More and more, in the name of Animal Rights, or in the name of disease control, those of us who breed animals for a hobby are being attacked. We are all lumped in with the few irresponsible breeders who do exist. AR activists prey upon an uninformed public with visions of cute puppies and other baby animals being abused in the name of profit. Now some of us do make money with our hobby, I don't. Why? Well, I go to shows, so I have tolls, hotel rooms, gas, insurance, entry fees, food, and wear and tear on my vehicle to pay for. At best I break even. Also, I have a very good, but very expensive veterinarian. And yes, I do a lot of my own vet work, but I cannot bring myself to put an animal down, and I do occasionally come across something I cannot treat myself, or need outside advice or a different medication for.
Many of the new and proposed laws regarding animal breeding allow for unannounced inspections of your property. Now I do take good care of my animals, but twice now my property has been visited by deputies with cameras, and nothing has ever come of it. But every one of us has times where something gets ahead of us. We might get a bad case of the flu and not clean cages on time. Heaven forbid the inspectors come then! Or we may rescue a matted, dirty angora and not shave it right away, in order to give it time to acclimate and put some weight on. Or a cage of adolescent male REWs may decide to have a spraying contest. PEE-YEW!
Here is an excerpt from a post from http://groups.yahoo.com/group/VCNM_Animal_Control_Forum/
regarding "Rational Thinking on Animal Control Issues for the State of New Mexico":
At a press conference on Sunday (covered by KOAT-TV news) Albuquerque
Mayor Chavez "officially" announced what had been expected for some time. During the 60-day New Mexico legislative session that starts on Tuesday (Jan 16), Mayor Chavez will seek legislation for mandatory statewide spay/neuter of all pets.
The legislation will be modeled after the disastrous HEART ordinance adopted in Albuquerque. Unfortunately, this continues Mayor Chavez's politics of supporting extreme aspects of the Animal Rights ideology. Under the HEART ordinance, animal ownership is considered to be a privilege granted through, and controlled by the government. Under HEART, owners have lost their property rights. So, any legislation modeled after HEART raises serious property rights issues that should be of concern to all New Mexico residents. Furthermore, HEART is a disastrous law because it trivializes animal cruelty, establishes poorly conceived government care requirements, discriminates against those with low income, is acknowledged to be unenforceable, establishes a government monopoly on companion animals, and fails to provide effective measures to reduce the number of animals killed in Albuquerque's shelters. Simply put, HEART is a public policy disaster.
Let me repeat that one sentence:
Under the HEART ordinance, animal ownership is considered to be a privilege granted through, and controlled by the government.
Is that communistic or what!? Our rights DO NOT come from the government! As pointed out in the Declaration of Independence, We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Under many of these laws, pet owners are considered guilty until proven innocent. Pets and livestock can be arbitrarily seized, the owners fined, and the animals spayed, neutered, or euthanized before anyone sees the inside of a court of law. Sound unbelievable? Read the recently passed Louisville, KY bill:
In particular, read section 91.052, what constitutes abandonment. Don't even consider going to a weekend show, even if your animals do have access to plenty of food and fresh water!
In America, we have become so far removed from where our food and clothing comes from, that many of us are clueless as to what constitutes good basic care. Many people think animals need constant "enrichment" of their environment, and they need constant physical contact with other members of their species, and they need toys...
Some of my rabbits are happiest when simply left alone. They want to eat, sleep, and go to the bathroom, beyond that they really could either care less or would prefer to be left alone to nap.
Essentially, AR activists want to make it too expensive for the average person to breed animals. They want to dictate who breeds animals (no one!), how those animals are cared for (extravagantly), and who is allowed to buy pets (only people who can budget hundreds or thousands of $$ for veterinary visits). Forget about the poor family who raises rabbits to feed their children!
This infringement on our rights cannot be allowed to continue. What affects few of us now will spread to affect ALL of us in the future! Once upon a time, it was perfectly legal to hunt on your own property. Now you need to buy an ever more expensive license. The right to defend oneself with a handgun is under constant attack. Interstate highways are becoming toll roads. Emminent domain is used as an excuse to seize private property and turn it over to corporations. In some states, automobiles are considered luxuries and are taxed every year. Even homesteaders are being stalked, with laws making it difficult or even impossible for them to grow their own crops! Where does it end?
Eventually, we'll all live in high-rise apartments in isolated cities, the only animals we'll see will be in zoos, and we'll eat what the .gov tells us to, live where they tell us to, wear what they tell us to...
Think I'm exaggerating? 50 years ago, who would have thought it would be breaking the law to ride a bike without a helmet, drive a car without a seatbelt, or smoke a cigarette in a bar?
America, Land of the Well-Regulated, Home of the Conformists.