Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Called the "Commercial Breeder Act", SB258/HB386 seeks to label breeders who "possesses or maintains at least 20 female dogs in order to sell their offspring as companion animals" as commercial breeders. Once again, a "magic number" is being introduced....a number that can easily be LOWERED at the whim of the HSUS and lawmakers. What's worse, the bill calls for WARRANTLESS inspections, guidelines for breeders to follow that aren't described in this bill.....AND .....before a license is issued it must be determined that the applicant is of "GOOD MORAL CHARACTER"....
Does any of this sound VAGUELY familiar to anyone??? Does this sound like the other dozens of ANTI breeder bills being pushed around the country???
How many "hobby breeders" co-own bitches with other people as well as "possess" bitches at their homes? Under this bill, the burden of proving you are NOT intending to sell those bitches' offspring falls on your head...and, just how exactly, would a person do that? The short answer is: YOU CAN'T. Think about it. It's not hard to reach the magical "20" number. ( "But, Mr Animal Control Officer, those 3 bitch puppies over there....I'm holding onto them to see if they will be show quality or not.....and, well, I don't actually own those over there 'cuz they are just here for me to show and train...")
So, what if someone has, say 19...or 18...Guess that pesky detail will have to be changed next year, huh? When are people going to wake up? Obviously not soon enough, since the House version of this Anti breeder bill passed yesterday. The Senate is expected to vote soon. Rather than stand up and CONFRONT the bully that is the HSUS head-on, the dog fancy has chosen to "protect itself" and throw somebody else under the bus.
Act now: Write, call, fax the senators in Tennessee and tell them to OPPOSE SB258....Tennessee already has cruelty/neglect laws on the books, and Commercial Breeders are already licensed and regulated under the USDA. Placing the "burden of proof" on the accused as this bill is written is unconstitutional as it deprives the breeder of due process under law.
Who, I wonder, will be left to stand up when the HSUS comes for you.....and your breeding program....hmm...