On February 3, 2020, Dog Fanciers just barely defeated Colorado HB 20-1084 (the so-called "Humane Pet Act") in the State House of Rural Affairs & Agriculture Committee by a 6-5 vote. Only a single Democrat crossed over to do the right thing.
This atrocious bill was much more than a wake-up call for all of us. Our very existence was at stake! However, we corrected the record and placed Retail Rescue on the defense. It was a victory. They may be nursing a black eye. However, they are now out for blood. They want a monopoly over the animal markets and they want to destroy us.
What a lot of Dog Fanciers are uncomfortable with is that our very existence IS at stake! In fact, we are now so under attack that if we do not win the war that has been declared upon us, we will quite literally lose everything. And THAT is exactly what they want.
Rescue Retail really does intend to profiteer at our expense. We are hated. Read any of their posts or articles and you will see just how much hate they have in their hearts for all of us. They will say and do anything to make us look bad. They lie. The cheat. And they do not sleep.
Whether we like it or not, We the Dog Fancy face an existential threat from an enemy that intends to end us.
The future will not be a good once they become our overlords.
Unfortunately, many of us Dog Fanciers have made the mistake of thinking that we are safe as so-called “hobby breeders”. We may procure an “exempt” status here ‘n there in some of these corrupt pieces of legislation, but that is all it really means. Your Rights and life have been relegated to a mere “exemption” status. You are an afterthought for the time being. And that can and will be taken away. We all know that the terms “puppy mill”, “backyard breeder”, etc. are fluid terms that can be used to brand us at any time, any place, and by anyone that seeks to exploit us and get us out of their way. So… the hard lesson is that we are not safe. Not. At. All.
I wrote the following to help the Dog Fancy understand Colorado HB 1084 and what they needed to know in order to defeat it. It speaks volumes about understanding the enemy we are facing. You will need it to arm yourselves with knowledge and talking points. I am also attaching a link to the recording of the hearing where I testified in opposition to HB 1084. I was the very last to testify at the hearing.
You can hear my short two-minute opening statement as well as my answer to a question about Retail Rescue starting at 5:11:30 on the timeline. I tried not to repeat or take away from the excellent testimony and facts that came from other patriots before me. Rather, my goal was to fill in some of the gaps from that day and provide an overall history and context. I really appreciated the opportunity to define and describe “Retail Rescue” to the legislators. In the days ahead, they will need to learn much more about this syndicate.
HB 1084 Outlaws Legitimate Animal Husbandry and Commerce and instead grants monopoly power to Retail Rescue and Militant Animal Rightist Activism.
Therefore, HB 1084 is an existential threat.
Retail Rescue Definition: Animal Rightists + Animal Shelters/Rescues = “Retail Rescue”.
They are all working together to appropriate and take over the pet market.
History: For years, Animal Rights Activists and their Retail Rescue counterparts in the Animal Shelter Industry have very carefully crafted and coordinated a false and malicious narrative that has been used very successfully to lobby for intrusive laws; which in turn have been used to greatly burden and harass legitimate breeders, commercial breeders, pet stores, and other Agriculture and Livestock related industries. This agenda has not merely enabled them to assault the legitimacy and insult the hard work we do. It has allowed them to warp State Law to chisel around the edges to encroach upon all animal ownership, agriculture, pets, and livestock. Now that it has just been introduced, HB1084 represents is the most aggressive attack to-date upon the legitimacy of Agriculture, Animal industries, the safety of Public and Animal Health, as well as the Rights of the breeder, producer, AND the consumer.
HB 1084 is a major priority!
It must be defeated at all costs.
Here are some talking points to defeat this bill:
I will repeat: You are NOT safe! None of us are. We must inform ourselves and each do our part to take the battle to them.
All the best and God Bless!
Nick Van Duren
See NAIA Letter in opposition to Colorado House Bill 20-1084
See American Kennel Club’s Opposition Letter to House Bill 20-1084
See “Report on the Importation of Live Dogs into the United States” by the USDA June 25, 2019
See USDA’s Operation Dog Catcher sting operations exposing Animal Shelter smuggling and sourcing from their own Foreign “puppy mill” suppliers
See ARTICLE that scratches the surface on the Retail Rescue problem in Colorado. However, according to the article, despite being a shill for Retail Rescue for years, PACFA apparently as the authority to pull a shelter’s license.
See Colorado PACFA Animal Shelter and Rescue Statistics