the first of three
installments on this topic
Periodically posts regarding various animal rights, welfare, etc. laws
being proposed around the country appear on the message board.
Such proposals usually bring mixed attitudes to me personally....
probably more negative than positive. I really find myself in a
catch-22 scenario concerning this entire area.
The terminology used is bothersome. I never
cared much for the expression “animal rights” partly because of
some of the radical groups
associated with it. Many are very devious in their approaches for
support. Some of their proposals are absolutely ludicrous.
“Animal welfare” , another expression is, perhaps, a step in the right
direction, but is still bothersome to me. “Responsible
pet/animal ownership” comes closest to that which I
believe. My interpretation of that includes responsibility
to other people in regards to animals as well as to animals themselves.
One issue to me is should the government regulate in
this area? In general I am opposed to government
exception, to me, is if there are bad practices involving
ownership and care of animals and IF we refuse to regulate ourselves,
then government regulation is
The various proposals seem to fall into several
categories in terms of the origin and whether or not they make
sense. Some originate from those who have directly observed a
practice which they wish to make illegal. Some have only heard of
them. Some of these practices may have been observed or heard of
completely out of context. Some proposals seek to rectify a bad
situation but use a cannon rather than a bb gun which is complete
overkill. Such proposals make no sense. Some
proposals seem to be driven only by the desire for more government
control and/or simply to create more required paperwork and bureaucracy.
There are several groups, fortunately, working in
our behalf, which seek to keep us informed as to what is happening and
also applying pressure to try to rectify some of the absurd proposals.
The Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance (SAOVA) is a
nationwide, nonpartisan group of volunteers seeking to elect
politicians who will oppose the "Animal Rightist" (AR) threat to our
rights as Americans.
The mission of The National Animal Interest Alliance NAIA is to promote
the welfare of animals, to strengthen
the human-animal bond and safeguard the rights of responsible animal
The American Sporting Dog Alliance (ASDA) is unifying sporting dog
owners, professionals, hunters and field trialers nationwide to combat
threats by animal rights and anti-hunting groups. Political lobbying,
public participation, infiltrating 'anti' groups, providing expert
scientific and veterinary testimony, and using the courts to block bad
laws, regulations and policies implement our no-compromise policy.
In some cases we are our own worse enemy by engaging
in practices that are taken out of context by the uninformed. On
rare occasions we may even engage in indefensible practices which can
wreck havoc with public perception... especially if viewed by the
uninformed. There is some truth in the old saying “If
one finds oneself in a hole or a ditch, the chances are that we dug
ourselves in there.”
What sorts of holes are we digging? Several
types seem to be in process. They include, but are certainly not
limited to, those involving breeding practices, transportation,
housing/kenneling, and treatment of dogs at field trials including
be continued... the next segment will address breeding practices.
hunter since 1951
and occasional field trialer