selling animals from federally licensed breeders. Instead, the animals would have to come from a shelter or rescue. Now, of course, there are some concerns with this type of law. According to Protect the Harvest, this lawwould take “away a buyer’s freedom of choice, as well as any consumer protections previously offered by USDA licensed breeders. These consumer protections include ’true to breed’ temperaments, health clearances, and some states offer ‘Pet Protection’ policies that refund the purchase price and veterinary care if the dog falls ill immediately after bringing it home. The same cannot be said for animals sourced from rescues or shelters, simply because they, more often than not, come with little knowledge of their history. Some are even imported from outside the U.S.” (“Threats”). But I’m in support of Americans having the right to choose where their next animal comes from. The Humane Watch makes it clear that “animal owners and animal related businesses are under attack by those who seek to eliminate animal ownership and eliminate animal enterprise in America. Powerful, organized interests are using bully tactics or the force of government to push their radical animal rights agenda on law abiding animal owners and animal related businesses” (“Cavalry Group”). We can’t allow them to take away our right to own and breed animals. Protect the Harvest believes that “we must stand united to protect our freedoms. We can do this by supporting agriculture, land use, hunting and fishing, animal ownership, and animal welfare. Standing united helps us all to respond to laws, regulations, or misinformation that would negatively impact animal welfare and animal ownership, restrict our rights, and limit our freedoms. It’s important to work together and stay educated to prevent animal rights groups from gaining any more ground furthering their agenda. These groups work with a ‘Divide & Conquer’ mentality. It does not matter what group you fall under, if it has to do with agriculture or animals, you are affected” (“Stand United”). There is no doubt in my mind that Anthony McReynolds would tell you that Raiderwas life changing. That last chance, last picked dog was paired with Anthony for a reason. Proverbs 16:4 states that “The Lord has made everything for its own purpose...” (Proverbs 16:4, ESV) and I believe that Raider was born for Anthony. We must continue to tell this story to others so that we, as an industry, can continue to fight those that don’t understand what we do. References Animal Rights Group Creates Drama Over Wild Spayed Filly Futurity in Order to Fundraise. ( n. d.). Retrieved from protecttheharvest.com/news/ animal-rights-group-creates- drama-over-wild-spayed-filly-futurity-in-order-to- fundraise/. Animal Rights Trickery In Fundraising. (n.d.). Retrieved from
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