Here is an update on the status of the bills for Nevada. We have had some success, but there are two more that we need all the help TODAY with emails, faxes or phone calls. Please help us fight the AR on this in NV.
Hi Folks ~
Its been quiet, the calm before the storm, Im afraid. There is some big opposition, bigger than weve had on other bills, facing us on the remaining Legislative bills. We need your help opposing these bills, either by calls, e-mails, and/or ATTENDANCE (all three of the forms of communicating combined would be best!) at upcoming hearings. You dont need to testify! So why is attendance at a hearing SO important if you dont need to testify? Because there is a sign-in sheet that asks if youre for or against the legislation. Being present does make a difference! The Animal Rights (AR) people will be there in force, believe me. Ive seen the attendance roster for an Assembly hearing, folks. PLEASE! BOMBARD our Legislators like you did on SB241, the Anti-Breeder bill. You showed them you were out there watching and they listened! For all practical purposes, SB241 is dead. It shouldnt surface its ugly head again, & according to the Legislative website it cant. It didnt meet timeline requirements. So, you showed them youre out there ~ we need you to do it again! Be sure to tell them youre a constituent, and provide name, address, and phone number. They wont contact you ~ it shows them youre legitimate. Keep your e-mails short ~ they want to know if youre for or AGAINST the bill mostly. A quick reason or two with a Please vote against bill # is all they need. Contact info is below.
So heres where we stand:
· SB133 Dog fighting then Puppy Mill bill DEAD;
· SB241 Anti-Breeder bill DEAD;
· SB132 Anti-Tethering bill May 6, 1:30 p.m. HEARING;
· AB15 Spay Neuter Notification bill April 28, 3:30 p.m. HEARING;
· AB199 Animal Fighting bill April 28, 3:30 p.m. HEARING;
And one thats a Nationwide issue:
· HR669 A bill that will prohibit sales of fish, hamsters, gerbils, ferrets, birds, to name a few. If youre a fancier of any of these critters, you better act NOW! One word change, as Ken in Las Vegas pointed out, changing Wildlife to Animals, and this law will do us in! SAY NO TO HR669 NOW! More info on the National Resolution here: www.nohr669. com anhttp://www.rexano.org/HR669_Wildlife_Invasion_Frame.htm
OK Back to local legislation A couple notes on SB241 before we go on to upcoming hearings. A letter from Senator Bill Raggio to a constituent:
From: Raggio, William Senator [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2009 2:30 PM
Subject: Opposition to Senate Bill 241
April 23, 2009
Via e-mail: XXX
Dear Ms. XXX:
Thank you for writing to express your opposition to Senate Bill 241, which contains provisions to require licensure and oversight of persons who breed dogs and cats for sale.
On April 7, 2009, the Senate Natural Resources Committee heard testimony in support of and in opposition to S.B. 241. However, the Committee did not take action on this measure prior to the April 10, 2009, which was the deadline for bills to achieve committee passage in their house of origin. Therefore, no further action can be taken on S.B. 241 pursuant to Joint Standing Rule No. 14.3.1.
Again, I appreciate your taking the time to write to me about your concerns with regard to this bill.
William J. Raggio
Nevada State Senator
AND, one from AKC (These KUDOS belong to ALL OF YOU):
This is excellent news! Thank you for letting us know! Thank you also for all your work in fighting this legislation!
Government Relations Administrator
American Kennel Club
/ / / / / / / / /
Message sent to Jennifer
"There were a lot of Nevadans involve in killing this bill.
Thank you for your kudos.....will share them with all Nevadans."
/ / / / / / / / /
Congratulations and thank you -- and all the good folks in Nevada that worked to defeat this bill-- for your hard work on this.
American Kennel Club
O.K. Upcoming hearings. AB15 seems to be innocent enough. And, after all, it only affects one area in Nevada, part of Vegas. Folks, WAKE UP! The AR people are sitting back laughing because it looks so innocent well let it slip through, then theyll have their foot in the door and itll make it easier to create similar laws like the one in Vegas (I believe Reno is trying to make a law now), and voila! MANDATORY SPAY NEUTER! This bill already passed the Assembly. We could be in trouble. BOMBARD! The hearing is Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 2144 in Carson City, and videoconferenced in Room 4412 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, Las Vegas. This bill had already made it out of Committee, with amendments, in the Assembly before we even knew it existed. We could not get a copy of the amended legislation until long after it was completely out of the Assembly. There is a reprint, finally. I have NOT had the chance to read it. You can see the amended bill ahttp://leg.state.nv.us/75th2009/Reports/history.cfm?ID=43 PLEASE ASK THE COMMITTEE TO VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL!
Heres information from Concerned Nevada Pet Owners and Save R NV Animals on this bill:
Tell them to please vote NO on AB 15.
The bill seems benign -- but it is dangerous.
The bill governs the sterilization requirements for dogs and cats.
While the bill focuses on notification posting of sterilization requirements (which currently affects only on one Nevada county (north Las Vegas) which has a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance) -- if passed, it would give HSUS a toe in the door to then lobby for similar ordinances in other Nevada counties.
While some exceptions are noted: Show Dogs, Performance Dogs or Show Cats are not included.
It has received NO input from animal welfare groups, including dog and cat clubs, or individual input -- only animal rights activists from HSUS spoke to the assembly natural resources committee. (ED NOTE: Theres a difference between animal welfare and animal RIGHTS! Dont confuse them!)
It affects only ONE Nevada Community -- North Las Vegas.
What the bill will do if passed is give animal rights activists a toe in the door to lobby for similar ordinances in other Nevada communities.
The original bill was amended however we could not get a copy of the amended bill until after it passed the full Assembly.
Animal rights activists do not support shelters or rescue efforts. They lobby for humane death over ownership. They believe there should be no domesticated pets in loving homes instead they believe no one should own a animal. They believe all animals should roam free or be dead.
We ask you to vote NO on this bill or at least add a exemption to Section 3.3 of the bill to exempt dogs and cats to include show dogs/cats and performance dogs.
AB199 Is the Animal Fighting bill. Again, this bill seems innocuous enough. And, as with AB15, we are against it. While we obviously do not condone animal fighting, there is no reason to create this law. There have been no major fighting incidents (no incidents Im aware of at all ~ major or small) in Nevada to cause a need for this law. Obviously current laws have been effective! This is another boiler-plate animal rights bill. Dont create more laws when there are adequate laws on the books to enforce this issue already. BOMBARD! Phone calls, e-mails, attend the hearing! Its at the same time and place as AB15 ~ Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 2144 in Carson City, and videoconferenced in Room 4412 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, Las Vegas. You can read the bill athttp://leg.state.nv.us/75th2009/Reports/history.cfm?ID=409 PLEASE ASK THE COMMITTEE TO VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL!
SB132 Is the Anti-Tethering bill. It passed in the Senate (one no vote ~ Bernice Mathews ~ thank you!**) and moves to the Assembly Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining Committee. This is a dangerous law. Again, while we do not condone neglect, there should not be a law with a set number of hours per day beyond which your dog must be loose. There are dogs tied out for long periods of time who are not neglected or abused! A few concerns:
· After 14 hours, the dog must be released. I truly believe the AR people are confusing tethering and neglect. Tethering is not abuse. This bill will not cause someone who ties their dog out 24/7 to suddenly make that dog a family member the 10 hours a day it cant be tied now! Theyre not going to suddenly start bringing him into the house! Theyre much more likely to turn the dog loose where it will become a neighborhood nuisance, have access to breed freely (if not neutered, of course!), and could be more inclined to bite and be aggressive. If not just released, the dog is more likely to be turned over to a shelter because they can no longer tie him out;
· Prong, pinch, or choke or similar collars will no longer be allowed;
· Who determines whether pen size is adequate if you keep your dog penned?;
· Dogs being trained for hunting, used for hunting, or used in conjunction with an agricultural operation are excluded. You cant tell me that they dont get tangled or hurt being allowed to be tied more than 14 hours! This bill is supposed to protect dogs from being hurt. These are high energy breeds that it seems to me would get tangled more than others. Dont get me wrong ~ Im glad there are exceptions! I think it should exclude ALL dogs!
· There is no exception for sled dogs included;
The hearing is Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 3161 in Carson City, and videoconferenced to Room 4406 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building. BOMBARD! Phone calls, e-mails, attend the hearing!
FYI The founder of Break the Chain ~ the group pushing this bill ~ just got off probation February 22, 2009, for animal theft of a 19 year old dog. Her supporters are screaming about her sentence being greater than a DUI. An interesting article about their founder is ahttp://www.dogpolitics.com/my_weblog/2008/04/dog-thief-tammy.html Just a clip from the site:
We hear Tammy Grimes - that convicted dog thief and leader of Dogs Deserve Better - is hitting the road on a 12-city tour to stalk dogs in an effort whip up the emotional support for anti-tethering laws, which basically legalizes dog theft.
That's right - Tammy and her band of stalkers and dog thieves will visit 12 cities to identify targets of opportunity, photograph potential new "inventory", and decide on which dogs & owners to exploit for the upcoming PR blitz.
After all, there's a TRIPLE play being formulated here: Making news, making money and making b******t laws.
Below is an e-mail the local Break the Chain rep sent to their supporters:
From: "xxxxx at Break The Chain" [email@example.com]
Date: 04/21/2009 16:06
Subject: Fwd: SB132 Assembly Comm hearing date is 5/6
The Assembly Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining Committee will hear the bill. Please make plans to testify, one last time, we are almost there.
For those of you that testified, please plan on the same testimony. For those that couldn't make it, PLEASE try to make it, it's one last try to change the lives of so many of Nevada's dogs. We need to put 110% of our effort in this last big push. We are so close.
Hearing date: May 6 @ 1:30PM. Room number 3161 in Carson City, Room number 4406 in Vegas.
Please reply to this email so I know I can count on you.
THE DOGS OF NEVADA THANK YOU!!!
PS The has some changes. Please click here if you would like to read it.
www.leg.state.nv.us/75th2009/Reports/history.cfm?ID=339 Click on 1st Reprint in blue.
THE AR GROUP TALKING POINTS FOR SB132:
Talking points - Why Nevada legislators should vote yes on this bill
1) CDC-Chained dogs are 5x more likely to bite children, 3x more likely to bite adults.
2) American Vet Medical Assoc.-many fatal attacks and dog bites involve animals that have been restrained.
3) Nat'l Canine Research Council-Almost 30% of all Fatal attacks are from chained or penned dogs.
4) ASPCA-81% of fatal attacks were by dogs that were isolated.
5) Cornell Univ. College of Vet Med-both chained and penned dogs suffer from similar behavior problems.
6) HSUS-Dogs kept continuously outdoors, chained or penned, will suffer from the same boredom, loneliness & isolation leading to aggressive behavior.
7) Nicholas Dodman, Ph.D. in vet med/Tufts Univ-"chaining dogs makes them more aggressive. They are natural social animals & it induces "isolation-induced aggression" & creates a "junkyard" dog effect. They basically go mad."
John Carpenter 775-684-8831 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pete Goicoechea 775-684-8573 email@example.com
Tom Grady 775-684-8507 firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Gustavson 775-684-8851 email@example.com
You can call the numbers below between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday Friday. Ask them to relay your message to each Committee Member of the appropriate Committee as shown above for the bill youre calling about. The two Assembly bills need your calls done MONDAY, APRIL 27 to be effective!
Northern Nevada: 775-684-6800
Southern Nevada: 702-486-2626
Toll Free: 800-978-2878 OR 1-800-995-9080 OR 1-800-992-0973
Our time is short on AB15 and AB199. The hearing is at 3:30 in Carson City, Tuesday, April 28. We need to BOMBARD! BOMBARD!! BOMBARD!!!
Bernice Mathews ~ the AR websites are happily reporting this is her last term (like we are happy to report this is Townsends last term!). It appears they think with her gone theyll have no problem passing their propaganda through the Nevada Legislature. We need to start an educational campaign before next session to keep our lawmakers from being sucked in to their web. Ive started this ball rolling ~ slowly at the moment!
Bonanza Kennel Club
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