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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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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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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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To: Ms. Schnieder (gschneider@courier-journal.com)   and the Editors of the Courier-Journal (cjletter@courier-journal.com) I read your November 30 article on the Courier Journal regarding the suit filed by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller against Virginia & Kristin Garwood.    I have been following and writing about this case since it was brought to my attention in June that […]

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A critical legal decision for pet owners was filed on October 2nd last week by Federal Court regarding controversial Louisville, KY animal care and control ordinances brought into practise within the past couple of years.  This court case was filed and fought by the Louisville Kennel Club against the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government, on behalf […]

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HSUS Buys Dogs Under ‘Do Not Disperse’ Order from Indiana AG’s Office

  It has come to light how the Humane Society of the United States gained possession of the dogs from the Indiana jeopardy tax assessment raid.  On June 3, 2009, the HSUS purchased all 241 of dogs seized from the Garwood’s farm in Indiana for the grand total of $300 as shown in page 1 […]

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In a brief update, it appears AR-HR.com is not the only organization asking about due process in regards to the Garwood raid.  The Garwood tax-related case, which resulted in the seizure of 241 dogs, went before Judge H. Lloyd Whitis in Harrison County, Indiana on Wednesday July 22, 2009. The Attorney General’s office is arguing that the […]

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If you read this site regularly, you know that I normally write from the head about facts, consequences and ask alot of questions.  There are exceptions though when I write more from the heart.  Usually these are inspired by a recent event, like the inter-state dog fight raids this week, in combination with viewing or […]

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In the AR-HR.com article published on June 11, 2009, “Why is Indiana Attorney General Zoeller Ignoring Citizen Inquiries into Handling of Tax Evasion Case“, a number of questions were posed regarding the conduct of the AG’s office were raised: Why has property seized by the state of Indiana been handed over to an organization predominantly involved in […]

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