By signing on as a sponsor of the HSUS driven TN Commercial Breeder Act, that's how.
It seems that Senator Doug Jackson has a conflict of interest going on here. On the one hand, he is a member of a group of dedicated to "protecting" the interests of hunters against ANTI hunting groups. While on the other hand, he has signed on as a sponsor of the TN anti breeder bill, pushed by the biggest ANTI hunting group of them all: The Humane Society of the United States.
Perhaps Senator Jackson doesn't realize that sportsmen and hunters keep and breed dogs? Perhaps Senator Doug Jackson didn't read the memo on which animal rights group (the Humane Society of the United States) is the BIGGEST ANTI HUNTING LOBBYING GROUP threatening U.S. sportsmen today?
"If we could shut down all sport hunting in a moment, we would." Wayne Pacelle, Senior VP Humane Society of the US (HSUS), formerly of Friends of Animals and Fund for Animals, Associated Press, Dec 30, 1991; "Only 7% of Americans are hunters. That means there are more of us than there are of them. It is simply a matter of democracy. The majority rules in a democracy. We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States... We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California. Then we will take it state by state." (Full Cry magazine, October 1990)
I think Senator Jackson needs a refresher course on WHO the enemy really is. Perhaps polite email reminders of his apparent conflict of interest are in order?
As currently amended, the TN Commercial Breeder Act (SB258 HB386) will have a devastating impact on responsible sportsmen and hobby breeders:
"Commercial breeder" means any person who possesses or maintains under their immediate control twenty (20) or more adult female dogs for the purpose of the sale of their offspring as companion animals.
Just how will anyone PROVE to animal control or other inquiring entity, that one DOESN'T intend to sell the female's offspring? OR that one DOESN'T even intend to breed in the first place? The answer is: you can't.
Under this ill written bill, ANYONE that falls under this definition is GUILTY. It doesn't matter that someone would rather have intact animals vs sterilized ones. It doesn't matter that someone may have only had ONE litter in the past two years and KEPT the puppies for themselves and not for sale.
How does one prove these things? YOU CAN'T. This anti breeder bill has set the trap for sportsmen and hobby breeders alike. And with the help of Senator Doug Jackson. A person who has been entrusted to LOOK OUT for the interests of hunters in the state of Tennessee from ANTI hunting groups like the Humane Society of the United States.
And one more thing, sportsmen and Senator Jackson, this quote sums up the animal rights/anti hunting agenda pretty well:
"The entire animal rights movement in the United States reacted with unfettered glee at the Ban in England ...We view this act of parliament as one of the most important actions in the history of the animal rights movement. This will energise our efforts to stop hunting with hounds." Wayne Pacelle, CEO, Humane Society of the US (HSUS), London Times, December 26, 2004
The last time I checked there are dog breeders that breed hounds....hounds used to HUNT.