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Thread: Massachusetts Bill Allows Animal Rights Activists to Sue Sportsmen

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    Default Massachusetts Bill Allows Animal Rights Activists to Sue Sportsmen

    http://www.ussportsmen.org/legislati...sue-sportsmen/

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    Posted on March 1, 2013

    Massachusetts State Senator Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford) recently introduced a bill that would allow private individuals to file a lawsuit for the “protection and humane treatment of animals.” This is of great concern for all sportsmen, farmers, and dog owners.

    Animal cruelty is already a crime in Massachusetts just as it is across the country. Animal cruelty laws are enforced by experienced law enforcement officers, including local police forces and animal control officers, who are trained on what is and is not animal cruelty under the law and how to spot it.

    Senate Bill 767 would end this proven system and instead give private citizens the ability to sue animal owners over what they perceive to be “animal cruelty” under the law.

    “Under this bill, animal rights activists would be able to sue anyone – including sportsmen, farmers, and dog owners – whenever and wherever they think animal cruelty is being committed,” said Evan Heusinkveld, USSA’s Director of Government Affairs. “This could force sportsmen and women who have done nothing wrong to spend thousands of dollars to defend themselves against animal rights zealots looking to take them to court.”

    For example, if an animal rights activist thinks common dog training practices—such as using a shock collar or tethering—are inhumane, they would now be able to sue the sporting dog owner or trainer claiming animal cruelty. Likewise, an activist that disapproves of certain farming practices could sue farmers for the practices they consider cruel. Even if a judge ultimately throws out the case, the animal’s owner will likely have had to spend a good deal of money and time fighting the bogus lawsuit.

    “Enforcement of animal cruelty laws should be left in the hands of trained law enforcement officers and not be given to animal rights activists to harass law-abiding animal owners and private citizens,” said Heusinkveld.

    Massachusetts sportsmen and dog owners should contact their state senators and tell them to oppose this dangerous bill. Use USSA’s Legislative Action Center to find your state senator’s contact information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbr View Post
    This country is becoming increasingly unrecognisable.
    That it is.....

    Ironically, the same people who would be suing dog trainers and owners are the same people who support abortion on demand. Talk about unrecongnisable.....a crime to shock a dog with a collar, but legal to abort a fetus at any and every stage of pregnancy.....

    smh....

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    The country is upside down.

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    You got that right !

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    No matter what these activists do or charge they have to prove their case before the courts. You are right it is unfortunate!IMO
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    Someone introduce another bill that allows greater power to counter frivolous suits and then squash this MA. thing.
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    I agree on this country being unrecognizable.......Holy Cow, everyday is something else

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacduck View Post
    Someone introduce another bill that allows greater power to counter frivolous suits and then squash this MA. thing.
    Some states are.Its called tort reform.But dont look for any liberally controlled states to enact this!

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    I doubt that bill will make it off the senate floor. That's just some senator trying to kiss butt to get votes from a of group people in his district that have been lobbying him to propose this.
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