From the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
One of the newest, and most insidious, tactics used by the anti-hunting movement in its war on hunting heritage involves regulation of so-called puppy mills. Right now, major efforts are underway to pass legislation mandating extremely onerous regulations on all dog kennels in numerous states throughout the nation.
The USSA has sent state action alerts to sportsmen in Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota and Nebraska in an effort to oppose this growing movement. If these bills pass, legitimate sporting dog kennels could easily find themselves out of business in those states. Also, it is practically guaranteed that this mania won’t stop there, the USSA predicts.
The USSA says lumping sporting dog breeders into the whole debate over puppy mills is a sly way of attacking the entire foundation of breeding sporting dogs. Anti-hunting groups like the Humane Society of the United States understand this very well, which is why the group pushes as broad a piece of legislation as they can in every state.
Sportsmen in these states must contact their state legislators and urge them to oppose the following measures and ask that before any legislation is passed they ensure it includes protections for sporting dog kennels.
In Colorado, HB 1172 sponsored by Representative Beth McCann (D- Denver), currently in the House Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Committee.
In Illinois, HB 198 sponsored by Representative John Fritchey (D- Chicago), currently in the House Rules Committee.
In Minnesota, Senate File 7 sponsored by Senator Don Betzold (DFL- Dist 51), currently in the Senate Agriculture and Veterans Committee.
In Minnesota, Senate File 201 sponsored by Senator Steve Dille (R- Dist 18), currently in the Senate Agriculture and Veterans Committee.
In Nebraska, LB 241 sponsored by Senator Rich Pahls (Dist- 31), currently in the Agriculture Committee
To learn more details about the individual bills in each state, please click on the following links: Colorado http://www.ussportsmen.org/Page.aspx?pid=1828, Illinois http://www.ussportsmen.org/Page.aspx?pid=1826, Minnesota http://www.ussportsmen.org/Page.aspx?pid=1824 , and Nebraska http://www.ussportsmen.org/Page.aspx?pid=1825.