[ SHOWGSD-L ] Pa. moves to outlaw hunting w/dogs...muzzles the Sportsmen !!

  • From: "Ginger Cleary" <cleary1414@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Showgsd-L@Freelists. Org" <showgsd-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 12:59:06 -0400

 Ginger Cleary,Rome, GA  ww.rihadin.com
The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human 
hands, will ever be liable to abuse. â?? James Madison
Member GSDCA
Member Sawnee Mtn Kennel Club
GA Director Responsible Dog Owners of the Eastern States.

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  U.S. Sportsmenâ??s Alliance

  801 Kingsmill Parkway, Columbus, OH  43229

  Ph. 614/888-4868 â?¢ Fax 614/888-0326

  Website: www.ussportsmen.org â?¢ E-mail: info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

   

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           Contact: Beth Ruth (614) 888-4868 ext. 214

  July 11, 2007

   

  Pennsylvania Moves to Outlaw Hunting With Dogs

  State Muzzles Sportsmen Who Object

   

  (Malvern) - Pennsylvania is taking steps to regulate sporting dog breeders 
with the same iron fist it intends for abusive commercial breeders. Today, 
sportsmen who tried to object to the oppressive dog care proposal were abruptly 
silenced.

   

  At issue is a set of dog care regulations proposed by the Pennsylvania 
Department of Agriculture in December 2006. Among the requirements are 
expensive animal housing upgrades, mandatory daily exercise, and the keeping of 
daily sanitation and cleaning records. The U.S. Sportsmenâ??s Alliance Sporting 
Dog Defense Coalition and other dog organizations have been urging Gov. Ed 
Rendell, state lawmakers and the Department of Agriculture to rewrite the dog 
law so that sportsmen will not be caught up in the regulations.

   

  More than 200 Pennsylvania sportsmen who realize the threat that the 
regulations pose to hunting attended a Dog Law Advisory Board hearing today at 
the Radnor Hunt Club in Malvern. The meeting was advertised as an opportunity 
to focus on sportsmenâ??s concerns about the proposal.

   

  However, when USSA Associate Director of State Services Evan Heusinkveld 
began to offer testimony, Deputy Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of 
Agriculture Jesse Smith ruled him out of order, and seized the microphone.

   

  National Beagle Club of America Board Member Wanda Borsa, a New Freedom 
resident whose beagle pack is called the Holly Hill Beagles, also tried to 
comment. She too was stopped before being able to express her concerns.

   

  â??Ms. Smith and the Department of Agriculture do not want the public to know 
how insidious these regulations are for the future of hunting dogs,â?? said 
Heusinkveld. â??State regulators could not find a single existing kennel that 
would be in compliance with the proposal.â??

   

  In a recent message to the U.S. Sportsmenâ??s Alliance, Deputy Secretary 
Smith wrote, â??The Department is attempting to apply more uniform and 
enforceable regulations to ALL kennels.â?? Until now, the department had been 
trying to convince sportsmen that the dog care policy was aimed at unscrupulous 
commercial breeders and was not meant to impact hunters.

   

  â??The Department of Agriculture has admitted its anti-hunting stance. 
Sportsmen are not sure if this is a position of the Rendell administration or 
merely one loose cannon within the administration,â?? said Rob Sexton, USSA 
vice president for government affairs. â??We do know that the governor himself 
sparked the issue, but hope the anti-hunting position doesnâ??t reflect his 
true feelings about hunting dogs.â??

   

  From the outset, sportsmen have suspected that the regulations are a product 
of animal rightists. Groups like the Pennsylvania-based Main Line Animal 
Rescue, and the New York-based American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty 
to Animals have certainly had more access to the process, and their 
representatives have yet to be muzzled at public hearings.

   

  Joining with other dog enthusiast such as the Pennsylvania Federation of Dog 
Clubs, and dog rescue organizations, USSA and its Sporting Dog Defense 
Coalition partners have raised the awareness about the regulations across the 
commonwealth. Sportsmen and sporting dog enthusiasts must continue to contact 
Gov. Rendell and state lawmakers and demand that these dog care regulations be 
withdrawn. Use the Legislative Action Center on the USSA website to make 
contact.

   

  The U.S. Sportsmenâ??s Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and 
sportsmenâ??s organization that protects the rights of hunters, anglers and 
trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through 
public education programs.  For more information about the U.S. Sportsmenâ??s 
Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, 
www.ussportsmen.org.

   

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