Saturday, July 10, 2010

North Carolina HSUS dog bill shelved

North Carolina HSUS dog bill shelved
July 7, 2010 by Julie Harker Brownfield Ag News

A bill backed by the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) aimed at regulating dog breeders in North Carolina has been shelved as that state’s legislative session winds down. One of the groups fighting the measure is the Sportsmen’s and Animal Owner’s Voting Alliance. President Susan Wolf says the bill, which passed the North Carolina Senate by one vote last year, was “reactive legislation” to a large substandard kennel taken over by animal control officials. Wolf says the HSUS proposal would regulate dog owners with 15 or more dogs,

“For somebody that has one pet dog, it may sound like a lot of dogs, but anyone that has any husbandry knowledge or raising dogs or has a pack of hunting dogs knows that’s not a lot of dogs.”

Wolf says there’s no doubt that it’s part of an HSUS campaign against North Carolina agriculture, “They are working the restaurants, trying to get them to buy cage-free eggs. They have started to work the Farm Tours with their propaganda to drive a wedge between the ag community.

Wolf says they all must work together to fight HSUS, “If we don’t all learn the agenda and work together, we’re going to be buried under legislation.

While the bill got hung up in committee at the tail end of the North Carolina legislative session, which likely ends this Friday, Wolf says the fight isn’t over because the HSUS-backed bill WILL be back next year.

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