It was bound to happen eventually……. the dog clubs have decided they are tired of HSUS pushing them around, while we all know a former HSUS attorney is pretty high up there in APHIS now………not to mention a host of other political nonsense that has long gone on with HSUS………in fact it appears that HSUS is now using the ASPCA in a cloaked fashion, by having ASPCA advertise about humane chickens.
Site talking about the legal action (APHIS) that will eventually go forward http://www.keepourdomesticanimals.com/background-info.html
and then K. Kraemer (we call her KK for short) says:
“The Total Cost of the APHIS Anti-Pet Regulations exceed well over $1 Billion directly from those home-hobby breeders that will now fall under Commercial Regulations. This is almost half of the income produced by live animal sales. Their choices: Either comply with the regulations that will cost at a minimum a room addition to their homes with commercial appliances. Where do you buy commercial appliances for a “commercial kennel” for the home? The Hunte Corporation who whole-heartedly supports this USDA/APHIS Anti-Pet Regulation!
Q: Who stands to benefit from all of this “legislation?”
A: Government, one of the largest distributors of puppies to pet stores, Andrew Hunte of the Hunte Corporation (a member of PIJAC-pet product/lobbying organization), HSUS, ASPCA, and the American Kennel Club. A reduction in the amount of breeders increases puppy prices for distributors/breeders who already have a USDA “license”, increases puppy prices for those that have fewer than four animals, and increases the amount of tax the government can take out of your paycheck. Andrew Hunte of the Hunte Corporation has been working to “license” every single individual who sells a puppy. A formal comment from the Hunte Corp. to USDA/APHIS concerning the “retail pet store”/Anti-Pet regulations encouraging the passage of this regulation. “AndrewHunte -Hunte Corporation: “ We believe if you breed, transport, or sell puppies across America – especially over the Internet –, you should be regulated, and subject to inspection.” IMO, this is an example of price fixing, monopolizing through legislation/regulations, and forcing individuals to buy materials manufactured and sold by Andrew Hunte’s Corporation that they do not need. The American Kennel Club is a huge pet product seller at PetCo and other retail store outlets. The Sherman Act-Anti Trust issues.
The word “breed” will usually bring to mind many dogs with many litters. This is not true in this case. Your son has 1 female hamster, your daughter a couple of female cats, a pet milk cow, and your husband has one female dog and “transports” one puppy to be considered a COMMERCIAL BREEDER.
P.S. I am all for pet stores. Love them. But, I do not agree with anyone that works to promote the removal of pets from family homes. ”
PD: OK— now, now, now……. We feel ya KK…….
Let’s look for just a FEW seconds, though, shall we— at how the “Hunte” Corporation and Petland pretty much managed to take out HSUS in Arizona on RICO charges as to these animals sold? That was several years back. No hobbyists really cared because they hate commercial kennels. Let’s just call a spade a spade. Pet Defense on the other hand, has long held that most hobbyists are elitist, if only because they DO think they are superior– since they DO work to purportedly better the breed, and YES they usually only support purebred dogs and the raising of such dogs. So theory wise, any other type of breeder is appalling to most of them. Commercial kennels included.
What everyone forgets? show dogs make up at best, probably 2% of owned dogs. That likely means 98%– yes 98% of owned dogs are not show dogs, are not prima donnas, are not competition, are not show winners, are not champed out, are not $5,000 and are not coveted as such. We are certainly not against show dogs, or show dog people, or show dog competition.
However, for anyone who has dealt with dog fanciers, one will realize they are in a category by themselves. They claim they don’t make any money off the dogs but it’s just to better the breed. That’s fine. They claim most other breeders don’t know what they are doing, and in some respects, that’s likely true. But when 98% of owned animals or dogs are pretty much NOT show animals, who cares exactly how great they are if they have homes and the owners like them?
Which brings us to Hunte. We surely cannot find fault with Hunte, after all this is the United States, and the industry for the Hunte related animals are in fact, highly regulated in the State of California, and under APHIS. The fact that people use the Internet has nothing to do with Hunte. People either follow rules or they don’t. Don’t blame a big corporation who works with PIJAC for everything. After all AKC didn’t care about Petland until the hobbyists had a fit, right? Hobbyists might win the injunction, which if the promulgation was errant, then yes they should show irreparable harm if they have it. Dog clubs and dog shows with AKC are their own little world, having their own booklets, regulations, and long winded process for setting up large dog shows up to 2 yr in advance of shows. Yes, yes, yes, it’s a huge money pit to show dogs. What we think– is that hobbyists tend to box themselves in by maintaining that show dog mentality at all costs. This tends to make them somewhat unrealistic when compared to the average joe homeowner dog owner.
Don’t forget 98% of owners just own plain dogs. Not show dogs. Just saying.
PS We are aware of Sherman anti trust, and California Cartright Act, horizontal and vertical and boycott etc. If those charges are named, then it remains to be seen how a court will view such assertions. It may be that the APHIS regs tend to contravene the states’ rights which usually govern local dog/pet laws. Or did APHIS “really” intend to preempt the field of selling pets or animals? Online? Really?!