Animal rights activists are touting this as their greatest victory ever!


Animal rights activists are touting this as their greatest victory ever! The Puppy Protection Act sounds cute and fuzzy but it has teeth that will bite into each and every family that has animals. Senator Rick Santorum has amended the Puppy Protection Act onto the federal Farm Bill, not allowing public testimony or input. Those of us most affected by this proposal have not been allowed to voice our concerns or opposition.

It has long been known that the goals of the animal rights movement are to end the ownership and enjoyment of animals, including dogs, cats and other household pets. They want to cease farm operations, end the eating of meat, ban hunting and fishing, stop all rodeos and grant animals equal rights to humans.

The Puppy Protection Act (PPA) is deceiving in that it sounds like it will benefit puppies. Instead, it incurs such restrictions on dog owners that virtually no one can comply. The PPA requires the federal government to set standards for when to breed and how frequently to breed dogs. The Animal Welfare Act currently does not regulate the breeding of any animals regulated under the Act. They should not have the authority to control the breeding of domestic animals.

The PPA requires the federal government to establish and enforce "socialization" standards for puppies and dogs. No two breeds are alike in temperament and individual differences exist within each breed. To write a standard socialization program is impossible to enforce and invasive on the rights of the owner.

The PPA imposes a three-strikes-and you're-out standard for non-compliance with inspections. Breeders have been written up for such things as cobwebs in corners, puppies chewing on their enclosures or a drop of food in a water bowl. The three strikes provision would take place over an eight-year period.

The Puppy Protection Act does not only apply to volume breeders but includes hobby/show breeders who breed even one litter of puppies. Animal rights activists are seizing the opportunity to prey upon the emotions of the unknowing public and are seeking their help in passing this invasive amendment. If they are successful with this ACT, other farm animals will follow until agriculture interests become a thing of the past.

PLEASE ACT NOW! TIME IS CRUCIAL. The vote could come up as early as March 22, 2002. Please call or fax any or all of the following Senators and Congressmen. Ask them to VOTE TO REMOVE THE PUPPY PROTECTION ACT FROM THE FARM BILL.




The Hon. Tom Harkin (Chairman, Senate Agriculture Committee)
Home state: Iowa
DC 202-224-3254
Fax: 202-224-9369

The Hon. Patrick Leahy
Home state: Vermont
DC 202-224-4242
Fax: 202-224-3479

The Hon. Kent Conrad
Home state: North Dakota
DC 202-224-2043
Fax: 202-224-7776

The Hon. Thomas Daschle (Senate Majority Leader)
Home state: South Dakota
DC 202-224-2321
Fax: 202-224-7895


The Hon. Richard Lugar (Ranking Member, Senate Agriculture Committee)
Home state: Indiana
DC 202-224-4814
Fax: 202-228-0360

The Hon. Jesse Helms
Home state: North Carolina
DC 202-224-6342
Fax: 202-228-1339

The Hon. Thad Cochran
Home state: Mississippi
DC 202-224-5054
Fax: 202-224-9450


The Hon. Larry Combest (Chairman, House Agriculture Committee)
Home state: Texas
DC      202-225-4005
Fax     202-225-9615      202-225-3317
Special salutation: "Dear Mr. Chairman:"

The Hon. John A. Boehner
Home state: Ohio
DC 202-225-6205
Fax: 202-225-0704

The Hon. Bob Goodlatte
Home state: Virginia
DC 202-225-5431
Fax: 202-225-9681

The Hon. Richard Pombo
Home state: California
DC 202-225-1947
Fax: 202-226-0861

The Hon. Terry Everett
Home state: Alabama
DC 202-225-2901
Fax: 202-225-8913

The Hon. Frank Lucas
Home state: Oklahoma
DC 202-225-5565
Fax: 202-225-8698

The Hon. Saxby Chambliss
Home state: Georgia
DC 202-225-6531
Fax: 202-225-3013

The Hon. Jerry Moran
Home state: Kansas
DC 202-225-2715
Fax: 202-225-5124


The Hon. Charles Stenholm (Ranking Member, House Agriculture Committee)
Home state: Texas
DC 202-225-6605
Fax: 202-225-2234

The Hon. Gary Condit
Home state: California
DC 202-225-6131
Fax: 202-225-0819

The Hon. Collin Peterson
Home state: Minnesota
DC 202-225-2165
Fax: 202-225-1593

The Hon. Calvin Dooley
Home state: California
DC 202-225-3341
Fax: 202-225-9308

The Hon. Eva Clayton
Home state: North Carolina
DC 202-225-3101
Fax: 202-225-3354

The Hon. Tim Holden
Home state: Pennsylvania
DC 202-225-5546
Fax: 202-226-0996