Mein Kampf-HSUS Style

Posted on 08/26/2009


A great article of warning.

Ami Moore

The Chicago Dog Coach

> I think most of the draconian laws being passed are too expensive
> for the states to enforce. That leaves a 3rd party (think H$U$) to
> offer to enforce for them. I’m very much afraid that might happen.

This is ALREADY happening. Here’s the story of a recent seizure in

In VA and some other states, HSUS (the ‘Humane Society of the U.S.’)
has ‘task forces’ that include corrupt and/or ignorant members of law
enforcement agencies and state veterinarian’s offices. This program is

HSUS picks targets based on info from a handful of anti-breeding
shelter directors around the state. The key factor may be no more than
“I’ve been trying to get rid of her for years but I can never get
anything on her.” (Because she always passes inspections …)

Using data available to law enforcement(income, etc.), they identify a
soft target — someone who isn’t expected to be able to fight.

The state vet representative and enough law enforcement to be
seriously intimidating (say 8 sheriffs or state police) show up,
together with an HSUS representative. The owner is removed from the
kennel area under law enforcement supervision and they block off
access to the property. The state vet makes an inspection which
determines that animals are being cruelly treated.

Not groomed? CRUELTY.
Pen not picked up today? CRUELTY
Ear mites/dirt? CRUELTY
Maloccluded teeth? CRUELTY
Any sign of any illness? CRUELTY
No water in bowl? CRUELTY

Here’s the HSUS video of that VA seizure. Do you keep your dogs enough
better than this that you can say “Oh, they couldn’t do that to me?”

The state vet informs the owner that all her animals will
be seized and she will have to pay $5-$15/animal/day up front in at
least 30 day chunks for their care. OR she can simply sign them over.
Most owners sign, volunteers and transport equipment are brought in,
and the animals are loaded up and hauled away. They will be on sale
in a week to ten days at shelters and rescues that are out of the
immediate area, sometimes out of the state.

Within a week or so the state vet representative coordinates a list of
charges with the local district attorney. (Commonwealth’s Attorney in
VA.) There will generally be dozens if not 100 or more charges, each
carrying fines of maybe $1000 and or jail terms up to a year. Cruelty
is a serious offense, right?

BUT, they offer a plea bargain that’s much cheaper: Just a few
charges, a fine of a few thousand, and no jail time. Most owners,
cave and take the plea bargain. Well, how would you prove that no
cruelty occurred? HSUS took the animals, they took the pictures, the
owner wasn’t in the area when the animals were being taken from pens,
there have already been stories in the local papers about the seizure
and the claimed offenses … how would you know if you could defend
yourself? Even if you can afford a lawyer and get one who understands
how these laws work?

If you have 100 dogs are you SURE that not a single one was sick
enough that a jury who had read the newspaper stories, had been
exposed to the HSUS campaign against ‘puppy mills,’ and had no direct
knowledge of animal care would convict not you of cruelty? Most owners
will plead.

The key legal ingredients of this are:


An anti-puppy mill campaign and law. This actually has nothing to do
with abusive breeding (we’ve had laws against that for decades) — it
just limits ownership of unsterilized dogs to 30-50 and adds expensive
care and breeding requirements. We got HB 538 in Virginia (first such
law in the country) in 2008.

A ‘seizure bond’ law requiring an owner whose animals are taken to pay
in advance at a very high rate for shelter ‘care’ of his animals until
a final trial occurs on charges which will be unknown at the time the
payment must be made. This also passed — HB 999 — in VA, in 2008.

A vague or non-existent definition of cruelty in the law so that
anything that HSUS and their official friends want to call ‘cruel’
must be proven NOT cruel, in front of a jury. Our VA definition of
cruelty is circular: If you treat animals cruelly, that’s cruelty.
Would YOU want to deal with that in front of a jury of non-animal

A law forbidding anyone who has ever been convicted of cruelty
(remember that a plea bargain is a conviction) from ever selling an
animal again, except by a specific court order. For VA, this was part
of HB 538.


HSUS is seizing all animals from a few commercial breeders/week around
the country, right now. This campaign will only intensify as they get
down the learning curve and add more resources. Which — trust me on
this — they will do. They’ve just added a full time supervisor for
these operations.

HSUS is judge, jury, and executioner. The state pays nearly all the
costs: Do you think 8 state police and vehicles are free? Courts and
district attorneys? And outside the breeding community, essentially
NOBODY cares. Lawmakers don’t believe it, the general public figures
that ‘puppy mills’ are a bad thing, state governors love being ‘tough
on animal abusers,’ law enforcement are ‘just following orders,’ the
AKC is sucking its thumb, news media get plenty of stories so it’s not
a problem for them, HSUS gets red meat for supporters (donations!),
cooperating pet rescues and animal shelters get healthy dogs to sell
at a ‘puppy mill rescue!’ premium price … who is going to stop this?

Trust me on this, too: Within the next few months you can expect to
see hobby breeders starting to be taken out. This isn’t about
commercial breeding, let alone ‘cruelty,’ it is about ending the
planned breeding of dogs in the U.S. and on the current road they’ll
succeed within ten years, with the best and larger breeders gone
within five.

Purebred dogs will go first; I don’t think they can entirely take out
mixed breeds but there are some very smart people who disagree with me
on that.