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I am going to start my first rant concerning Apathy on the National Animal Identification System. I just received this email (below) from the Sporting Dog Alliance Group. Mr. Yates has brought up some very good points again. Not only has he seen the Apathy in the dog world I see this in the very community I live in when it comes to the NAIS. Pure silence!
The very people who say they love their animals will find out that owning these animals will truly become the biggest burdens of beast due to federal rules and regulations. None of these people understand the true meaning of NAIS. More impressing matters are there concerns such as meddling in everyone's business on what consistutes responsiblity. Never will they agree on who is right, like is a stock tank full or half full. None of them will get there heads out of the clouds long enough to understand that there days in livestock owner ship is numbered.
By JOHN YATES / American Sporting Dog Alliance
WASHINGTON – Barack Obama will be the 44th president of the United States following a landslide victory based on strong support from an overwhelming percentage of the electorate. He also carried the Democratic Party to virtually unassailable power in both the House and Senate.
Obama sought after and received the strong endorsement of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and this animal rights organization most certainly will try to cash in its political chips in ways that are likely to threaten dog owners, owners of other kinds of animals, hunters, gun owners and farmers.
That is not mere speculation. It is the way American politics works. To the victor go the spoils.
For dog owners, the next four years likely will decide our future. If we fail to act cohesively and effectively, our ownership of the dogs we love is doomed.
We will not be polite and we will not sugarcoat reality.
This is the political reality we must face in order to preserve dog ownership rights:
The 2008 election was one of the most divisive and emotional in modern history. Many supporters and opponents of both candidates passionately expressed anger, outrage, distrust and bitterness toward their opponents.
At best, healing will be difficult to achieve. At worst, political antagonisms will boil over and the new power structure will attempt to destroy and bury the old. In today’s political reality, many elected officials see dog owners as vestiges of the past.
While both sides have spoken of unity and reconciliation in the days following the election, the truth is that this has happened only rarely in American politics. When one political viewpoint has gained supremacy, its adherents tend to exploit their power to the greatest possible extent and bury the opposition.
Like it or not, the magnitude of Obama’s victory has placed dog owners, hunters, gun owners and farmers in the crosshairs. After decades of seeing ourselves as the mainstream, we have found ourselves in the uncomfortable and dangerous position of being seen by government as irrelevant outsiders who are merely reactionary and outdated: Modern rednecks, if you will. That is the message HSUS will be imparting to President-elect Obama.
Like it or not, dog owners, hunters and farmers have the present status of “non-persons” in the Obama Administration. That is because all of the organizations that represent us actively or implicitly opposed Obama’s candidacy (because of the HSUS endorsement), while HSUS enthusiastically supported Obama. It is human nature for Obama to listen more empathetically to supporters than to opponents.
We cannot ignore this reality.
Our only hope is to convince President-elect Obama that the vast majority of Americans want to preserve the right of animal ownership without interference from government.
Furthermore, we have to convince him of what we all know to be absolutely true: That this is the best thing for animals. Never in human history have dogs had better lives than they do in modern America, and that this is because their owners love them and care deeply about their welfare.
The American Sporting Dog Alliance firmly believes that animal owners, hunters, gun owners and farmers are still the mainstream of America. However, it also is indisputably true that many of us did not make these issues a high priority in deciding how we voted this year.
We can be certain that HSUS and other groups that oppose us will loudly proclaim that the 2008 election has proven that we are an insignificant political and social force in modern America. They will claim that our voices and our rights don’t count anymore.
We must prove otherwise to President-elect Obama.
The way to start is to contact Obama’s Transition Team and express your concerns about the hidden HSUS agenda for the future of animal ownership. President-elect Obama must learn the truth about HSUS and the animal rights movements, and it is up to us to inform him.
The truth about HSUS is that it is an animal rights group based on the belief that the private ownership of animals is exploitation, including for companion animals, and its agenda is to reduce animal ownership in America as rapidly as is politically feasible. HSUS’ long-range goal is the complete elimination of domestic animals.
HSUS, which is very well organized and opulently funded, is a master of public relations that has learned all of the tricks to bombard the American public with distorted horror stories about animal owners, thus manufacturing political pressure for restrictive laws. HSUS constantly pounds the media with stories about puppy mills, backyard breeders, dog fighters and animal hoarders, with the goal of painting all dog owners with a tar-covered brush.
Don’t kid yourself. They are talking about you.
HSUS deliberately ignores the truth, that the vast majority of people who own and raise dogs care very deeply about them and give them the best possible care. The HSUS agenda is to severely regulate all animal ownership, to take away our rights to raise animals and make the basic decisions about their lives, to subject all of us to constant oversight by government, and to create frightening liabilities.
Please also urge The President-elect to limit the advisory role of HSUS, because the organization is a special interest group that does not represent the views of the vast majority of Americans. A huge majority of us want to own dogs, cats, horses and other animals. About half of us want to hunt and the future of American wildlife depends on hunters, who are the only group to match their mouths with their money. More than 90-percent of us want to eat meat, and do not want to become vegan vegetarians.
Strongly but supportively urge The President-elect to listen to our voices when he makes appointments, develops a legislative agenda, and reviews administrative policies.
Here is a link to a form to send your comments to the Obama Transition Team: http://www.change.gov/page/s/contact. Please do not delay sending your letter to the Obama team, as many important things are happening behind the scenes right now.
We urge dog owners to take a supportive approach and to refrain from saying anything that could be viewed as antagonism toward the new President-elect. Remember that the purpose of writing is not to score political points, but instead to let Obama’s team know the sentiments of the American public about animal issues. Our goal is to counteract HSUS propaganda with the truth and to let the incoming president know what the people do and don’t want.
The American Sporting Dog Alliance has contacted the Obama Transition Team and offered our services to the incoming Administration. We have specifically requested to participate in the selection process for key officials in the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and the Interior, and also to serve on a proposed animal issues advisory board. We do not know if our request will be accepted or rejected, but we strongly believe that the President-elect needs to hear the concerns of dog ownership advocates.
When contacting the Obama Transition Team, please keep the following issues in mind:
It is no exaggeration to say that dog owners will face unprecedented challenges over the next four or more years, and that HSUS and other animal rights groups will enjoy unprecedented influence in the White House and Congress. An HSUS blog says that House and Senate candidates endorsed by the animal rights group prevailed in the recent election by a 290-to-17 margin. That is sobering news for dog owners.
In the strongest possible terms, we urge every dog owner in America to join and actively support at least one organization that is fighting to preserve your rights. Participation is imperative. Without your participation and support, dog ownership in America will be doomed. Sitting on the sidelines is not an option.
The American Sporting Dog Alliance would be honored by your support of our efforts on your behalf.
Supporting statewide organizations also is vital. Most states have active Federations of Dog Clubs, hunting dog federations and other local or regional groups. They also need your help so that they can help you.
No organization can perform miracles, and none is stronger than the support they receive from their members. The essential roles of organizations are to develop working relationships with elected officials, to bring dog owners together for coordinated action, to keep dog owners informed about the issues, and to provide them with a way to take effective action as citizens.
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.
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