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Although I haven’t been writing much for a while due to launching a business (no, not in the animal industry) I’m still out here.  I wanted to offer this true and very personal story, prompted by my own experiences and commentary generated by “The Tipping Point”, written by Susi Szeremy   Tears fall as I […]

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Its been a long road since the Indiana Attorney General’s office seized 240 dogs from Breezy Valley Dairy farm by leveraging a jeopardy tax assessment against the Garwood family.  The judgement is in and as damning to the office of the AG as we’ve been saying all along. Result? Judgement in favor of the Garwoods, […]

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I wanted to take this opportunity to say farewell to Sheila Leonard of Indiana; dedicated AKC Australian Shepherd breeder, animal ownership rights activist and friend.  Sheila passed away last week from pancreatic cancer. Sheila was a rare member of the AKC breeding community.  She truly recognized the scope of animal ownership related legislation sweeping through […]

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A short update tonight … I’ve noticed a pattern over time with the HSUS press releases and CEO Wayne Pacelle’s blog, “Humane Nation”.  The pattern?  With noticeable frequency, issues used to attack their opponents are issues which are reflected within the HSUS itself.  Some examples? In “Humane Nation”, HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle attacks CCF founder […]

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It appears that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is not above learning from those it has targeted. On April 27, 2010 the HSUS filed a ‘color of Law’ suit against Ohio Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner, in conjunction with Michigan lawyer Beatrice M Friedlander.  The basis for the  alleging Ms. Friedlander’s rights […]

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Do you raise and sell animals or their products on a commercial scale? (Family farmers, raise your hands) Do you raise and sell animals or their products on a hobby level?  (Hobby farmers, backyard chicken keepers, show dog breeders; raise your hands) Do you host animal competitions on your property? (Hosts of dog shows, cat […]

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Well, it looks like the chickens (or would those be elephants) are coming home to roost.  Feld Entertainment, the parent company for Ringling Brothers, has launched a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) suit against the following organizations and individuals: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Humane Society of the United […]

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Two bills came through my email this week that have left me just this side of speechless.  These would be Arizona HB2375 (Possessing Dangerous Wildlife Prohibited) and Maryland SB505 (Pet Stores – Sale of Dogs Less than 9 Months of Age Prohibited).  Let’s review the fun points. Arizona HB2375, Possessing Dangerous Wildlife Prohibited The title […]

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With the myriad directions of attack on commercial animal use, I thought I’d dust off the 2006 Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA)and take a closer look at it. After looking at the AETA, I’m going to break this down into a series of 3 articles: The 2006 AETA: What is it?  How and where does […]

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Citizens of Indiana be grateful!  Representatives Lawson and Barnes have decided to be ‘reasonable’.  They have decided to respect the Governor’s mandate to “not make this recession worse by adding one cent to the tax burden of our fellow citizens”, by removing the $25 tax from HB1258. Evidently the rights of families working in the […]

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Near the end of 2009, the Sportsmen’s and Animal Owners’ Voting Alliance (SAOVA) started leading a campaign calling for the IRS to investigate the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) over potential violations of the terms of HSUS’ 501c(3) tax exempt status. (informally referred to as the campaign to Spay/Neuter the HSUS) The first […]

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Save the Dogs, Screw the Children!  That appears to be the theme of Indiana House Bill 1258, introduced by Indiana Reps. Lawson  and Barnes on January 12, 2010.  Just examine this section of HB1258, tacked into the bottom of the synopsis. “Makes promoting an animal fighting contest a predicate offense under the racketeering statute. Makes […]

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AR-HR has been quiet for a few months now but not for the reasons you might think. Have the poorly constructed animal ownership legislation campaigns ceased or even slowed?  Not a bit. Has the Humane Society of the United States been more open in the truth of its fundraising campaigns or use of funds?  Nope, not […]

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Regardless of whether we agree on animal care and legislation perspectives, I think we can all agree to say goodbye and good riddance to 2009.  I have been taking some time for reflection & to look at what I would write about to end 2009 and launch 2010.  I would like to use this space to say […]

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