Maryland House Bill 912 Strives To Give Dogs Same Rights As Humans
This article was taken from the USSA’s website:
Maryland House Bill 912, sponsored by Delegate A. Wade Kach (R- Cockeysville), attempts to redefine the relationship between a dog and its owner. The bill deletes all references to dog ownership in current law and replaces those with dog guardianship language. Under the bill, a person who has a dog will no longer be considered a dog “owner” but would instead be considered a dog “guardian.”
In other areas of law a person who is a “guardian” has an extremely high responsibility for the person in their care.
“Guardian language is intended to apply to people and not animals,” said Evan Heusinkveld, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance director of state services. “HB 912 is the first step in elevating the legal status of animals to the same level as people.”
The bill could be interpreted to allow animal rights organizations to:
• Use the “guardian” designation to force new, unreasonable standards of care on dog owners that go far above current laws;
• Open the door for lawsuits against dog “guardians” on behalf of their dog; and
• Use the new language to try and overturn well settled law that designates dogs as personal property.
“This bill isn’t about ensuring dogs are treated well. There are already laws on the books to do that,” said Heusinkveld. “It is part of a broader, radical animal rights agenda meant to elevate all animals to person-hood status in the law. All sportsmen need to speak up and help stop this bill.”
A hearing has been schedule on the bill in Maryland’s House Committee on Environmental Matters on Thursday, March 1st at 1:00 p.m. The hearing will take place in Room 250 (second floor) of the House of Delegates in Annapolis.
All sportsmen/hunters please contact Maryland Delegate A. Wade Kach (R- Cockeysville), and voice your opposition of his sponsored bill 912. Click here on his email address now: [email protected]
Also contact these Maryland Senators and voice your disapproval now.
MD Senator Ben Cardin (D): http://www.cardin.senate.gov/contact/
MD Senator Barbara Mikulski (D): http://www.mikulski.senate.gov/contact/
All sportsmen/hunters in Maryland and throughout America need to contact the state of MD and voice your opposition of bill 912. This is exactly what animal rights activists are striving for. Their overall goal is for animals to have equal rights with humans. Please voice your opinion of disapproval. We can’t allow this bill to go through, if it does what’s next. Wildlife with equal rights? – Hunters Against PETA