with hostile
press that's well worth studying and saving.
These three horrific measures and scores of others
across the country http://HSUSstateleg.notlong.com illustrate that
animal rightists have gained considerable ground in the last three
years. What's most disturbing in this regard is the degree to which
AKC corporate and its related state groups and splinter factions
are aiding and abetting in the loss of animal owners' and sportsmen's
rights. AKC's role in AB2110 has been totally indefensible. AKC's
2005-2006 collaboration with HSUS and DDAL on Rick Santorum's S1139
(PAWS) bill at the federal level appears to have triggered a new
degree of cooperation between certain misguided dog owners and the
Please carefully examine your own priorities and
recent events to determine whether your clubs are supporting or
damaging your interests.
Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance -
Working to identify and elect supportive legislators
New Information as of
Assembly Bill 2110 (or as a PDF) died a quiet death
today in the California
Assembly's Committee on Appropriations. A postmortem here will follow
shortly, but it is safe to say that the incredible show of opposition
from so many diverse quarters put this bad legislation to rest.