In a recent post, Wayne Pacelle of HSUS states he is “astonished” that responsible breeders are not on board with the many dog breeding bills HSUS has introduced across the country recently. He says that those of us who oppose these bills are paranoid, friends of the NRA, and apparently don’t care about animals. Despite Wayne’s diagnosis, I’m going to cling to the hope that I don’t suffer from paranoia. (Who told you that anyway?) I am not a friend of the NRA although I do support the rights of hunters to hunt responsibly. (I’m so complicated-like.) And I’m quite certain I care about animals and especially dogs.
Now Wayne must be supa-astonished.
Here’s the thing: Puppy mills suck. We agree. But there are already laws on the books regarding the treatment of dogs in breeding facilities and an agency charged with enforcement – the USDA. Just because the USDA has been falling down on the job for years, failing to even inspect some of these mills regularly doesn’t mean I think we need to pile more laws on the problem. The legislation HSUS proposes would, in some cases, clearly infringe on the rights of responsible breeders and subject them to warrantless home searches. Put me down for OPPOSE on that one.
Why doesn’t the HSUS use its vast resources to help get the USDA the tools it needs to do its job? If they get enough inspectors out in the field and have sufficient follow through on citations, that would be a welcome change that I think many people would be happy about. And once they get a good system going, maybe laws will need tweaking here and there, I don’t know. But I know I’d be a lot more open to hearing about it from a government agency like the USDA who’d been doing its job than hearing from a private fundraising group like HSUS who wants to add intrusive laws on top of the already unenforced regulations.
So Wayne, you got me wrong on this. And the admission that you are “astonished” at the opposition should show you how off base you are. We want some of the same things, I think. Is there a way to work together toward getting better care for pets? We are a no kill nation and a humane society. Join us. Otherwise, if you’re just going to continue trying to force your will down our legislative throats, expect further astonishment. We’re going to keep resisting these laws because we care about animals and our rights as U.S. citizens. We want our government to do its job and we want special interest group lobbyists like HSUS out of our state legislatures. That’s not so surprising, is it?