Monday, December 10, 2007

A Sneakier version of PAWS

Note: We all know laws never go away, and their grasp always grows, never shrinks. It is imperative that we fight each and every attempt to limit our rights and increase .gov influence regarding our livestock and pets. Please read the following report and call, write, fax, and email your US Senator ASAP.

A SAOVA message for sportsmen, pet owners and farmers concerned about protecting their traditions, avocations and livelihoods from anti-hunting, anti-breeding, animal guardianship advocates. Forwarding and cross posting, with attribution, encouraged.


On November 15th Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced an HSUS supported amendment to the Senate version of the 2007 Farm Bill (HR 2419). The amendment is a re-enactment of the Pet Animal Welfare Statute (PAWS) supported by Santorum/Durbin/HSUS/AKC/AVMA that failed in 2005.

HSUS is relentless in its mission to bury breeders, animal owners, and hunters in endless regulation and red tape until our traditional use and enjoyment of animals rests on the verge of extinction.

SA 3723 (the new PAWS), would amend the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and if passed will place the federal government in control of breeding and sales of dogs and cats in the private sector. As in PAWS 2005, SA 3723 exposes ALL hunting dog owners to regulation.

SA 3723 changes the AWA and USDA's existing, long-standing, legally tested basis for federal dog and cat business licensing and regulation. The current procedure is based on treating wholesale sales and retail sales differently. Reducing it to its simplest terms, under current law and USDA regulations, if you sell a dog to a wholesaler, you are regulated. Rescuers, hobby breeders and owners selling to retail buyers are exempt today. The Doris Day Animal League (now merged with HSUS) challenged the hobby breeder portion of this regulatory structure in court and lost in 2003.

SA 3723 also resurrects the concept of third party inspections by non profits who obtain certification from USDA. HSUS would have much to gain from this provision as a means to legally enter private homes.

SA 3723 adds a restriction on importing dog/cats under six months of age. Previous support by AKC and AVMA of both import and third party inspection provisions in 2005 makes it unlikely they will oppose SA 3723.

Well over 100 amendments were introduced by various Senators as part of SA 3500 which is the Senate’s version of the Farm Bill. Debate on these amendments will be short or may not take place at all for some amendments. Once the Senate passes it’s version of the Farm Bill, both versions will be sent to a Conference Committee for resolution. Possible members of the Conference Committee are unknown at this time.

The political process is inundated by lobbyists and deal-making for favored amendments. Those amendments deemed the least controversial are most likely to remain attached and slip thru as law when agreement on the final Farm Bill is reached.

It is urgent that your Senator knows this amendment is controversial and should be stripped from the Farm Bill.


Fighting for your present and future rights is YOUR responsibility. Defeating SA 3723 and the animal rightist threat is a priority.

DO NOT BELIEVE that this will not affect you. Once the traditional retail/wholesale regulation barrier is broken it will be gone forever. Federal Government will be inside your homes inspecting your animals. HSUS will continue to push for tighter regulation—this is not the end of this issue—it is a strategic move to break down the retail/wholesale barrier.

Contact your Senators NOW and urge that they vote to remove SA 3723 from the Farm Bill.

Failure to contact senators could mean SA3723 is seen as non-controversial and may be passed with no debate and an unrecorded vote as part of the manager's technical amendment.

Send the exact same message to Farm Bill floor manager and Senate Agriculture Chairman Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Minority Member Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA).

Senate contacts and more information are posted on

Susan Wolf
Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance - lobbying and working to identify and elect supportive legislators

Please share this message widely.

The message above was posted to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware residents by the Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance (SAOVA) on one of ten regional read only elists. SAOVA is a nonpartisan volunteer group working to protect Americans from the legislative and political threats of radical animal rightists. It is the only national organization fighting this struggle for both sportsmen and animal owners, natural allies, in these arenas. Visit our website at for this program's goals, methodology and list signup details.

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