Hopefully, provisions to weaken Ohio’s puppy mill law will be pulled from new bill

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Some Ohio lawmakers were out to weaken Ohio’s puppy mill law, with provisions that would have “dramatically reduced state bonding for some dog breeders and eliminated requirements that they disclose past law violations and provide pictures of their kennels on license-renewal applications.” – as reported by the Columbus Dispatch.

But now, it seems the damaging changes will be pulled from a recent bill in the Ohio Senate. Rep. David Hall, R-Millersburgl, who had inserted the language now reportedly says he will yank the provisions.

The pressure needs to be ramped up on state and federal legislators to enact better protections for animals. And when improved laws are in place, we can’t let lawmakers try to gut the protections through the back door.

Thankfully, it seems here that press coverage caught this attempt in Ohio.

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Two dogfighting stories interconnect

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An Associated Press article from November 22 reports dogfighting continues to thrive, despite the law enforcement focus and press coverage. The big money involved is too much of a draw for the evil participants within this criminal industry.

The article rightfully notes weak laws are largely to blame. The leaders of dogfighting operations have little fear of real punishment. The criminal justice system amounts to little more than a minor inconvenience for people who abuse animals.

The slap-on-the-wrist style of punishment was never more evident than in a recent case in New York. The Long Island Press reported November 25 that a man who pleaded guilty back in August to animal cruelty and animal fighting charges was given probation and community service and was banned for possessing animals for only five years.

So he won’t serve time for a horrific crime and in five short years will be able to have pets. How any judge or anyone who voted for or supports this level punishment would think a dog fighter will be okay around animals in five years is stunningly misguided.

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Troubling Trend: Polar bear populations falling

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Despite what some climate-change deniers have claimed of late, polar bears are struggling to survive, as the planet warms.

An LA Times ran article on Saturday, reporting on a recent study that showed populations of polar bears in Alaska and western Canada fell by 40 percent, from 2001 to 2010. The research was conducted by scientists from a number of organizations, including the U.S. Geological Survey and Environment Canada.

As the report notes, hunting for food is much more difficult for the animals now. As the Arctic ice continues to dramatically melt, they are forced to swim greater distances between ice fields.

But some in the anti-science crowd continue to claim the ice is not melting and polar bears are healthy and happy. Just saying something that is not true over and over and over again doesn’t turn it into a fact.

It’s so sad to see entire species of majestic creatures slip into extinction, while the root causes are too largely ignored. Sometimes, as is the case with climate change, it is greed that drives the movement to ignore these issues.

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Ohio House tries to back-door provision to weaken protections for puppy mill dogs

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How anyone, in 2014, could still support cruelty is beyond belief. But while we continue to see positive steps forward, some elected officials are trying to gut even the most basic protections for animals.

Some members of the Ohio House are supporting a bill that includes provisions to scale back the state’s anti-puppy mill law, as the Columbus dispatch reports this morning.

The publication notes three significant changes in the bill: “… cutting the bonding requirement by more than half for large-volume dog breeders, and eliminating the need for criminal-background checks and kennel photos with breeder renewal applications.”

The goal is to make it easier to abuse animals. I wonder if these people go home and tell their kids what they’re doing.

Hey kids, guess what dad did today? He made it easier for people with a history of animal cruelty to work at puppy mills. These are the morals I want to pass on to you.”

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Columnist takes slippery-slope argument to the extreme

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In writing in support of horse and greyhound racing, Les Muir out of Australia, goes all in on the slippery-slope routine. In his Daily Advertiser column, Muir seems to really believe that if horse racing was banned, bans on all sports would follow.

It’s stunning. I hope he was actually doing some sort of double-reverse tongue-and-cheek.

 

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Local Pennsylvania store chain drops puppy sales; makes important statement

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I was really pleased to see this headline flash up on the Pack News Wire earlier today: “Pets Plus stops selling animals raised in puppy mills.”

The Montgomery News article reports Pets Plus stores in the Philadelphia area are joining the Humane Society of the United States program to end the sale of puppies. The article notes more customers are going into the stores to shop, since the change to holding adoptions only.

There is an ever-growing understanding in the general public as to the risk of buying puppies from stores. The odds are far too great that the puppies are bred in puppy mills.

The last local store in my home city that was selling puppies went out of business a few years ago. The only other puppy seller shut that store down several years prior.

A new pet-supply store just opened here, part of a national chain. Before the site opened, I spoke with the manager who emphatically stated they would not be selling dogs or cats and would be hosting adoption events.

Stores still claiming they need to sell puppies to stay in business are living in the 1950s and need to update their business models in a huge way. Many of the national chains and a host of local stores all across the nation learned long ago that selling puppies is a loser in every aspect of the term.

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Puppy mill busted in North Carolina

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I’m a bit late getting this up on the blog. But it is important to report – for the benefit of those who might have missed the news – on a puppy mill bust in Rutherford County, NC.

Thank you to the local law enforcement officials there and once again to the Humane Society of the United States.

Thankfully, these dogs were saved. But because too many states have failed to enact and put into practice better protections for puppy mill dogs and animals across the board, the raids are scattered.

A massive number of puppy mills will continue to slip under the legal radar.

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When will we see an end to greyhound racing?

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There has been a scattering of news of late on the topic of greyhound racing. I’m hoping with every passing day, we are getting closer to a complete shutdown of this horrible industry.

Over in the UK, an important article ran on the Independent website on November 8. Apparently a BBC1 documentary ran several days ago entitled – “Panorama: Drugs and Money – Dog Racing Undercover.”

The Independent piece used the terms – ” … but the overall impression was of a sport in which the dogs mean nothing at all beyond their gambling potential” in reviewing the documentary.

The greyhounds are being given drugs such as cocaine, amphetamines and the sedative cyclazine. Some 2,500 dogs are being killed there each year when their racing days are over.

A BBC News article ran on November 3, detailing how the dogs are “drugged to rig bets.” The article contains some really disgusting information.

Back in September, VeroNews.com referenced an independent report funded by the Florida legislature. The state spent $4.1 million to regulate greyound racing in 2012, but the tax revenues over the same year only amounted to $3.1 million.

On an interesting side note, a judge in Texas has ruled the industry there cannot offer terminals where patrons gamble on images of historical races. A group of charitable bingo operations challenged the use of the terminals, because they might reduce the level of patronage on bingo games.

The CEO of the Sam Houston Race Park was quoted in the Chron.com blog entry linked above as saying the ruling was a blow to the racing industry in the state. That is actually great news for dogs and horses.

And in another bit of good news, the University College Dublin has announced it will stop purchasing greyhounds for veterinary training. Yahoo News out of the UK reports the League Against Cruel Sports and GREY2K found that 212 former racing dogs were purchased and killed by the university over a six-year period.

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BREAKING GOOD NEWS: Federal court tosses lawsuit that challenged new crackdown on puppy mills

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The Humane Society of the US just released a statement concerning the actions of a federal court. A lawsuit that challenged the USDA’s new rules directed to the Internet sales of puppy mill puppies, was shut down by the court.

“We are delighted the court has thrown out this baseless lawsuit challenging USDA’s new rule cracking down on Internet sellers of puppy mill dogs,” said Jonathan Lovvorn, senior vice president of animal protection litigation and investigations for the HSUS, in the press release.

“In a detailed opinion, the court concluded that the breeders ‘are barking up the wrong tree’ because ‘their complaints are more policy disagreements with APHIS’s regulatory approach than they are valid legal objections to APHIS’s authority.’

“Dismissing the breeders’ legal claims as ‘a dog that won’t hunt,’ the court granted judgment in favor of USDA and the HSUS – which intervened to help defend the rule because every large-scale operation should be inspected and every dog provided a bowl of clean water and enough space to move around.”

Add me to the list to animal-welfare advocates who are grateful to the court for flushing this nasty lawsuit down the toilet, where it belongs.

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Bad news for puppy mill dogs in Illinois

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Reports out of Illinois, leading up to the election of Bruce Rauner Tuesday as the state’s new Governor, indicate bad news for dogs suffering in mass production breeding facilities – puppy mills.

Back on October 29, Steve Dale noted on his blog that Rauner was getting support from Petland, a national chain that sells puppies in its stores. Dale rightfully reminds his readers that Petland is actively fighting regulations against puppy mills.

Rauner has thanked Petland for its support of his election campaign.

How anyone could support any company that fights against protections for dogs suffering in puppy mills is stunning. Before Rauner even begins officially serving as the state’s Governor, it appears he is unable understand this easily-understandable issue.

That’s a horribly bad first step.

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