No More Dog “Ownership” in Wisconsin?

February 27, 2010 at 1:29 pm 7 comments

Loretta Baughan over at the Spaniel Journal has a new article up on proposed legislative efforts by the Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to remove animals from the realm of property law in Wisconsin.

Proposed LRB-0677/2, creates new legal definitions, applying only to animal-related situations, that will eliminate the need for fact-based evidence in the seizure of property and allow subjective standards to be used as the basis for action. It would eliminate existing provisions that seized animals be held in custody until the owner is convicted, dismissed or found not guilty and allow animal protection organizations to immediately euthanize, sell or sterilize seized animals as they wish.

If HSUS and DCHS are successful in their legislative bid – a disgruntled neighbor could report you to a publicity-hungry local animal rights group for ‘abuse’ based entirely on subjective standards. The animal rightists can then show up at your door, legally seize your animals – and kill or sell them before you even have a chance to prove that you’re innocent.

Go, read the whole thing. And if you live in Wisconsin and own (or ever plan to own) animals – call your legislators now.

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  • 1. Rob McMillin  |  February 27, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    They can’t be serious.

  • 2. C. Corax  |  February 28, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I was hoping you or the Spaniel Journal site would link to the text of the proposed legislation. I prefer to read actual legislation, rather than someone’s (usually anti-, but sometimes–rarely–pro-) interpretation. I’ve searched on Wisconsin legislation LRB-0677/2; on dane county humane society LRB-0677/2 (and looked at their site); and on humane society of the united states LRB-0677/2. The only results are blogs quoting each other.

    Can you provide a link to the text of the proposed legislation?

  • 3. SmartDogs  |  February 28, 2010 at 10:36 am

    You won’t find a link at the legislature site because the bill doesn’t have a sponsor yet. We’ll post a link to text once we get access.

  • 4. Helen  |  March 1, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Why hasn’t a poll been started in Wisc. from the voters? Pre-empting this garbage might be of value.

  • 5. Eric Hammer  |  March 1, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Wow, “…that will eliminate the need for fact-based evidence in the seizure of property and allow subjective standards to be used as the basis for action…” is one of the scarier things I have read in a while. That any punishing government action can be taken based not on facts but rather subjective standards is really frightening, and the fact the law wouldn’t even require waiting until the owner goes to trial, assuming guilt, is even worse. (I debated whether I needed to add “punishing” as a qualifier to “government action” there.)

    The possible implications are mind boggling. I think you are quite correct that this will result in animals being taken and killed or sold for completely ridiculous reasons, especially given the long period from indictment to conviction or aquittal. It took 2 months to get a court date for my last traffic ticket, so I can only imagine how long it takes for this sort of trial.

    If this is passed, I wonder how long it will take for random farms to have their live stock seized and sold as animal rights activists with a tool in office start filing complaints. A few dollars making their way back to said tool from the sale of the “poor animals” seems likely as well.

  • 6. Mongo  |  March 3, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Can anyone guess the genesis of this?
    Was there some huge resource tapping puppymill bust or something?
    Because Wisconsin is THE DAIRY STATE- chock full of farmers with very expensive, income producing livestock the State takes great pride in- and they are not going to take this lying down…….

  • 7. Candace Ware  |  May 12, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Hi, Janeen —

    Candy from Wisconsin here, don’t know if you remember me, but I remember you! We met a couple times at Sharon Larsen’s, and at an e-collar thing in Phillips, and maybe another time?

    Anyway, I just saw this on your blog today. Do you know what ever happened with it? I’ll do some poking around, but figured I’d also ask since I need to subscribe to the blog anyway and commenting is one way to do that.

    Hope Minnesota is treating you guys well!

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