Sportsmen’s Weekly Federal PUPS Bill a Threat to Sporting Dog Owners 3-15-2013



March 15, 2013


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Federal PUPS Bill a Threat to Sporting Dog Owners

Animal rights organizations are once again pushing federal legislation that would greatly expand the number of dog owners regulated under the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).  The bills H.R. 847, sponsored by Reps. James Gerlach (R-PA) and Lois Capps (D-CA), and S. 395, sponsored by Sens. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and David Vitter (R-LA), are more commonly known as PUPS – the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act.

These bills would regulate dog owners who sell more than 50 dogs in a year.

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PA Families Afield Bill Clears` Senate Committee


Legislation in Pennsylvania to expand the state’s wildly popular Mentored Youth Hunting program unanimously cleared a key Senate committee this week.The bill, S.B. 623, was introduced by Senator’s Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte) and Wayne Fontana (D-Pittsburgh).  It would expand the current Mentored Youth Hunting program to allow adult participation.  Under the current program, only those 11 and younger are able to participate.  Mentored hunting – also known as Apprentice hunting – allows a newcomer to experience hunting under the watchful eye of an experienced mentor prior to the completion of a hunter education course.

Bill Requiring Animal Rights Training Withdrawn


Rhode Island House Bill 5731, sponsored by Representative Thomas Palangio (D-Providence), would have required all new animal control officers in the state be certified by the Department of Environmental Management.  Part of the certification would have included training based upon a curriculum developed in conjunction with the animal rights organization Defenders of Animals.The bill was recently withdrawn from consideration at the sponsor’s request.

Trailblazer Program Set for Record Year


With spring just around the corner, the Trailblazer Adventure Program has begun preparations for what is to be the most successful season to date, with more than 150 events expected to take place between now and the fall season.Beginning in 2001 with a single event held near Atlanta, Georgia, the program has grown to over 700 events held in 48 different states across the country.  Last year alone, the Trailblazer Adventure Program reached more than 225,000 youth and their families, making the programs total reach to over 1.5 million participants.

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