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The Mission Statement and Objectives

The NBC Legislative Committee, created by the NBC Board Directors in November 2008, 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 members.

NBC General Position Statement

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.

Objectives

  • Review pending local and state legislation, which impacts the NBC and its members. 

  • 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 periodic basis.

  • Propose responsive actions to be taken by the NBC and/or its members in response to legislation of interest to the NBC and its members.

  • 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.

The University of Michigan School of Law maintains a list of animal-related statutes by state at
http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/

National Beagle Club Legislative Committee

Legislative Do's and Don'ts

Richard J. Nunez, Esq., Liberty Hall Beagles, LaGrange, NY

Approved by the NBC Legislative Committee 2009

 

WHAT TO DO

  1. 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 opposite.

  2. 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.

  3. 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)

  4. 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, supportive profile.

  5. Use lobbyists.  They target your position and keep you abreast.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  1. 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.

  2. 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 safe.]

  3. DO NOT alienate the legislator.  Keep it simple, factual and straight to the value of your point.

  4. 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.

 

Help lawmakers 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 legislator.