from Sportsmen’s and Animal Owners’ Voting Alliance ~concerning North Carolina
Governor McCrory and HSUS Declare Was on NC Shelters and Dog Owners
GOVERNOR PLANS TO PUSH BREEDER BILL AND LEGISLATION PACKAGE
At a recent fundraiser in Charlotte, Governor Pat McCrory accepted an HSUS award on behalf of his wife. McCrory proceeded to outline his plan for this short session – introduce a puppy mill bill; ban gas chambers; move the Animal Welfare Section from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Public Safety.
|“A transfer of animal welfare enforcement from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) would help state officials work with local police to deal with puppy mills, a priority of first lady Ann McCrory.”|
McCrory told his Charlotte audience, “I need you to bombard (legislators). … If we get it to a vote, there’s no way they can vote no.”
IT IS URGENT THAT YOU CALL OR EMAIL TO OPPOSE THIS HSUS/McCRORY PLAN.
General Statutes Article 3 Animal Welfare Act, § 19A-22 expressly creates the Animal Welfare Section within Animal Health Division of Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS). Through this the Commissioner of Agriculture and the Board of Agriculture have the power and responsibility to establish standards for the care of animals at animal shelters, boarding kennels, pet shops, and public auctions; adopt all rules and regulations to ensure welfare and treatment; issue licenses to operators; inspect premises; certify euthanasia technicians; establish minimum holding periods for shelter animals; and assess penalties and fines for non compliance. Administration of the state Spay/Neuter Account and funds would also be transferred.
Without a budget, NCDA&CS cannot fulfill these duties. Without a change to the General Statutes, the DPS cannot take over these tasks. This transfer requires changing our General Statutes in order to convey authority from one department to another department. Once DPS has full regulatory authority, they can submit legislation to modify the Animal Welfare Act, existing fees and standards at public shelters, pet shops, rescue, and boarding kennels, as well as decide how breeders will be regulated. We will no longer be dealing with a department that understands animal husbandry at any level, but one that is solely entrenched in law enforcement.
Call Governor McCrory’s office Phone: (919) 814-2000; Fax: (919) 733-2120
SEND AN EMAIL TO THE GOVERNOR AND COMMISSIONER TROXLER OPPOSING THIS PLAN
ADDITIONAL TALKING POINTS
The existing commercial breeder bill, HB 930, would restrict the rights of responsible dog breeders, place an unfunded mandate on financially burdened counties and be very difficult to enforce. Defeating HB 930 will ensure that North Carolinians can continue to raise animals in a humane manner, per existing law, without causing undue economic hardship on animal owners or taxpayers.
Many local law enforcement departments are already understaffed and underfunded. Their time is too valuable to be to be spent as HSUS foot soldiers.
The Department of Public Safety focuses on law enforcement issues, such as the supervision of offenders in prison, juvenile detention centers, community supervision programs, drinking and driving, underage access to alcohol and tobacco, crime prevention, and preparation for natural disasters. It is an outrage to expect staff in this department to become animal husbandry experts and inspectors.
This is a thinly veiled attempt by HSUS to gain a foothold against dog breeders in our state after their previously introduced legislation was defeated. There is only one agenda from HSUS – they do not have a separate, intrusive agenda for setting standards for livestock and poultry and then a common sense plan for imposing standards on dog breeders. It is one agenda, to limit our ability to own and raise animals of our choosing by enacting unnecessary and often expensive regulations.
The HSUS animal rights agenda has no place in North Carolina law or at the Governor’s mansion.
Moving Animal Welfare to the Department of Public Safety is an attempt to start rewriting laws regarding animal welfare in accordance with the animal rights agenda.
ADDITIONAL FILES AND INFORMATION
HSUS Settles in RICO Case; Avoids Charges of Racketeering
A settlement between all parties in the RICO case against HSUS and other animal rights groups means that we may never know if “Racketeering” could be added to the list of offenses HSUS has committed in the name of its causes. HSUS and several co-defendants, who were involved in legal cases against Feld Entertainment Inc.’s Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for 14 years over the care of its elephants, paid a settlement of $15.75 million to them today. This comes from a separate lawsuit filed by Feld after it was discovered that a key witness in the original trial who had been a handler for the circus had been paid off to provide false testimony.
With the earlier settlement by ASPCA, this brings the total settlement paid to Feld to approximately $25 million. ASPCA Pays $9.3 Million in Landmark Settlement
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Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion ad the opinions of others…Stay tuned -B