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 pet industry are not considered worthy of the same respect. Consider the following amended sections of the proposed bill
(a) A retail pet store shall, before accepting an offer to purchase a dog or cat or upon request, provide the person making the offer or request with the following information in writing:
…(3) A list, and accompanying proof, of all inoculations that have been given to the dog or cat by any person, the date of the inoculations, and the name and title of the individual who administered the inoculations.
(4) A list of all medical treatment provided to the dog or cat by any person, the date of treatment, the reason for the treatment, and the name and title of the individual who provided the treatment.
(5) The name and business address of the breeder and of the facility where the dog or cat was born.
(6) The name and business address of the animal broker or transporter, if applicable.
(7) If the breeder or broker holds a license issued by the United States Department of Agriculture, the breeder’s or broker’s federal license number.
(b) A retail pet store shall conspicuously post on the cage of a dog or cat being offered for sale, the following information:
…(3) The name of the breeder and of the facility where the dog or cat was born.
(4) The name of the animal broker or transporter, if applicable.
(5) If the breeder or broker holds a license issued by the United States Department of Agriculture, the breeder’s or broker’s federal license number.
As a former Police Captain, especially one with background in sex crimes and domestic violence, surely Rep. Lawson is familiar with such things as stalking, harassment and privacy. Likewise, in times that have necessitates the creation of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), it boggles the mind to mandate the posting of names and business addresses when these same addresses are typically the family home address as well.
Consider the level of hostility & violence that can be exhibited by animal rights extremists:
- Anonymous threats on Indiana’s WRTV against an Indiana dog breeder accused of being a ‘puppy mill’: “Seize the property and sell it, place all the those poor dogs in foster care and then call me….I’ll shoot those worthless white trash slu-s all over the bodies until the cry for mercy then pop pop..one shot in the temple.” (original link here)
- Firebombing of vehicles at the homes of the families of scientific researchers (original link here)
- The “Militant Direct Action Awards” of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) lauding Animal Rights Extremist actions around the world, up to and including bombings and arson (original link here)
- The tragic event yesterday (January 28) of the young man in Portland Oregan who doused himself in gasoline, lit himself on fire and attempted to enter a fur store only to die from his burns and treated with a nudge and a wink by the Portland Anti-Fur Campaign (News report here)
Consider that John Goodwin, the HSUS Manager of Animal Fighting Issues is a self professed former member of the ALF, brought into the HSUS by Wayne Pacelle knowing his history. (John Goodwin now and then)
Consider that Rep Lawson previously swore to serve and protect the people of Indiana in her role as an officer of the law.
Consider that both Rep. Lawson and Rep. Barnes have sworn to serve the people of Indiana.
Consider that they both have signed on to a bill that says to those in the pet industry:
- We don’t value your businesses or the jobs they create.
- We don’t care about your safety, the safety of your workplace or the safety of your families.
- But in the ‘spirit of negotiation’ we’ll let you keep your $25
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