Please write letter to the folks listed below.
This needs immediate attention and support.
PLEASE CROSS POST!!!
As many of you know, the Louisville Metro Area and all of its animal related
organizations are in the "fight of their life." In response to two dog
attacks last fall, Cheri Bryant Hamilton, a Metro Council member, proposed
Breed Specific Legislation ("BSL";)
. The legislation was proposed
notwithstanding a non- breed specific dangerous dog law currently on the
books which was rarely enforced and not even understood by the current
Director of Metro Animal Services charged with enforcing it. That
legislation has morphed into a behemoth 100+page document seeking to
regulate and conscript all dog and cat ownership, all farming, all equine
activities, all hunting and virtually all related activities. The
provisions range from requiring puppies to be liscensed at birth to
mandatory spay-neuter, to unrealistic fencing requirements to exhorbitant
license fees. The complete Draft 8 and the newly released Draft 9 can be
found at [linkhttp://www.Louisville-pets.com]www.Louisville-pets.com[/link]
This proposal if enacted and taken to its logical end would essentially
eliminate pet ownership,the Louisville Kennel Club -Kentuckiana Cluster of
dog shows feline activities as well as many other obedience, go to ground,
specialty, agility, hunting, field trial, equine and other livestock events
in Louisville Metro. The overbreath of this ordinance is by DESIGN as it
was essentially written by Dr. Gilles Meloche, the new Animal Services
Director and Pam Rogers legislative liason of the Humane Society of the
Ms. Rogers was formerly with Fund for the Animals
which merged with the HSUS. (See Leoweekly.com August 30,2006 Article by
Stephen George). The ordinance is straight from the Animal Rights playbook
and is an extension of the agenda of the HSUS director to "create a body of
laws to protect animals from individuals'
These types of laws are popping up all over the country as the HSUS has 8
full time lawyers and an annual budget of over $100 million. If this
ordinance can pass in Louisville, KY the heart of an animal friendly state
with a focus on hunting, fishing, farming, equine and canine events, it can
happen ANYWHERE. It is clear from the Leo Article and other sources that
the current Mayor, Jerry Abramson, unequivocally supports the agenda set
forth by Dr. Meloche and the HSUS representative. Kelly Downard is running
for Metro Mayor in Novermber against the current mayor and HE GETS IT.
Kelly supports and has consistantly supported fair, reasonable, non
discriminatoty dog laws which punish the irresponsible and reward
responsible pet owners. He does not believe in regulating farming or
hunting and fishing as that is the perview of the Farm Bureau, the
Department of Agriculture and the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
WE HAVE TO WIN THIS BATTLE. Please tell everyone that you know to support
us in this endeavor. Go to akc.org or the naiaonline.org to read the
Alerts and to send letters. Please help us by sending a donation $2,$5,$10
to Kelly's campaign at Downard for Mayor, PO Box 7454, Louisville, KY 40257
or on line at Downardformayor.com. We truely appreciate the support of all
of our dog,cat, equine, farming and hunting friends and our cherished
veterinarians. Together we can win this battle for all of us.
Louisville Metro Hall
527 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
Councilmember James Peden
Councilmember Barbara Shanklin
Councilmember Cheri Bryant Hamilton (author)
Councilmember Rick Blackwell
Councilmember Robert Henderson
Councilmember Glen Stuckel
Councilmember Robin Engel
Councilmember Tina Ward-Pugh
Councilmember Tom Owen
Councilmember Vicki Welch
Councilmember George Melton
** The Louisville Kennel Club would like concerned dog owners to please thank Councilmember Melton, who is retiring, as he has been a consistent supporter of responsible animal owners and reasonable animal control legislation.
For more information, contact:
Louisville Kennel Club
Or go to [linkhttp://www.louisville-pets.com]www.louisville-pets.com[/link]
Thank you for your support!