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PA Kennel Law
« on: January 21, 2008, 05:33:32 PM »
Call To Action On Pennsylvania Kennel Legislation

The American Sporting Dog Alliance (ASDA) is urging all Pennsylvania
dog owners and professionals to speak out now on proposed kennel and
animal cruelty legislation. This legislation will be discussed this
coming Wednesday, January 23, 2007, by the Pennsylvania Dog Law
Advisory Board. It is very important to voice our concerns about
this legislation before the meeting.

The role of public comments at this stage of the legislative process
is not clear, but newspaper articles this week have reported that
the Advisory Board will accept comments. Following this week's
meeting, draft legislation will be published in The Pennsylvania
Bulletin, and another period for public comment will begin. This
will lead to formal introduction of the measures into the
Legislature. Gov. Ed Rendell supports tough kennel laws that ASDA
believes will have a devastating impact on dog ownership in
Pennsylvania.

The proposed new laws will force many well-run kennels to close
their doors, make it almost impossible for professional trainers and
handlers to stay in business, and result in the confiscation and
euthanasia of thousands of dogs in Pennsylvania.

"An accused murderer would have far more legal protection than an
honest and conscientious kennel operator," Yates said. "This
legislation would allow the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement to ride
roughshod over every Pennsylvanian's constitutional rights, and
result in the creation of what is virtually a police state for
anyone who owns a dog."

Yates urges Pennsylvania sporting dog owners and professionals to
take four actions before Wednesday:

1. First, please join The American Sporting Dog Alliance. We
need your help to combat this legislation, to present a unified
front to state lawmakers, and to speak with a powerful voice that
represents sporting dog owners in this state. Information about ASDA
is available at http://www.americansportingdogalliance.org. We also
can be reached by email at asda@csonline.net.
2. Submit your comments on this legislation as soon as possible
to the Dog Law Advisory Board and the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement.
John Gibble is the sporting dog representative on the Advisory
Board. Mr. Gibble is a very active beagler and a strong advocate for
us on the Advisory Board. While the overall make-up of the Board is
a stacked deck against us, Mr. Gibble is a staunch ally. Gov.
Rendell has appointed Sue West, a Humane League of Lancaster County
activist, to head the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Ms. West begins
work on Monday, Jan. 21, and her email is not yet available. The
Acting Director is Rickee Miller. Her email is
rickemille@state.pa.us . Please send your comments to Ms. Miller.
3. If at all possible, please plan to attend Wednesday's
Advisory Board meeting. A show of support for dog owners might do
some good. Please be prepared for a lot of animal rights activists
to attend the meeting as well, as they have been organizing for more
than a year. At a meeting last year, advocates for kennels and dog
ownership were ruled out of order, silenced by the Board chairperson
and heckled. The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the upstairs
cafeteria (VIP Lounge) at the Farm Show Building in Harrisburg, PA.
4. Please send or forward this announcement to everyone you
know who has dogs, hunts and/or might support us. We need to get the
word out to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.

The most effective comments are written in your own words, and ASDA
urges you to study this proposed legislation for yourself. Here is a
link to the draft legislation, courtesy of the Foster Awards
website: http://www.fosteraward.com/news_files/Dog%20Law%2012-19-07%
20Prelim%20draft,%20DO%208023.pdf . We must warn you that this is a
very confusing and difficult piece of legislation, and it's 80-page
PDF format makes it very slow to download for people who have dial-
up connections.

ASDA has submitted extensive commentary on this legislation to the
Dog Law Advisory Board and the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Please
feel free to use any of this material in formulating your own
comments: http://www.asda-sportingdog.blogspot.com

You also can read the insightful comments from our representative on
the Dog Law Advisory Board, John Gibble: http://www.pabeagle.org/Dog%
20Law%20Advisory%20Board%2012-13-06.htm .

The Foster site also has published ASDA's statement on the tail
docking prohibitions in companion animal cruelty legislation. We
believe that this legislation will result in the death of thousands
of dogs from breeds with docked tails. Here is the link (scroll down
to this material): http://www.fosteraward.com/news.html .

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Re: PA Kennel Law
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2008, 06:09:06 PM »
The Foster site also has published ASDA's statement on the tail
docking prohibitions in companion animal cruelty legislation. We
believe that this legislation will result in the death of thousands
of dogs from breeds with docked tails. Here is the link (scroll down
to this material): http://www.fosteraward.com/news.html .
How could anyone possibly think that this would be a good idea?? It is insane!  :furious3:
Patti & Otis (8/18/2006)