Animal Rights = Bloody Murder!
New York Tail Docking Ban Will Murder
Thousands Of Dogs That Can’t Comply
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ALBANY, NY Legislation to criminalize docking puppies’ tails is a case study in mercy animal rights style! It will result in tens of thousands of dead dogs in the first year alone, because there will be no way to allow them to stay alive in the face of criminal charges against anyone who owns them.
The animal rights movement is all about killing animals, either literally right now or gradually, through attrition by sterilization. Every piece of animal rights legislation boils down to dead dogs, which groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals call mercy killings. PETA, which butchers about 90-percent of the dogs that enter its “shelter” in Norfolk, VA, believes that dogs are better off dead than exploited and enslaved by loving homes.
The Humane Society of the United States uses gentler rhetoric, but also creates and supports model legislation that will result in the death of thousands of animals, such as the proposed New York tail docking ban, and supports animal shelter policies that directly result in millions of unnecessary deaths by euthanasia.
The New York legislation is perhaps the clearest illustration yet of the true goals of HSUS and the rest of the animal rights movement.
AB 7218, which is before the Assembly Agriculture Committee, says that anyone who docks a puppy’s tail, or has someone else perform the procedure, is guilty of a criminal misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine. Not even veterinarians would be allowed to dock a dog’s tail, except to save its life or for a health emergency.
The legislation also enables any New York animal rights group to act as vigilantes, hunt down violators, and petition the court to prosecute someone whose dog has a docked tail.
In addition, anyone who shows or exhibits a dog with a docked tail, or even attends a show or exhibition where dogs with docked tails are present, is guilty of a misdemeanor and faces a $500 fine.
Those provisions translate directly into dead dogs, by the truckload.
Probably a few million dogs now live in New York that already have docked tails. These dogs are from some of the most popular breeds in America, including all of the spaniels, most terriers, many herding breeds, almost all of the Continental pointing breeds, many miniature and small breeds of companion dogs, and popular companion and protection dogs such as rottweilers and doberman pinschers.
While existing dogs would be grandfathered, if they are certified as having had their tails docked before August 1, 2009, the fact is that most people who own these dogs will not know about the new law, will procrastinate, won’t be able to afford a visit to their veterinarian for certification, or simply will forget about it.
Animal rights activists will blame these people for being irresponsible, but the fact is that the dogs will pay the price. They will be killed, and the reason they will be killed is because animal rights fanatics supported a law that will cause their deaths. The owners won’t be able to prove the procedure was done before August 1, and will not be able to pay a continual stream of $500 fines. The result will be euthanasia or abandonment.
Some people might think that these dogs simply will be turned over to an animal shelter or rescue group. That won’t happen, because animal shelters and rescue groups also could not legally possess a dog with a docked tail.
Nor could they find them adoptive or foster homes, because those people would be guilty of a criminal act merely by possessing the dog.
It goes far deeper.
Animal shelters would have no idea who docked the tails (or when it was done) of stray dogs that are picked up or turned in, dogs that are seized from their owners because of animal cruelty allegations, or dogs that are abandoned. There would be no choice except to kill these dogs, because they could never be legal.
More dead dogs would result because puppies in several breeds (such as Brittanys and Australian shepherds) sometimes are born with naturally short tails. In a mature dog, these natural “docks” look almost identical to dogs whose tails were surgically docked as puppies. They, too, would have to be killed.
Other dogs would lose part of their tails through injuries. If tails are broken by being accidentally slammed in a door, stepped on as puppies, bitten by other dogs, or struck by heavy objects such as falling tree limbs, the part of the tail above the break sometimes atrophies and falls off, creating the false appearance of a cut off tail (sometimes there is even raw or sore flesh at the point of the break for a couple of weeks). Other puppies have the tips of their tails broken off in the mother’s uterus.
More dead dogs would result from people who move to New York from other states, and bring their pets with them. They wouldn’t know about the New York law, and would be faced with a painful choice when they found out. They would have to either leave New York, or kill their beloved pet.
What about people who visit New York, or just pass through the state, and bring their dogs? If their dogs have docked tails, they would technically be in violation of the law if they didn’t have certification that the procedure was done prior to August 1, 2009. Almost no one would have this certification, as it is not required in other states, and the animal rights vigilantes would have a field day.
If all of those scenarios are added up, the result would be a veritable mountain of canine corpses and broken hearts.
This legislation also would have a human impact. It would destroy dog shows, field trials and competitive events in New York, including the famed Westminster dog show.
It also would destroy the businesses of several professional trainers and handlers, and ruin some of the finest breeding programs for purebred dogs in America.
It would cost the economy of New York millions of dollars in lost revenues a year, and the loss of hundreds of jobs.
It also would mean that New Yorkers no longer would have access to dogs from the nation’s best bloodlines, which means New Yorkers would not be able to improve the genetics of many breeds of dogs in the state. The impact would be that New Yorkers would be forced to buy puppies that are inferior in terms of genetic soundness, health, utility and temperament.
AB 7218 makes no sense at all from any perspective.
Ironically, the same animal rights fanatics who say that tail docking is cruel disfigurement, probably also circumcise their own male children, pierce the ears of their own daughters, cover their own bodies with tattoos, augment their breasts, tuck their tummies and lift their faces through “vanity” surgical procedures. In contrast to what people routinely do to their own bodies, docking the tails of young puppies is an almost completely safe and almost painless procedure. Puppies experience a feeling of a light pinch for a few seconds.
We don’t believe for a moment that the leaders of HSUS and PETA think tail docking is cruel. What they really want is to kill more dogs.
Here is a link to the text of the bill: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A07218&sh=t
The American Sporting Dog Alliance is urging all New Yorkers who truly care about dogs to immediately contact members of the Assembly Agriculture Committee to express strong opposition to AB 7218. Letters and faxes are best, followed by phone calls and emails. A combination of two or more is ideal. Please contact as many members of the committee as possible, as they all represent every New Yorker in this capacity.