Defeat HB 1468 " Commercial Dog Breeder" sign now

To: Indiana State Senators and Representatives

We, the undersigned citizens of the State of Indiana, urge the Indiana House of Representatives and the Indiana State Senate to reject House Bill 1468, which is known as the "Commercial Dog Breeder Act."

We are opposed to this legislation because:

1. It targets dedicated and conscientious hobby breeders of purebred dogs. It would destroy the life's work of many of the finest breeding programs in America, which are located in Indiana. These kennels, most of which are owned by truly dedicated hobbyists, are responsible for making major improvements in the health, genetic soundness, temperament and utility of the dogs that they raise. This is of major benefit to the people of Indiana, who have the opportunity to obtain a companion dog of very high quality. The fine kennels also benefit dogs by enabling them to become a part of families that will cherish them for a lifetime.

2. It does not target large commercial kennels that have been labeled "puppy mills." The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which is the impetus behind this onerous legislation, has been completely deceptive and dishonest with the Indiana Legislature about the real intention of HB 1468. HSUS falsely claims that this legislation will regulate large commercial kennels. In fact, those kennels already are subject to federal regulation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. HSUS exists solely as a political action organization for the animal rights movement. Its name is misleading. HSUS does not operate a single animal shelter in America.

3. This legislation will increase the number of "puppy mill" dogs sold in Indiana, as out-of-state commercial kennels will enter the void left by the closure of high quality kennels in Indiana, in order to meet consumer demand for purebred puppies. At no time in history has the consumer demand for purebred puppies been higher than it is today. It is clearly in the best interest of the people of Indiana, and for the welfare of dogs, to assure that high quality puppies are available from dedicated and conscientious hobbyists who live in Indiana.

4. This legislation violates the constitutional rights of everyone who raises dogs in Indiana. It reduces dog owners to the status of second-class citizens by denying them basic constitutional protections such as fair and equal treatment under the law, the right to due process under the law, the right to defend oneself and seek redress before a court of law, and protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

5. It is unnecessarily and unfairly burdensome to thousands of hobby kennel owners in Indiana by imposing potentially high licensing costs, requiring dog owners to pay for the cost of inspections, micro chipping ,creating mountains of unnecessary paperwork and illogical and unworkable standards of kennel operations, making it illegal for many people to raise puppies in their homes, permitting the invasion of homes, property, and financial records by enforcement officers without cause, and imposing frightening liabilities that can pointlessly destroy the lives of good people for even purely technical violations.

6. And the legislation has no basis in fact. There is no evidence that the regulated parties contribute in any way to the alleged problems cited as the reason for this legislation. Nor is there evidence that this legislation will do anything to improve the lives of dogs. The fact is that by any standard of measure, the vast majority of dogs in Indiana enjoy far better lives today than at any time in human history.

For these reasons and more, we the undersigned residents of Indiana are petitioning the Legislature to reject HB 1468.


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