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Current Replies for Hearing Oct. 23 On MA Dog Bill
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eaglerock814
10/11/2008 10:08:12 AM
Posts: 36
Hearing October 23 On Proposed
Massachusetts Spay/Neuter Mandate

Would Devastate Purebred Dog Breeding Statewide

by JOHN YATES
American Sporting Dog Alliance
http://www.americansportingdogalliance.org
asda@csonline.net

BOSTON – The Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Commission on Municipalities and Regional Government has set an October 23 hearing on House Bill 5092, which would destroy purebred dog breeding and ownership rights statewide.

The American Sporting Dog Alliance is urging all Massachusetts dog owners to immediately contact members of the committee to voice strong opposition to this legislation, and also to attend the hearing if possible.

The hearing is set for Thursday, October 23, at 10 a.m. in Room A2 of the State House Building in Boston.

We cannot emphasize strongly enough that this legislation represents the animal rights agenda at its most extreme. HB 5092 was literally hijacked and complex political procedures were used to circumvent the normal legislative process.

Here are the main components of HB 5092. It would:

· Mandate spaying and neutering of all dogs at age 12 months.

· Create $500 annual “intact permits” for each dog that is not sterilized, if they can meet almost impossible requirements to obtain a permit.

· Essentially eliminate the breeding or keeping of intact dogs that are registered with several major registries, including the Field Dog Stud Book, the American Dog Breeders Association and numerous rare breed organizations. A registry also would have to be specifically approved by each municipality in the state.

· Limit intact permits only to dogs that have the physical appearance of the show dog standard set by the American Kennel Club or the United Kennel Club. Few purebred performance dogs of the sporting or herding breeds closely resemble their show dog counterparts.

· Grant intact permits to dogs used in competition only if the local municipality approves the dog’s registry. To get a permit, a dog owner would have to be a “member” of a registry. Registries do not offer memberships. Registries also would have to have a “code of ethics” that prohibits breeding dogs with “genetic defects.” This is not defined and thus is open to interpretation without clear guidelines. Genetic tests are not available for most hereditary problems. No registry can meet this standard, because of potential liability for matings over which they have no control.

· Establish unreasonable nuisance definitions that will give complete discretion to animal control officers to order the seizure, destruction or banishment of a dog for even a single leash law violation, noise complaint or trespass on another person’s property. There are no guidelines in the bill. The legislation strictly limits the right of appeal by requiring a dog owner to show that a citation was unreasonable or in bad faith. A magistrate “may” grant a hearing on those grounds only, but is not required to do so. In addition, unlike with other laws, a dog owner cannot appeal the magistrate’s ruling to a higher court.

· Ban the tethering of all dogs, except for brief periods.

· Give broad powers to every municipality to ban or restrict specific breeds of dogs, and to seize, ban or kill any dog that can be deemed dangerous simply by briefly chasing another animal (chasing could be construed as an “attack”). There is an appeal to a three-person board of political appointees, including the animal control officer and an “expert” in the field of animals.

· Require anyone who applies for an intact permit to attend training classes on “responsible pet ownership.”

· Require anyone who sells a dog or puppy to turn in the names, addresses and phone numbers of each buyer.

· And, impose fines and penalties, including possible imprisonment, for violations.

Please read this legislation for yourself. Here is a link to the actual text of the legislation: http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/house/185/ht05pdf/ht05092.pdf.

Also, please immediately contact members of this joint House/Senate committee to express your strong opposition. Letters delivered by parcel post or faxes are the most effective means of communication, followed by phone calls. Emails are the least effective, but are far better than doing nothing.

Here is contact information for each committee member:

SENATOR ANTHONY W. PETRUCCELLI
Room 413-B, State House
Boston, MA 02133
Telephone: 617-722-1634
E-Mail: Anthony.Petruccelli@state.ma.us
SENATOR PATRICIA D. JEHLEN
Room 513, State House
Boston, MA 02133
Telephone: 617-722-1578
Fax: 617-722-1117
E-Mail: Patricia.Jehlen@state.ma.us
SENATOR STEVEN A. BADDOUR
Room 208, State House
Boston, MA 02133
Telephone: (617) 722-1604
E-Mail: Steven.Baddour@state.ma.us
SENATOR SUSAN C. FARGO
Room 504, State House
Boston, MA 02133
Telephone: (617) 722-1572
E-Mail: Susan.Fargo@state.ma.us
SENATOR RICHARD R. TISEI*
Room 308, State House
Boston, MA 02133
Telephone: (617) 722-1206
Fax: (617) 722-1063
E-Mail: Richard.Tisei@state.ma.us
REPRESENTATIVE VINCENT A. PEDONE
Room 540, State House
Boston, MA 02133
Telephone: 617-722-2090
Fax: 617-626-0551
E-Mail: Rep.VincentPedone@hou.state.ma.us
REPRESENTATIVE MARTIN J. WALSH
Room 540, State House
Boston, MA 02133
Telephone: 617-722-2090
E-Mail: Rep.MartinWalsh@hou.state.ma.us
REPRESENTATIVE MATTHEW C.PATRICK
Room 540, State House
Boston, MA 02133
Telephone: 617-722-2090
Fax: 617-722-2848
E-Mail: Rep.MatthewPatrick@hou.state.ma.us
E-Mail: repmattp@cape.com
REPRESENTATIVE STEPHEN R. CANESSA
Room 443, State House
Boston, MA 02133
Telephone: 617-722-2460
Fax: 617-626-0839
E-Mail: Rep.StephenCanessa@Hou.State.MA.US
REPRESENTATIVE DENIS E. GUYER
State House, Room 443
Boston, MA 02133
Telephone: 617-722-2460
E-Mail: Rep.DenisGuyer@Hou.State.MA.US
REPRESENTATIVE SARAH K. PEAKE
Room 473F, State House
Boston, MA 02133
Telephone: 617-722-2210
Fax: 617-626-0551
E-Mail: Rep.SarahPeake@Hou.State.MA.US
REPRESENTATIVE JAMES J. O'DAY
Room 39, State House
Boston, MA 02133
Telephone: 617-722-2014
Fax: 617-626-0884
E-Mail: Rep.JamesO'Day@Hou.State.MA.US
REPRESENTATIVE PAUL MCMURTRY
Room 443, State House
Boston, MA 02133
Telephone: 617-722-2460
Fax: 617-722-2353
E-Mail: Rep.PaulMcMurtry@hou.state.ma.us
REPRESENTATIVE SEAN GARBALLEY
Room 134, State House
Boston, MA 02133
Telephone: (617) 722-2400
Fax: 617-722-2850
E-Mail: Rep.SeanGarballey@Hou.State.MA.US
REPRESENTATIVE F. JAY BARROWS
Room 542, State House
Boston, MA 02133
Telephone: 617-722-2488
Fax: 617-722-2390
E-Mail: Rep.FJayBarrows@Hou.State.MA.US
REPRESENTATIVE TODD M. SMOLA
Room 156, State House
Boston, MA 02133
Telephone: 617-722-2240
E-Mail: Rep.ToddSmola@Hou.State.MA.US
We also are asking Massachusetts residents to contact their own state representatives and senators, as it appears that this bill will be moved quickly.

Here is a link for the representatives: http://www.mass.gov/legis/memmenuh.htm.

Here is a link for the senators: http://www.mass.gov/legis/memmenus.htm.

We also believe it is essential for every dog owner to join and participate fully in one or more organizations that are working to defeat this legislation. Several dedicated statewide and national organizations have voiced strong opposition to HB 5092.

The American Sporting Dog Alliance represents owners, breeders and professionals who work with breeds of dogs that are used for hunting. We welcome people who work with other breeds, too, as legislative issues affect all of us. We are a grassroots movement working to protect the rights of dog owners, and to assure that the traditional relationships between dogs and humans maintains its rightful place in American society and life.

Please visit us on the web at http://www.americansportingdogalliance.org.

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Dogspace14
11/11/2008 12:54:05 PM
Posts: 2
Breeding rights? There are 8 million dogs killed in shelters every year. Nobody needs to be breeding more. &
AnkhuIGs
11/11/2008 6:54:58 PM
Posts: 1904
So tell us genius.

If no one ever breed another dog.

In about 12 years, there will be no more dogs.

is that what you want? If it is, then go find a PETA support forum, cause your not going to find any support here for the concept of NO dogs as an acceptable form of "living" for the future.

Serena Galloway
IGCA rescue Colorado

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