NORTH CAROLINA ACTION ALERT
SB 695 Restraining of dogs introduced by Senator Linda Garrou (D, Forsyth) and Don Vaughn (D, Guilford) is scheduled to be heard in Judiciary I on Tuesday, May 12 room 1027 LB. Judiciary Committee meets from 9 – 11 AM.
SB 695 Restricts tethering to 3 hours in a 24-hour period. Mandates all tethers to be minimum 15-feet. Only exempts dogs while actively hunting or herding if the act of tethering is absolutely necessary. Allows counties, cities to reduce time of permissable tethering.
** TALKING POINTS **
* The goal of the anti-tethering lobby is to spread enough misinformation about tethering until all people automatically believe that tethering in any form is animal cruelty.
* The more restrictions the animal rights lobbying groups, such as the Coalition to Unchain Dogs, PETA, and HSUS, can devise to upset animal management practices the more difficult it becomes for professionals, hobbyists, hunters, and dog owners in general to continue their pursuits.
* SB 695 would discriminate among North Carolina citizens on socio-economic grounds. Those not in a position to put up chain link or other fencing, or relocate will be deprived of their pets.
* Tethering is a primary means of control and training of hunting dogs; the State should not regulate methods of containment which are better left to the discretion of responsible dog owners and hunters.
* Tethering can be the safest method of controlling a hard to contain animal. There are dogs that can escape from anything. They can chew through fencing and even chain link, break out windows, open doors, climb or dig under fences, and destroy wire and plastic shipping crates in seconds. These dogs can only be contained securely (and humanely) with a well thought out tether system.
* Setting time limits for tethering is unenforceable without stakeout and surveillance of owner’s property. Time limits will be used by spiteful neighbors to antagonize dog owners.
* Setting time limits discriminates against people who work and prefer to leave the dog outside and denies their animal access to the outdoors for the work day.
Additional talking points and contact information are available on the SAOVA website
ACTION IS NEEDED NOW! CONTACT SENATE JUDICIARY I AND OPPOSE SB 695:
Sen. Martin Nesbitt, Jr. (Chair)
Phone: (919) 715-3001
Sen. R.C. Soles, Jr. (Vice Chair)
Phone: (919) 733-5963
Sen. Peter Brunstetter (Vice Chair)
Phone: (919) 733-7850
Sen. Daniel Clodfelter (Vice Chair)
Phone: (919( 715-8331
Sen. Josh Stein (Vice Chair)
Phone: (919) 715-6400
Sen. Charlie Albertson
Phone: (919) 713-5705
Sen. Philip Berger
Phone: (919) 733-5708
Sen. Andrew Brock
Phone: (919) 715-0690
Sen. Harry Brown
Phone: (919) 715-3034
Sen. Debbie Clary
Phone: (919) 715-3038
Sen. Ellie Kinnaird
Phone: (919) 733-5804
Sen. Malcolm Graham
Phone: (919) 733-5650
Sen. David Hoyle
Phone: (919) 733-5734
Sen. Clark Jenkins
Phone: (919) 715-3040
Sen. Floyd McKissick, Jr.
Phone: (919) 733-4599
Sen. Tony Rand
Phone: (919) 733-9892
Sen. David Rouzer
Sen. Richard Stevens
Phone: (919) 733-5653
Sen. Jerry Tillman
Phone: (919) 733-5870
Sen. Linda Garrou
Phone: (919) 733-5620
Sen. Don Vaughan
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