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.
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 periodic basis.
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
The University of Michigan
School of Law maintains a list of animal-related statutes by
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 opposite.
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
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)
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.
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 safe.]
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 legislator.