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"Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk. The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character."
Margaret Chase Smith

"America is today the hope of all honorable men who respect the rights of their fellow men and who believe in the principle of freedom and justice." - Albert Einstein

Animal Ownership affects everyone - Taking into account that every dollar spent in a community rolls over five times, and considering the number of pet owners and breeders in a state, the pet industry in a state could easily be a $1.8 billion dollar industry per year.

  PET SHOPS ON-LINE First they Came for the Cows: In 2006 a USDA mandate called National Animal Identification System (NAIS) came to the attention of a middle-aged homesteader in NW Vermont and she finds herself thrown into the role of a reluctant activist. First They Came for the Cows is a fictionalized account of her experience. Some churches are using First They Came for the Cows for their book clubs. Good Christian fiction can be hard to come by, you know

Animal Rights Vs. Animal Welfare  Peta

In Defense of Dog Breeders


The Hidden Enemy The Humane Society of the United States began as an animal welfare organization... Find out who in your state is endorsed by HSUS ...

It is our duty as citizens (local, WV and U.S.) to know the laws. It's time to spread the word to the WV animal owning population that there are people out there trying to create laws that have the potential to affect every aspect of all animal ownership. Please join our group, and help preserve your right to keep animals!

 UPPEAL - Uniting a Proactive Primate and Exotic Animal League is an organization to further the social welfare of nonhuman primates and other “termed” exotic pets in captivity by working to maintain the civil rights of responsible ownership of companion animals by individuals who choose to share their life with an alternative pet.


REXANO is dedicated to the Responsible Exotic Animal Ownership while protecting public safety. REXANO Concerned about Constitutionality of Exotic Animal Legislation and its Effect on our Children; New Free Web Resource Provides Tools to Fight it

PET SHOPS ON-LINEMy Dog My Choice We are a group of dedicated animal lovers.  We come from all walks of life. While our interests are varied we share a common desire to protect our canine companions from the extinction desired by animal activists and threatened by Mandatory Spay/Neuter laws.

PET SHOPS ON-LINECOMMITTEE AGAINST ANIMAL RIGHTS EXTREMISM Many commonsense, compassionate people who love their animals do not understand the true nature of the animal rights movement. They care about their animals and want to insure they are treated humanely. Because they have been misled into believing that the movement is about something else (helping animals), they "think" they are for animal rights. What they actually believe in is animal welfare, from a responsible animal ownership perspective. They own and love animals and care for them and do not want to see any animal abused. Read more...

Our Tax Dollars at Work: Chasing a cow over 5 states True story


Granny Warriors:  Worlds longest Bull Ride to bring awareness about NAIS. "I am a Christian, I am an American, I am a patriot, I am a wife, I am a Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. I have raised my family and let the news of the country and world slide by with not much notice as my life has been a busy one. I became upset when we were told that laws were being passed that would prohibit the ownership of certain animals which I happen to own. I went on the warpath, and while on that path fighting for my rights I learned so much that is so disturbing. Many of you know already about the different sects that are taking away our rights every day one by one. I did not. My education was a scary one and it still is as I find new information every day which scares me, not for myself, I have very little time left but for my children and grandchildren. They deserve to live in a free country, that respects their rights and protects them from abuse from the government itself. "


P.I.J.A.C.  ~    Animal Rights vs. Animal Welfare  ~
Animal Rights activists groups-what is behind their self proclaimed 'wildlife specialists' facade? ~
~ Why laws prohibiting exotic animals do not wor
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For those of you that raise any type of animal, be sure to arm yourself with the facts against the proposed NAIS program that the government has in mind...   To learn more about NAIS, and what it means for farmers and consumers, visit Liberty Ark Coalition    
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To learn more about NAIS, and what it means for farmers and consumers, visit Liberty Ark Coalition

If you own a domestic or exotic animal - please join Phoenix Exotic Wildlife Association, Inc.  This is a group of private owners from all across America which includes individuals, sanctuaries and breeders.
They are an organization of active members working to protect and maintain the rights of private ownership through responsible behavior.  We need to organize to stop groups that want to ban ownership of our beloved animals and let the government take over. Click here for more info

R E P O - PAC Welcome to our web site, enjoy the time and learn a little about REPO-PAC Inc.. Our immediate goals are to promote Private Ownership of all exotic animals and show our respect for these animals. Our Group is working every day to protect your rights to own the pet of your choice.


Monkeys in the Mountains: This site is Dedicated to people with ethics, hearts and common sense. We support those people who are responsible animal owners who daily plan their lives around the care and welfare of their animals. On this site we hope to open the publics eyes on the true agendas of organizations such as PETA, HSUS, ALF, ELF,SHAC,API and many other terrorist groups who wish to end the human and animal relationships by banning, neutering and outlawing the ownership of exotics as well as domestic pets. If you love animals, even if you don't, it is time to raise your voice in objection to all the false information being put out by the dissident organizations. Find out the true facts.


 The government keeps repeating that the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is necessary to provide 48-hour tracking to improve animal health. To some people, this sounds plausible. But even a little scratching under the surface reveals that these claims have holes a mile wide. My personal experience with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and animal tracking makes it clear that this will be just another program to increase the size of government, and place individuals at the mercy of bureaucratic whims, while doing absolutely nothing to actually address animal health.

On January 22, 2007, an Investigator for the USDA, Carl H. LaLonde, Jr., of Raleigh, N.C. came to our ranch. He showed me his gold and silver badge, and laid a health paper on my desk. He asked, "Do you notice anything wrong with that?" I looked it over, noticing it was a cow we sold a year ago. I remembered the cow. After a careful viewing, I said, "No, I am sorry I do not know what is wrong."

Reply, "You have exported cattle all over the world, and you can't see the cow doesn't have an ID number - it says there is supposed to be a number on the cow!"

Actually, the box on the form said, "Eartag no. or other official identification, name or description." When I pointed out that the cow's registered name was clearly typed, meeting that requirement, LaLonde interrupted, and insisted that only a "number" would do.

So here's the story: In June 2005, we purchased a herd of 472 registered Texas Longhorn cattle in Oklahoma. Each animal received a health certificate from P. L. Edmonds, DVM, of Morris, Oklahoma. In January 2006, we sold one cow, named Rosey Barb, to an Ohio producer. Her health paper was prepared, to ship her from Oklahoma to Dundee, Ohio.

In August 2006, LaLonde arrived, unannounced, at Dundee, Ohio and quizzed the owner about the shipment of Rosey Barb. Being a first-time importer from Oklahoma, he was shocked. He was innocent of any wrongdoing. LaLonde did not ask to see the cow, health records, or if she was dead or alive - the issue was entirely about paperwork, not inspecting the animal, or protecting animal health.

In our conversation, LaLonde asked me who was driving the truck when Rosey crossed the state lines. He assured us the driver who had crossed into Ohio without legal paper work was in violation. I assured him I had authorized the shipment and no matter who the driver was, I was fully responsible.

LaLonde then said that the Oklahoma vet was at fault for omitting the number. Since the vet was licensed by the USDA, the government would punish him. We had physically transported the cow to Ohio without proper documentation, and would equally be in violation. A citation would be in order and the case would be recorded on our ranch records. I was required to fill out numerous forms admitting guilt and detailing each fact for further prosecution. Although I have never had a USDA violation in Ohio, ever, the next time something happens, I will be treated as a "second time offender." That will be considered, in USDA legal terms, "wanton, habitual disregard of the law." And all because a veterinarian wrote the cow's name on the form instead of a number.

I asked what would be done to Dr. Edmonds. LaLonde said Edmonds had no excuse. He knows this number is required, and understands the penalties if he does not fill out a health paper exactly correct. Dr. Edmonds would have a hearing, and he might even lose his license. I said it would be depressing to think a professional with a major large animal health practice could lose his license over one number. Investigator LaLonde smiled. His job was investigation and prosecution, not fairness or animal health. Dr. Edmonds prepared health papers for over 400 cattle for Dickinson Cattle Co. and left one number off of one certificate, and he will pay the price.

This was not an issue of BSE, TB, Bangs, a stolen cow, or forgery. It was one number. As of today, LaLonde has driven several hundred miles about this one single number. It could have been handled by phone.

This is USDA. This is what it can be like to have NAIS enforcers at the door. NAIS will penalize veterinarians, livestock owners, buyers, haulers and numerous livestock workers. One wrong number. What will it cost your family if we have a fully-functional NAIS?

It is the serious job of every USA livestock owner to oppose the total USDA program of NAIS. Do this for your family and children. NAIS is cold and ruthless. It is not about disease - it is about control. Call your state, federal and all elected officials who have authority to stop NAIS. Each farm/ranch has a few months left to fight for your freedom against wanton, unremorseful, full-time enforcement of the most feared USDA proposal in history: NAIS.

As Investigator LaLonde left the office,he smiled, shook my hand and said, "I love my job."

This is exact to the letter. Happened January 22, 2007, at Dickinson Cattle Co. Barnesville, Ohio. Submitted by Darol Dickinson.



This is Bethany at Dickinson Cattle Co. in Ohio when Darol first moved to Ohio...




January 5, 2007

Colorado Governor: PETA  Bunch Of Losers, As many as 340,000 cows and steers have been left stranded by southeastern Colorado's most recent snowstorm, and National Guard units are
helping ranchers in a frantic bid to save the freezing animals. Faced with 15-foot snowdrifts, rescuers are airlifting bales of hay and hoping for the best.
But as Coloradans are learning, the wealthy People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) isn't about to lift a finger. Not for those animals -- the ones destined to be flame-broiled, grilled, or roasted. Appearing on Denver radio station KRFX yest erday morning, Colorado Governor Bill
Owens spoke for all of us. PETA, he declared, are "a bunch of losers" and "frauds" The dustup started when KRFX morning hosts Rick Lewis and Michael Floorwax (yes, that's his real name) called PETA to ask if the group would help feed and rescue the snowbound herds. PETA spokeswoman Reannon Peterson took the call, and bluntly replied: "You're going to save them, and then in six months they're going to be killed and end up on someone's plate. So I don't know that it's really the most noble cause."
Peterson added that wild animals caught in the blizzard's wake -- the same animals PETA routinely criticizes hunters for bagging -- also weren't worth spending PETA's money to save. "It's an act of God," she said. "There's really nothing to be done"

Enter Governor Owens. In addition to labeling PETA "losers" and "frauds," he expressed amazement that "PETA doesn't want us to fee d freezing cattle" and stated that "it's
symbolic of what PETA
stands for". Finally, Owens declared that PETA is "a strange group of people. Don't send money to PETA" Asked a few hours later by KRFX sister-station KOA-AM to reiterate his position on PETA, he put it plainly: "What a bunch of losers. Don't give your money to PETA." We couldn't agree more. As we're telling the media today, the
Colorado snowstorm is exactly the kind of emergency that should send PETA into action- But PETA -- whose president publicly wished for a foot-and-mouth epidemic in 2001 -- has a stubborn anti-meat bias. To this group of tofu-devouring loonies, seeing the livelihood of cattle ranchers evaporate is a cheap thrill. This may also be the reason why the vegetarian-oriented Humane Society of the United States isn't spending any of the $145
million it raised last year on Colorado helicopter rentals and hay bales.To listen to the entire phone call with PETA, Governor Owens' entire interview is available, thanks to KRFX radio.


1) As shown by both anti drug laws and laws prohibiting ferrets in CA, people are not stopped by such laws. Such laws have only created a black market for both, as seen by the fact that ferrets are often illegally sold in CA for as much as $800, while in other states, they can be acquired for as low as $60. Some people are willing to pay the higher price then to smuggle them in from other states. There are an estimated 500,000+ ferrets in the state of California.


2) Illegal pets have no rights. They are often euthanized when seized by authorities and the owners face jail and heavy fines. Due to the fact that opening a rescue shelter for exotics is near impossible in states where they are illegal and the fact that zoos cannot or will not take them, these animals are often doomed if found.


3) Owners of illegal pets often fear taking them to vets, thus they fail to get proper vet care and vaccinations. The vast majority of vets will not turn owners in, since they know the fate of illegal pets.


4) The very fact a species is illegal often gives rise to misconceptions about the species. Such as wivetales like skunks being born with rabies and weasels sucking blood of infants, both of which have been passed on as 'facts' by state fish & game depts or health depts, with NO scientific proof. Such misinformation often leads to slaughter of these animals in the wild.


5) Laws against exotics are often used as tools by groups who use this to convince people that these animals are wild. This causes owners to turn exotic pets loose in areas they are not native to and cannot survive in. Turning exotic pets or ANY animals loose into the wild is federally illegal without proper permits for the rehabbing of native species.


6) The majority of people who keep illegal pets often are law abiding people who moved from states where they are legal, sometimes not knowing till after they have moved that their beloved pet is prohibited. These people are often subject to blackmail by others, who use the threat of turning them in to force them to do as they wish. If the animal is stolen or abused by others, the owner is unable to even report it for fear of the law.


7) Over regulation of exotic animals hampers those who gain valuable knowledge about each species, as many breeders and owners learn far more from their animals then a limited number of zoological parks can on their own. Much of the knowledge gained about successful breeding, diet and husbandry on pygmy hedgehogs was gained by breeders, not by zoos. So the private sector does have their place in the world of exotic animal keeping.


8) As the world population increases and natural habitat decreases, captive breeding is our insurance for the future of many animals. There are FAR more endangered species then a scant 2000 zoos worldwide can breed, thus zoos end up with surplus of certain animals who the zoos either don't have room for or the animal has minor defects that the zoos don't want. This can mean anything from fur color that is not correct for the species norm (albinos, mutations) to serious problems such as clef pallet in cheetahs or heart murmurs in Florida panthers. These animals that are not fit for the zoo breeding programs would certainly find life better as a pet or in a private collection then as a stuffed trophy on the wall. These animals often CANNOT be rehabbed into the wild at all.


9) The criminal element who might keep illegal exotics, simply do not give a damn if they are legal or not. If they cannot get them from a breeder or broker, they will get them from the black market and from poachers, rather then from existing captive bred populations. Banning the exotics has no more effect on them then banning guns, drugs, explosives or anything else, since they are already willingly breaking the law. In short, only the law abiding citizens care about the laws.


NAPA (and responsible owners et Al) of said animals ”aims to help in creation of proper and fair legislation regarding exotic animals as pets or in captive breeding programs. There are alternatives to making animals illegal, such as proper education of exotic animal owners in proper care and handling of these species, plus educating the public on them as well.”


From the Phoenix Exotic Wildlife Association: www.pheonixexotics.org
“We believe in the right to legal, responsible ownership of exotic animals. It is our position that large exotic felines and other potentially dangerous animals should be under the care of experienced and trained individuals who are able to provide a safe, secure environment for these animals and prevent risk to the animal and public.”


This said, instead of banning exotics, restrict them to experienced and trained private individuals who are able to provide a safe, secure environment for these animals and prevent risk to the animal and to the public.


There are training facilities in the US that offer certification courses to handle these animals. We encourage those who want to partake in these activities to take the courses before buying and taking care of an exotic animal.


Please keep the above in mind when any laws are placed in front of your legislative body. Keep in mind that these laws banning exotic animals are restricting our God given right to own, take care of, love, and be with these wonderful creatures. This is so that others may share, learn, love and to take care of these animals correctly and responsibly.


In a country that prides itself on freedoms of their people, these bills are taking away those freedoms.



It is an excellent idea to have a historical perspective of what has gone before.  You are right, this fight can be very discouraging to newcomers who discover the scope of the work needed and how much they can be buffeted around.

A healthy dose of reality is always helpful. :)  Just remember to also acknowledge the positive.

Unfortunately, any activity needs to be done using available resources.  We have a call out for folks who want to work.  Most anyone can find a job here at Phoenix.  And, while we are actually quite large as far as number of staff goes for an organization of this type, we are no where NEAR the size necessary to sustain the sort of ongoing projects you cite without additional personnel to assign the tasks.

Most here are well aware of my operating method - mention a job or a function that needs to be done, and my response will most likely be - GOOD!  When can you start?  Anyone interested in working can always contact Vicki at bigcats10@aol.com to get the ball rolling.

We have a professional grant writer on board and ready to work...but we don't have a person on board to research grant sources or do the leg work to find and pick one and get the other steps done.  We have had numerous lawyers.  But none willing to do the job of spearheading a project.  Etc. etc.

Anyone can propose a project.  Anyone can be in charge.  Board approval is needed and the project has to include goal, plans, financial and personnel data and so forth. 

But one thing that cannot be done in this organization - good ideas given over to the current staff to do for the idea man/woman.  We already have lots and lots of good ideas.  We need the people who want to work far more than anything.  For example, your assistance Ray, in getting the material regarding the Boomerang case made available and your time and effort writing your own letter which we included was of far more value than any money.  NO amount of money could have purchased such proof of the activities. 

We need the members here, doing what they can to the best of their ability far more than we need money thrown at the problem.

This group is what the members themselves make of it.  Yes, we could use some serious fund raising and all sorts of projects would be wonderful to do.  And we will definitely do them as soon as someone steps forward to take on the project.


Twenty-five years ago a senator in Dayton, OH proposed legislation to ban all
exotic and considered "wild animal" pets included were animals native to
Ohio, who had been raised domestically and purchased from licensed breeders, both
in state and out of state. The ban would have enveloped reptiles birds mammals
and hybrids, etc.

There was to be no grandfather clause for anyone owning
these animals prior to the passage of this intended bill. People from Ohio
rallied en mass, from all areas. Pet stores, breeders, vets, local government reps
as well as distraught owners. The domestic skunk was also caught in this
legislative dragnet.

A hotline was set up at the state capital in Columbus, OH to
receive the comments from all areas, including the general public. Their
response statewide was overwhelming. I personal destroyed an electric typewriter from
extensive usage.

Owner's called their representatives, people with all kinds
of animals joined ranks, life was hectic and unpleasant for both sides. At
that time, several of us had joined an organization (P. I. J. A. C. ) Pet
Industry Joint Advisory Council.
This organization monitors unfair legislation in the
pet industry, breeders, and owners. They place representatives on the house
Floors to represent the above interest. Their membership dues are based on
breeders, pet store owners, manufacturer of pet supplies, and hobbyists (private
owners). After twenty-five years, I was surprised to see that they are still at

I have spoke to PIJAC legislative director about the issues involving
ownership of domestic skunks as well as other animal companions. He asked me to
pass this invitation on to you to speak personally to him about the issues at
hand involving skunks as well as other pets you might own. Mainly the domestic
skunk needs to have a show of hands to indicate to Mr. Michael Maddox,
legislative director for PIJAC, that there are many more concerned owners beside
myself willing to fight to keep their ownership privilege.

 Yes, it will take some money. Pet owners membership is $35/year. Organizations should contact PIJAC
for rates as should breeders and pet store owners. You receive all incoming
bulletins and alerts on unfavorable legislation. There are NO guarantees that
PIJAC can change the minds of unchangeable, uninformed people who are loose
cannons on animal legislation. But I think any legislative representative on these
house Floors speaking for pet owners is one more voice for the domestic skunk.
Let's get going now, while we can get a head start on any underlying problems
in the foreseeable future.

You may contact legislative director for PIJAC,
Mr. Michael Maddox, ph# 1-202-452-1525 or email him at: mmaddox@pijac.org  or
write: Attn: M. Maddox, 1220 Nineteenth St., Northwest Washington D.C., 20036
PS - use your own best judgment on this matter, share your thoughts and
information with Mr. Maddox, if you choose.

There is also a nationwide effort of skunk supporters to begin en mass to
email pet stores, and pet related manufacturers, to ask them why they do not
include skunk books, tapes and other skunk related items, as owners of skunks
purchase pet carriers, leashes and harnesses, pet bowls, kitty litter, etc.... at
their stores. The domestic skunk needs all the recognition he can get. Here is
your chance to speak and act on behalf of the domestic skunk. I personally
have spent hundreds of dollars at PetsMart on pet photography sessions, and they
will not consider my book on the domestic skunk.   I just wanted to let your
organizations become aware of the possibility for your individual cause
concerning the domestic skunk.
Thank you for your time!
Cody Hildebrand
(skunk stripes)


Animal WELFARE is about humane treatment of animals; in  fact, animal welfare is essentially synonymous with  the original humane movement begun in England in  the l840's.

Animal RIGHTS is claiming animals have  legal rights, as people do, and the most basic  animal right is the
right not to be owned or used for any  purpose at all by human  beings.

Animal WELFARE supporters aim for a  balance between owning and using animals as humanely  as possible
and allowing owners and breeders their  rights to own, use, and breed  animals.

Animal RIGHTS suppotorters aim to end  all ownership, use, and breeding of all animals.   They envision a world
in which no animals are left anywhere,  because, allegedly, man has so mis-treated  animals, man no
longer deserves to have animals.   If it is not possible to end the existence of all animals by  sterilization, then at least, all animals should be  set free to make their way in the wilderness.   Anything less than that is  slavery.

Animal RIGHTS people do NOT believe in  animal welfare. On the contrary, they are not  interested in so-called humane treatment of animals, because  they believe there should be no interaction at all  between animals and human  beings.

There are no ''extremes'' of the  animal rights movement. There are just people who are confused  about the  differences between animal welfare and  animal rights and people who insist that animal  rights is the only right choice for all  animals.

Roberta  Pliner

Permission to cross-post or quote  anywhere, but give
authorship credit and pet-law list  credit.


A direct quote from PETA:

" The cat, like the dog, must disappear... We should cut the domestic animals free from our dominance by neutering, neutering and more neutering, until our pathetic version of the domestic pet ceases to exist."--John Bryant, (PeTA,)


From the Feline Conservation Foundation, and seen recently on Nevada PetLaw.
A reminder that AR threatens the ownership of ALL species! Colby

_http://www.thefcf. com/speak/ Animalrights. asp?key=467_
(http://www.thefcf. com/speak/ Animalrights. asp?key=467)

By Zuzana Kukol
Not a day goes by that we don't read about animal rights, AR, groups like HSUS, API, IFAW and PETA trying to ban or severely limit private ownership, or some other use, of animals in our society. Very cleverly, they manipulate and use any isolated animal incident to accomplish their goal of no animals in captivity. They are shrewdly packaging themselves as wildlife animal specialist
to get media and legislative coverage and respect.


Just as cunningly, with ulterior motives in mind, they present themselves as animal lovers and saviors to the unsuspecting public who naively donates to them thinking they are helping animals in shelters, when in reality, very little to nothing goes to help the animals directly. Most money is spent on
advertising, legislation, fancy offices, traveling perks and fat salaries of top AR executives.

Experts on misinformation?
Research using JustGive.org data (a nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect people with the charities and causes) reveals that none of the main AR group leaders pushing for more animal bans and regulations has any noteworthy hands on animal husbandry experience. They are mostly just career politicians whose main experience is in non profit activist sector rather than productive private sector. Having no clue about the real life animal welfare, AW, issues, they often waste USDA's time by filing frivolous complaints.

U.S. Department of Agriculture' s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), is the government agency that regulates commercial exhibition of certain animals.

Animal Care is the division of the USDA that is responsible for the enforcement of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The Act requires that minimum standards for the humane care and use of animals be met at licensed facilities engaged in activities regulated under the law. Many USDA inspectors
themselves are veterinarians; all are trained in animal welfare issues. What makes AR bigger animal welfare experts than USDA or us private animal owners?


 HSUS-Humane Society of The United States Chief Executive is Mr. Wayne Pacelle and some of his major accomplishments, according to JustGive are " His initiatives include creating a campaigns division and launching an animal protection litigation department" and "As a result of these efforts, Campaigns and Elections named him *a rising star in politics*". His estimated income is
But what about the animals? Shouldn't they be the stars? Paul G. Irwin, former HSUS President, salary was $612,226 (Using information reported on an organization' s most recent Form 990, we include as compensation an individual's salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and other
allowances. It doesn't include contributions to benefit plans or compensation
deferred to a future date.)
So, who are the biggest beneficiaries of purported animal suffering?
The one with the biggest sob story wins, and H$US knows how to make them big - their bank accounts, not the amount of actual help that goes to the animals.

One page on HSUS website screams "Siegfried & Roy Incident Underscores the Dangers of Exotic Pets", never mind that Roy survived and only one person gets killed by a big cat each year in USA, and this statistic includes all owners, commercial and non commercial as well as Zoos.
However, HSUS dog page says: There are over 4.5 million dog bites each year. This is an estimate as there is no central reporting agency for dog bites, thus breed and other information is not captured. Out of the millions of bites, about 10-20 are fatal each year. While certainly tragic, it represents a
very small number statistically and should not be considered as a basis for sweeping legislative action.

Well, I guess humans killed by big cats are somewhat more valuable than humans killed by dogs???

Hey, pick a side of the fence and stay there. There's nothing like a near-fatal tiger attack on a celebrity like Roy Horn to increase HSUS's profile, publicity and income. I guess we are back to where the money is. API-Animal Protection Institute Chief Executive Ms. Michelle They relocated
to the U.S. from the U.K. in 2003 to lead API with more than 15 years of experience in campaign efforts, working with governments, grassroots networks, and media across and has a background in psychology as well as post-graduate qualifications in management and strategic planning in the nonprofit sector.

Is she even a citizen? Why should a foreigner, recent arrival, tell us how to run OUR country? It has been reported however, that she is being exported back to the UK in November 2006.She is returning to the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection BUAV as CEO after three years leading the Animal
Protection Institute headquartered in Sacramento, California USA. IFAW-International Fund for Animal Welfare, Inc. Chief Executive Mr. Fred O. Regan, before becoming president of IFAW, Mr. O'Regan, worked for Peace Corps, developed programs for poor and black communities in South Africa and did
some teaching and writings on community-based economic development among the poor.

Did he do anything with the animals?

PETA-People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Chief Executive is Ms. Ingrid Newkirk, mostly known for speaking on animal rights issues and campaigns against zoos, circuses, laboratories and farmers. Wasting time of people who work for living, PETA dug their own hole by urging kids to drink beer instead of milk. Besides, in today's world, who would respect the vegetarian group portraying women as a piece of meat?

It is time we, private exotic and wild animal owners, got more active in educating public, media, politicians and legislators. We need to advise them to exercise extreme caution, and thoroughly research and ask for proofs of the often misleading claims of numerous Animal Rights
groups who profess themselves to be wild and exotic animal experts . Considering the credentials, or lack of therefore, of the main AR groups, why is it that we are losing big time in the legislative area?
Why are we letting animal husbandry amateurs in suits and ties legislate us, exotic and wild animal owners, to extinction?