Statement and Objectives
The NBC Legislative
Committee recognizes the comprehensive nature and impact of
proposed, pending and current legislation on its members at
all levels. The mission of the National Beagle Club
Legislative Committee is to inform its members about relevant
legislative initiatives and provide the NBC and NBC members
with a position statement. If appropriate, the Committee will
suggest actions, which could be taken by the NBC and its
The NBC supports
legislation that promotes hunting with beagles, responsible
land stewardship, and responsible care of animals and furthers
the advancement of our breed and its standards.
Review pending local
and state legislation, which impacts the NBC and its
Inform the NBC and
its members about the impact of pending legislation on the
interests of the NBC and its members. Provide an analysis
and position statement relative to pending legislation on a
actions to be taken by the NBC and/or its members in
response to legislation of interest to the NBC and its
Take action as
directed by the NBC.
Our current objective is to find an appropriate means to
distribute timely information on pending local and state
legislation to the NBC and its members as well as all
responsible beagle owners. The Committee has been working
with the NBC on several proposals and the appropriate ways and
means to set up and fund this initiative.
This may be of interest:
A website which has a list of animal statutes by state and is
maintained by the University of Michigan School of Law on a
pro bono basis. The website is:
National Beagle Club
Legislative Do's and
Richard J. Nunez, Esq., Liberty Hall
Beagles, LaGrange, NY
Approved by the NBC Legislative
WHAT TO DO
Respond directly to new
legislation If statewide, write, email, and phone. If
local: go and see the supervisor, council members, and
committee members. Their proposal was put forward because
it was deemed to have a good chance. Firmly show the
Build your network.
Identify people with common interests and get them on board
to pump out information and make the phone calls, send
emails, and write letters as quickly as possible. Be
creative on this: your veterinarian has more impact than
most breeders. Have feed stores ready to post signs.
Maybe even supermarkets. Letters to the editor.
Pick your battles.
Promote your specific rights with care and attention.
Taking property without due process is wrong. Say it.
(But see "Don'ts" below)
Build allies. Learn who
are your town/country/state leaders - assembly, council,
even planning/zoning board members. Promote your good
practices in public places - fairs, press releases,
participation at community events - generally a higher,
Use lobbyists. They
target your position and keep you abreast.
Firewalls. You are not
private if you have a public nuisance. Be prepared to
expose yourself to prove your point. Keep separate bank
accounts. Keep ongoing records of where every animal came
from, how it was cared for, and where it went.
Good care practices.
Adopt some of the things your opposition wants. Document it
if you do it now. Keep a diary if you feed twice daily,
control temperature, and exercise daily. This can be used
locally as well as state-wide.
Create standards which you
can abide by. You will lose if you don't have
standards. This covers care of animals, housing and
feeding, and records and disclosures on care and licensing
to buyers. Consider including necessary information before
you take an animal in. Set a care standard that can be
certified by the NBC.
WHAT NOT TO DO!
NO DEBATES: Do not
debate the opposition. You eat away your valuable time.
You need to prove your point to someone who can vote you out
of existence. Don't waste time on someone who won't change.
DO NOT promote your
rights to have animals: That starts off a war of
words over animals having rights, too. The argument goes
nowhere. [You do have rights though: right to privacy,
rights to due process in the taking of property. These are
DO NOT alienate the
legislator. Keep it simple, factual and straight
to the value of your point.
DO NOT try to destroy
the enemy. First you won't - PETA has been
directly attacked on credibility for years to no purpose.
Second, you look like a fool.
carefully change laws and regulations. One change in one
section of law impacts others. Animal laws or agricultural
laws impact zoning laws when lawmakers figure out how to go
forward. One change in one place impacts something else and
can put you out of business. Work on all levels - your county
or town zoning board can do you in just as fast as you state