Exposing the Lies Which USDA/APHIS Have Used to Attack America's Supply of Working Dogs
From the United States Working Dog Foundation. To everyone who is fed up with the deception, obfuscation, and flat-out lies which have permeated the USDA/APHIS rulemaking process otherwise known as “Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Docket No. APHIS-2011-003 Proposed Rule."
Also known by true subject matter experts as this: The RADICAL REVISION of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) relentlessly lobbied for by the animal rights activist group the "Humane" (insert your own joke here) Society of the United States (HSUS). Which has gotten shot down twice in Congress, and once in the courts.
All SMART decisions. But you know HSUS. They just won't take no for an answer. And God knows, they won't let morality, truth, or the system our Founding Fathers constructed get in their way. No way. As a matter of fact, here's what the "Humane" Society of the United States does best.
They take our Bill of Rights. And set it on fire. Burn it to the ground. And keep moving on. Talk about a scorched earth policy.
If you aren't outraged by the "Humane" Society of the United States yet, it's time you wake up. Would you like to know how many places and ways they have torched the Bill of Rights? And the list of legislators who were their accomplices? We'll come back to that.
For now, let's focus on HSUS's current, most dangerous of all goal - the one which the United States Working Dog Foundation is focusing on defeating.
The APHIS "Rule" which would wipe out huge numbers of America's most conscientious, highly ethical breeders, trainers and handlers of our essential working dogs. The ones who raise their puppies in loving homes. Those who devote 18-hour-days, at endless financial SACRIFICE - because of their burning love for - and desire to keep producing - the best of the best. Dogs of uncommon valor. Who keep cops and troops safe. Who find lost children and Alzheimer's patients - and bring them home safe.
Who the "Humane" Society of the United States are targeting with this USDA/APHIS proposed rule change. And don't kid yourself. And don't buy into the lies you've been told. This proposed rule change has HSUS's dirty fingerprints all over it. So the next time you see HSUS President Wayne Pacelle call this something that targets "puppy mills" - remember this.
The United States Working Dog Foundation President has challenged him to a debate on this. AND the PUPS bill. In front of Congress. Ask Wayne Pacelle why he won't take her up on it.
I'll tell you why. Because he can't handle the truth.
When USWDF urges you to sign a petition, it's because there's a major ground game behind it. And just so you know we're serious, we're sharing the answer to question # 13 with you. This is just one of a series of questions we relentlessly pressured APHIS to answer, and for good measure, we made sure a couple of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests were thrown into the game.
After several weeks of evasion, APHIS came back with answers, (because they realized they had no choice) - and we think you'll find this one striking. God knows several members of Congress have found it interesting. Along with Constitutional scholars, and attorneys of prestigious law firms.
United States Working Dog Foundation: Question 13: APHIS has stated that the reason for this proposed Rule change is “Some buyers have received animals with a contagious disease, general illness, genetic deformities or other medical and social issues. Some of these buyers also received animals that were too young to be weaned."
Let’s call this the “Bad Actor Group” of sellers - those who fit the above description who are NOT currently licensed under the AWA.
A. How many Bad Actor Group entities/individuals has APHIS documented on an annual basis in the last 3 years?
B. How did APHIS “discover” them - i.e. Hot Tip Lines of HSUS, et al...? Other sources of complaints? Please provide breakdown of numbers by various categories of those who brought these problems to your attention.
C. What % of complaints came from individuals who were interviewed later, and who were verified as actually being the purchaser of a poor quality puppy or dog?
D. How did APHIS handle these complaints? I.e. what percentage of the time did APHIS recommend that those complaining contact local Animal Control agencies?
E. Did APHIS track the outcomes of these cases? I.e. What percentage of these cases were resolved?
USDA/APHIS response, which was finally provided on July 11, 2012: “Response to question 13: APHIS’ Animal Care program does not maintain the statistics you have requested.”
In other words, APHIS has ABSOLUTELY NO PROOF of the ostensible justification for this radical revision of the Animal Welfare Act. Which would strike a body blow to the working dogs who protect, serve and defend America.
And the United States Working Dog Foundation has the documentation to prove it.
Have YOU signed the petition requesting a Congressional investigation of this rulemaking process yet? If not, we hope the answer above will enrage you enough to do it. (Please see our post below).
Meanwhile, every time you see a fundraising campaign pitch from the "Humane" Society of the United States President Wayne Pacelle, write back and tell him you want to see him debate the United States Working Dog Foundation President. In front of Congress. With all the penalties of perjury which that entails. On the MERITS of the PUPS bill, and this radical revision of the Animal Welfare Act. Let him know there are an increasing number of members of Congress who'd like to see that too.