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Well, we made is though another year. Let’s hope 2019 will bring good things for everyone.


As we get started in 2019, the MPBA Education Convention and Trade Show will be March 8 and 9th. We are already getting the sponsorships and booth rentals in. And we are having new businesses calling and wanting in this year. So it looks like it will be even larger than before! And with that said, thank you to the members and everyone who attends and helps volunteer at it. This event is for all of you and the sponsors. So make plans now to attend and stock up on supplies; get your CEU’S, and meet up with old friends–or new ones. I think there might also be a few surprises this year that you don’t want to miss. Watch our Facebook page for more information and updates! Rodney and the Expo Committee are working hard to make this a great time. See everyone in March!

Kevin Beauchamp, MPBA President

from your Publicity Director

2018 has come to a close, and MPBA has made tremendous strides this past year. In looking over the volumes of materials required to publish your magazine,

I found one article that was not properly addressed. Kevin, Sue, Beverly, and I attended the 2018 fund raiser for the USAVeterans Hope Center to be set up on the old BBC property in Springfield, MO. Here we heard Kris “Tanto” Paronto, Benghazi Hero, speak in terms that were unbelievable. Missouri has an average suicide rate of 3x higher than the nation’s average suicide rate. Thank you to all the breeders that have given dogs to Woof for Vets, which helps our veterans. Sue and I traveled to Mt. Pleasant, TX to support our Texas dog breeders. Their show was growing as is their membership. The MMRB chapter of MPBA held their annual AG days the 13th of October. Well attended, it is always refreshing to see the youth participate in the sheep and goat show. They are our future in the ag industry which hopefully includes professional dog breeding. Kevin, Rodney and I met with our MO agricultural director, Chris Chin, to discuss some of our concerns with dog breeders being included in the agricultural community and on the websites featuring MO agriculture, as we are an integral part of the MO agricultural economy. Every face to face contact MPBA can make helps all dog breeders. The most uplifting, refreshing event I have ever attended was the FFA National Convention in Indy, IN. So many bright youngsters that are the future of agriculture. So many vendors that really were supportive of the agricultural industry. A collage of some of the convention are in this magazine along with the 6 speakers that will treat us with their ideas in their speeches at our annual banquet. “Can you imagine what the world would be like without dogs and animals?” We were the ONLY industry representative from the Professional Dog Breeders industry. I attended the Tri-State Breeders conference in Kansas and heard Dr. Kallum from Merck give a very informative speech, which he will share with us in March. The next weekend was the Northern OK chapter APRI dog show in Claremore, OK. I met new breeders that will hopefully join us in our March Convention. Speaking of Spring Convention... Invitations and invoices went out to more than 100 vendors and breeders on the 30th day of November. Last year, the usual comment was that we sold out on Friday. The 2018 convention was a barn burner success. Help make 2019 even better! As 2018 came to a close, all the chapters enjoyed the holiday season with some type of holiday cheer– usually the naughty Santa. As Mother Teresa said, “If you cannot feed many, feed just one.” Please take up your responsibility and do just one task to help MPBA grow. You are the future of our industry. You do have time to do your part!

Ann Quinn, MPBA Publicity Director



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Puppy Preparedness Breeders today face more challenges than ever from increased regulations in a more challenging marketplace. In order to combat these issues, breeders must supply quality puppies in great health, as this is themost important step to continued success. Quality of health in puppies starts months before a puppy is even born. Sires and bitches should be up to date on vaccinations and supplied with quality feeds to improve semen and egg quality, as well as their general health. Vaccination and deworming at appropriate times ensures the female is producing the best quality colostrum and is free of intestinal parasites, which can be passed to puppies. Colostrum serves an important role for puppies, both for its nutrient richness and the antibodies acquired from the mother that makes up the puppy’s immune system. Proper nutrition and vaccination allow her to make colostrum, rich in nutrients and full of antibodies that will keep puppy healthy. Providing a good start to a puppy’s life sets the course for the ultimate goal of finding it a forever home after it reaches eight weeks of age. This journey usually starts at four weeks of age (depending on the breed) by putting food out for them to begin the transition from mother’s milk to solid foods. (I personally believe this should be a dry food goal). There are many ways to start puppies on dry food, but one of my favorites is to set out dry puppy food with Pet’s Choice Pharmaceuticals’ Nutri-Vyte lightly spread over the top. This adds a sweet smell and even more taste to entice puppies to eat. I do not think a puppy should

be adopted without being able to eat on its own. This is vital to its health. If not properly introduced to dry food, a puppy can become hypoglycemic. Puppies need more than just good nutrition to thrive. They require proper vaccinations as well. Protection from mother can go only so far, and depending on environmental risk factors, vaccinations may need to start as early as four weeks. This needs to be discussed with your attending veterinarian and carried out every litter. Getting too relaxed about giving vaccines ends up causing serious trouble in the dog’s life. My final piece of advice is to be honest about the puppy’s health with the people adopting their new family member. You are the source of knowledge and the expert on this animal. One of the biggest problems I see after the puppy is adopted develops from misunderstood vaccination records. The new owners are told the puppy has received all its puppy shots and is “good to go”. The real fact is the puppy should receive two or even three more vaccinations on top of the Rabies shot, which cannot be administered at the time of adoption. Let the new owners know the puppy’s feeding schedules, the type of food fed, and the veterinary care the animal has received to this point. You can be an advocate for the puppy’s long-term health. We all play a part in a new puppy’s health. From breeder and veterinarian to their new forever family, communication and education will ensure many more puppies enjoy a life full of health and happiness.

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How to Wean Puppies

My First Litter Puppies are weaned when they are independent of mom and are not nursing at all. We want to transition this gradually until they don’t need mom. You don’t want to pull mom away suddenly, that causes issues. Weaning can be stressful if not managed for an effective smooth transition to solid food. When to Start Weaning Puppies Weaning starts when a puppy starts eating solid food or gruel. The cells of the puppy’s gut need to be turned on and modify their enzymes to allow them to be able to digest more complex proteins, fats and carbohydrate than in milk. During weaning, digestive upset can happen and the stress of weaning can lower immune function. This makes puppies prone to URI or diarrhea. Except for tiny breeds, puppies begin to need more nutrients than mom can provide at three to four weeks of age. When giant breeds reach three weeks of age, they begin to crave more calories. At this point they will eat gruel and start changing their digestive process to solid food. When it comes time to feed the gruel, put it in a flat pan and lock mom out. The puppies will get messy the first few times so when they are done, turn mom back in and she will clean them up by licking them. Puppies think they are getting cleaned up because “mom likes me best” and mom likes the gruel so it’s a win-win. The goal is to slowly increase the gruel twice a day. This will back them off their dependence on mom’s milk. Usually mom is removed during the day and placed back with puppies at night. Everyone is different but limiting access to mom makes puppies move to gruel and away from milk. What to Feed Weaning Puppies Puppy food soaked with water and milk replacer for flavor is the recipe for a tasty puppy gruel. In addition, keep dry puppy food available and some will nibble on it throughout the day. As puppies increase their solid food consumption, they change the gut cells to digest puppy food. Put more and more gruel and kibble in front of them and have mom leave for longer periods of time during the day until one day mom nurses in the morning and does not return. Mom’s milk production will decrease with less being asked of her and her glands will dry up and shrink to her body. Giving Breeders’ Edge Wean Help once a day for seven days will help puppies turn on their gut cells for solid food digestion. Problem puppies should get Wean Help twice a day to encourage moving to solid food. All small breeds or any puppy with issues should be onWean Help to prevent fatty liver syndrome at weaning. Mixing Doc Roy’s GI Synbiotics Granules into the puppy gruel will also help prevent digestive upset and diarrhea during this changing of function for the GI tract. Offering gruel early is the most helpful way I have found to eliminate the puppies’ stress of being separated from mom. Always offer an alternative source of easy-to-digest, appetizing calories such as gruel. Problems Weaning Puppies When weaning, watch for the puppy that does not do well off mom. One option is to wean most of the litter but leave mom with two puppies for one extra week if needed. That is okay and desirable if one of the puppies is slow to transition to solid food.

Puppies should continue to gain weight during weaning. If you notice a puppy not gaining or losing weight during weaning, give us a call and we can help. How to Care for Mom While Weaning Puppies During weaning, mom should be monitored. She should have no discharge from her vulva during weaning. At this point, we want her to shrink her mammary gland up to her body, except for her prominent nipples. We want no sign that she raised and weaned a litter. If, a few days before removing the puppies, you notice mom has several mammary glands that are still hanging down, that indicates mom did not dry up well. To help correct this, give her a lower calorie maintenance food for a few days before removing the puppies. This helps back off milk production. For a heavy milking mom, we may have to remove food for 24 hours when the puppies are removed to back off milking. The back pressure from not nursing will stop milk production totally and her glands will shrink. You want to be sure she is trying to dry up before you remove puppies. A full breast is painful and prone to mastitis. Is the Puppy Ready for a New Home? Puppies are generally easy to please and adapt well if they are provided with nutrition, comfortable sleep and security. However, there are some things to look for that would indicate a puppy isn’t quite ready for a new home. Number one is if the puppy is not gaining weight and eating well. Don’t send a puppy to a new home if he isn’t eating and gaining weight. Socialization is also important, along with ensuring the puppy is ready to fight any diseases or parasites it may become exposed to. This is easily done through management with vaccines and dewormers. Putting Together a Puppy Starter Pack You want to set your puppies and their new families up for success. Putting together a puppy starter pack can help achieve this. The My Puppy Guide booklet gives training tips for new puppy owners and tips on how to deal with puppy behavior appropriately. Many breeders include this 25-page booklet as part of their puppy starter pack. It’s also a good idea to give new owners a guarantee on the puppy’s health, a sample of the diet you use, a health record and a list explaining what you do for the puppy. It’s also important to tell new puppy owners that they need to stay away from dog parks until the 12-week booster vaccine is in and effective. Exposure to disease increases as puppies go out into the world and we don’t want to take any chances. And, don’t forget to give them our number as well. Just like we’ve helped you along the way, we are always happy to help new puppy owners as well. Any questions? Give our knowledgeable Pet Care Pros a call at 800.786.4751. -Dr. B

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A nimal R ights : T he H istory and N ature of the B east By: Patti Strand Date: 02/16/1993 Category: | Animal Rights Extremism | Animal Rights vs Animal Welfare

The “humane movement” has been hijacked, radicalized and rerouted! Started more than a hundred years ago, this movement traditionally was concerned with the humane treatment of animals. In the last 20 years, however, it has been taken over by animal rights leaders whose priority is neither the humane care of animals nor the prevention of cruelty to animals, but instead, the promotion of a revolutionary value system which redefined man’s relationship with other animals. Animal rightists want to end man’s use of animals altogether. For those who are not involved with animals, the concept of danger from the humane movement’s organized lunatic fringe may still seem remote, but to people who are daily involved with animals through professional, scientific, sporting, livestock or other pursuits, the tactics used by these radicals to push their views and raise money are no longer dismissed lightly. These tactics include firebombings, burglary and attempted murder. They include the covert infiltration and takeover of organizations with differing views - redirecting their agendas and treasuries, corporate raider style, in the process. Tactics also include prospecting for likely fundraising targets: institutions, individuals or newsworthy issues which can be exploited and sold to the public as representing cruelty to animals or damaging to the environment. Once the target is located, tactics such as sensational media exposes’ and/or ad campaigns, which include systematic defamation or gross misrepresentation may be used to create public outrage and bring in the money. And bring in the money it does! The most visible and active 26 animal protection, welfare and rights groups had budgets totaling a whopping $577 million in 1989 according to their 1990 IRS tax forms. Animal rights tactics are specifically designed to give the animal rightists the opportunity and freedom to express lies, while preventing others from speaking the truth. They are designed to intimidate non- believers into fear-based tolerance of the cult of animal rights, thereby enabling the movement to amass ever-greater political and financial clout. The movement now claims a record 10 million followers in the United States who have been recruited over decades of reworking and refining old ideas. Some of these ideas were strongly represented in Nazi Germany. Both Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering were openly pro- animal, anti-vivisectionist, and vegetarian. Nazism, like animal rightist philosophy, was also based in moral, intellectual and political elitism. Today’s animal rightist cult is clearly a stepchild of Nazism, but is a close relative, too, of the modern Green Movement which first emerged in West Germany as a political force in the 70’s. It is also a direct descendant and export of the animal rights version perfected and field-tested in England in the mid-70’s and early 80’s. The Greens included a number of veteran Nazis and Hitler Youth, as well as a broad-based coalition featuring other politically frustrated factions. These disparate groups included Marxists, ecologists, anti- nuclear activists, feminists and others who believed that current social and political institutions needed to be replaced. The historical thread shared with today’s movement is anti-democratic and downright anarchist sentiments, combined with moral elitism. The important difference today is that the movement is driven by a high-tech strategy. In order to understand the modern animal rights movement as it functions in NorthAmerica, it’s helpful to focus on two British groups who mushroomed in the 70’s. These groups, the ”Hunt Saboteurs Association”

and “Band of Mercy” generated a new and extreme animal liberation philosophy that used terrorism and violence as a means to achieving their end. Through their actions, the English landscape suddenly became a war zone where animal zealots routinely torched medical laboratories, firebombed fur-selling department stores, and initiated attacks against fur and butcher shops. The groups targeted animals used in entertainment, too, and one long-dead statesman was dug up because, in the zealots view, his reputation needed “public reassessment” in light of his history as a hunter. By the mid-70’s, the Hunt Saboteurs were operating as the Animal Liberation Front (or as it signs its work in the United States, the “A.L.F.”). It is the terrorist wing of the animal rights movement. Animal welfare, antivivisection and animal rights philosophies are all American imports from England. After they arrived, these concepts gathered followers slowly in the typical American “you have a right to your own belief” melting-pot style. As distinguished from animal welfare, and to lesser extent antivivisection, animal rights has a philosophy which is absolutist: it recruits members in a style that is a blend of “electronic church” and “Madison Avenue” and has a militant arm to enforce its dogma. It received an unexpected, tailor-made jump start on American soil. Several elements worked together to legitimize and popularize the movement. First, with the Viet NamWar over, young people were ripe for new causes. Next, the environmental movement linked animal protection with other already popular ecological causes. Last, and perhaps most important, the Australian philosopher, Peter Singer, introduced a book which is now considered to be the fountainhead of animal rights philosophy, Animal Liberation. It gave the activists a simple argument to support their beliefs and it gave intellectuals a basis from which civilized debate could proceed. Singer, though a late-comer to the group, is one of the so-called “Oxford ethical vegetarians,” credited collectively with founding the modern “animal rights movement.” Of special significance is Singer’s popularization of the term “speciesism,” which animal rightists used to indicate “racism” against species other than one’s own and which Singer claims is immoral and indefensible! Simply put, the main tenet of Animal Liberation is, “If you wouldn’t do it to a human, you shouldn’t do it to an animal.” Non-human animals deserve equal rights in terms of consideration of their interests. Biblical dominion and stewardship be damned, animals have the right not to be used or bothered by humans in any way. In the second edition of Animal Liberation, Singer argues - against the historical backdrop of the intervening 15 years of ongoing and increasing animal rights violence - that a person’s obligation to obey the law is not absolute. Interestingly, Singer is also the author of a book titled Democracy and Disobedience. Linking the 70’s and 80’s, and environmental causes with animal rights extremism, and England with the North American continent, Alex Pacheco (founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - PETA) boarded the Sea Shepherd, a ship previously owned by Greenpeace, piloted by Greenpeace co-founder Paul Watson, and set sail for adventure harassing whaling vessels. On this voyage, Fund for Animals, Cleveland Armory’s group, the group for which Kim Sturla is nowWestern Director, was the host; Fund for Animals was the owner of the Sea Shepherd at the time. The possibility of creating a media event loomed large on the horizon, and predictably the Sea Shepherd became newsworthy when it 8

rammed and nearly sank a whaler on the high seas. After the ramming, many of the crew wound up in jail and Alex went to England where he spent time with animalist, Kim Stallwood. The English anarchist, Ronnie Lee, is considered the founder of the Animal Liberation Front, but for American students of the movement, Lee’s rival, Kim Stallwood (who is now PETA’s Executive Director) is the better known of the two. Immediately following Pacheco’s return from England, Alex and Ingrid Newkirk found and incorporated PETA. Within a few years, Stallwood was brought to America to train them in English techniques and serve as PETA’s Executive director. In England, Kim Stallwood led the radical takeover of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection. Under his leadership, the Union became a radical organization that encouraged mass civil disobedience, created public fanfare and attracted continuous media attention. Clearly, the animal rights “business profile” was taking shape. Stallwood’s influence in North America could be felt when PETA slates began systematically gobbling up humane organizations. The Toronto Humane Society takeover came complete with a treasury of $14 million. A few years after it takeover, the “Globe and Mail” reported that The Toronto Humane Society had changed membership criteria. The new guidelines discriminated against “professions” it deemed to be cruel to animals: pet breeders, trappers and hunters! The infiltration and takeover tactics continued: the New EnglandAnti-vivisection Society followed suit with a $8 million treasury balance. Today, antivivisection organizations with close bonds to PETA include the National Anti-Vivisection Society, the American Anti-Vivisection Society and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Other organizations, such as Fund for Animals, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and Friends of Animals have variously played cooperative or supportive roles. The influence-gaining tactics systematically continue today on a much larger scale. But it’s not just humane societies they’re infiltrating. It’s every institution where propaganda has the potential of reaching a large, “open” audience. A document titled Becoming an Activist: PETA’s Guide to Animal Rights Organizing offers specific instructions on how to infiltrate target organizations. All across the country, animal rights messages are finding their way into schools through text books and zealotized teachers. The Encyclopedia Brittanica contains entries on dogs from the Humane Society of the United States executive, Dr. Michael Fox. PETA and Earth Share have been added as charitable recipients to the Combined Federal Campaign’s roster of eligible charities. Evidence of new in-roads pop up practically every day. The animal rights movement continuously spawns niche groups and spinoffs which share the philosophy but carry on specific, supporting activities. Take, for example, a group called the Physicians’Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Dr. Neal Barnard, president of PCRM, has also served as a cross-over board member for the New England Anti-Vivisection Society mentioned earlier, and he acts as chief medical advisor to PETA. In this capacity he serves as the movement’s medical “legitimizer.” As an example, the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine “legitimizes’ itself to the public by the common interpretation of the language used in it title, but does not actively publicize that only about 3% of its members are actually physicians. A group of special interest to veterinarians and dog and cat breeders is the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights, AVAR, which is headed by Dr. Nedim Buyukmihci. Neither the percentage nor the total number of veterinarians belonging to AVAR is easy to verify. AVAR is listed in PETA’s book, SAVE THE ANIMALS! 101 Easy Things You Can Do. Dr. Ned (as he is commonly known) is married to Kim Sturla,

promoter of the famous San Mateo spay/neuter proposal. In 1989, Dr. Buyukmihci filed a lawsuit against University of California of Davis. In part, the suit alleged that the University threatened to fire him because he exercised his right to free speech. Throughout the movement lawsuits are initiated by animal rightists to ensure their basic First Amendment rights. It is curious that members of a movement so full of anti-democratic sentiment and so willing to declare others guilty without due process, would so easily use “their own” democratic rights as both sword and shield in the battle. PETAwas found guilty by unanimous verdict of defamation of character in the Las Vegas trial brought buy entertainer, Bobby Berosini ( a verdict which required the jury to find that they had knowingly, willfully and maliciously made false statements). On appeal, PETA argues first amendment rights! Another well-known animal rights group is the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Its budget last year was nearly $19 million - more than the American Civil Liberties Union! The word “humane” leads people to confuse this institution’s goals with traditional animal welfare, but HSUS vice president, Dr. Michael Fox, told “Newsweek” in 1988 that “Humane care is simply sentimental, sympathetic patronage.” As a sign of the times, the 1991 Encyclopedia Brittanica includes comments on dogs from Dr. Fox. Some of these comments fall into the category of propaganda rather than unbiased information. Another HSUS celebrity is “ethical vegetarian,” John McArdle, PhD. According to an article in the August, 1986 “Washingtonian,” he proposed the substitution of brain- dead humans for animals in surgical research: “It may take people awhile to get used to the idea,” he admits, “but once they do, the savings in animal lives will be substantial.” The Humane Society of the United States, despite its claims to the contrary, is a radical animal rights organization. A group of special interest to anyone who happens to disagree with animal rights philosophy is the Animal Liberation Front (ALF). The media portrays them as the true lunatic fringe of the animal rights movement, and for good reason: ALF claims credit for theft, criminal acts, property destruction and is listed as a terrorist organization by the FBI: The ALF is believed to be responsible for over 100 criminal acts, some classified as terrorist, totaling $10 million. When ALF members appear to act on their own, as a separate group, it limits the liability of the whole movement to an “invisible underground” segment. Upon examination, however, many students of the movement note that this “separate underground” picture tends to blur. Where do these terrorists come from? If they are truly separate, and the animal rights leadership is truly unaccountable for their actions, how is it that “The Animals’ Agenda” magazine (May 1988) chose to print the following ALF communiqué in which others were invited to join: “…There are few of us, but we know there are many more waiting for the call. This is that call. We have liberated thousands of animals and destroyed their torture chambers - with your help we can further slow the human cancer.” (The name of practically every major animal rights’ leader has appeared in an advisory or board member capacity for “The Animals’ Agenda” magazine sometime during the last several years.) Why, if ALF is truly separate, does PETA act as their public relations firm, distributing “stolen” film footage to the media after criminal raids? Why is it that so many in the animal rights leadership refuse to publicly condemn violence? Why does PETA produce pamphlets which point out that laws once obeyed may not be consistent with “higher law,” and offer “education” on the effectiveness of the police and legal systems prior to the commission of a crime? And why is it that in the newsletter of a local animal rights club, the only ALF member ever caught and convicted for criminal ALF activities, is listed as a volunteer? This “seamless web” of animal activism suggests that PCRM’s Dr. 9

Barnard is not the only person working in crossover membership capacity with other groups. “Full-Time Fanatic” is a term which has found apt usage in describing an advocate-by-day and possible criminal at night. Twenty-four hour duty and mutual interests between animal activist groups seems to work well. If the ALF succeeds in reducing the number of grant applications for laboratory animal testing, the whole movement benefits (and is not liable). If the ALF succeeds in discouraging fur farming, the movement inches forward. By contrast, the other end of the spectrum is occupied by an estimated 90-95% of the people who identify with animal rights causes and do so because they truly love animals. They are sincerely motivated to alleviate animal cruelty and are likely to have joined the movement due to their heart-felt response to graphic portrayals of animal suffering (The September 7, 1991 issue of the “National Journal” states that PETA raised $9 million off of direct mail pitches last year). These supporters don’t realize that their $5 or $10 donation disappears into a minimally accountable fund raising abyss, or that the organization is using its tax- exempt status to rake in every possible form of monetary advantage - or that the movement is connected to a terrorist arm. The vast majority of people who support animal rights, a recent study suggests, do so inadvertently because the animal rightists have conveniently not explained the chasm that lies between rights and welfare philosophies. That is, they identify compassionately with a single issue or perhaps a couple of issues, but aside from recognizing the jargon of the movement, they have little idea of the extreme and often violent agenda tacitly approved by their leadership. The money rolls in when a compassionate person accepts any portion of the program. Membership applications and fund raising questionnaires contain questions which clearly separate “be-kind-to-animal” types from “eco-kamikaze warrior” types. Through pre-screening, this cult-like organization is able to show each new “member” an agenda that best suits his or her specific capacity for support, zealotry or violence.

I encourage you to visit with your Legislators about the importance of these bills and how they affect you and your business operation! Legislators face hundreds of issues each session, and hearing from their constituents helps them have a better understanding of how their decisions affect each of you. Making a trip to the Capitol either individually or as a group several times a session can make a difference! Session will end on Friday, May 17th. I am very optimistic about a great session and looking forward to working with you on your issues! Session ends on Friday May 18th at 6 p.m. Would love to have all of you come visit with your Legislators at the Capitol at any time. Thanks for the opportunity to represent the Missouri Pet Breeder in Jefferson City! Tony Dugger Regardless of the beliefs and feelings a person holds about the humane care of animals, medical testing, cosmetic testing, hunting, leg- hold traps, etc., unless he also believes in “the ends justifies the means,” mode of behavior, he should reassess his animal rights affiliations. There is nothing ethical or legal that can be done on behalf of animals on the “animal rights side of the issue that can’t be done on the “animal welfare” side as well. To support animal rights while its most visible leaders are unwilling to unequivocally condemn violence, is to support a way of life and a mode of operation that is in direct opposition to all the hard-earned progress made over thousands of years on behalf of human rights. This is a trade-off we cannot tolerate. In the long run, it does nothing to help animals and everything to oppress people. To those who perceive the threat of animal extremism as ridiculous, please recall the rise of the other movement this century which preached the giving of rights to animals: German Nazism. When you do this you will see in the American version, too, a decidedly anti-human element. You will find that here, also, it is impossible to give an animal rights without first taking them away from humans. You will recognize a band of moral elitists who know exactly which groups should be deprived of rights and in what order. You will see an enforcement arm that is willing to forcibly deprive these selected and prejudged individuals and groups of their rights through acts of terrorism. And you will learn that their cause has much less to do with the elimination of animal suffering than it has to do with the coercion and elimination of opposing attitudes. Instead of a commitment to animals, you will find that the animal rights cause is led by politically savvy individuals who have created a self-perpetuating money-making and power-mongering machine: one which is accountable to no one and which benefits from the intimidation and terrorist tactics of a group of criminals that its leadership does not condemn or denounce. This article originally appeared in the September 1992 issue of Kennel Review

REPORT FROM THE CAPITOL On January 9th, Missouri reached a milestone as it kicked off the first regular session of the 100th General Assembly in Missouri. Legislature and we are excited to have her carrying this important legislation in the Missouri Senate.

As session begins, the Missouri Capitol is undergoing a full exterior renovation for the first time since the building’s original construction in 1917. The scheduled completion date is December 2020. There will be 60 new members in the Missouri House and 9 new members in the Missouri Senate, with the Republicans holding super majorities in both chambers. MPBA is working this session to change the law regarding the confiscation of animals. HB 204 was pre-filed by Representative Sonya Anderson (R-131). Representative Anderson has been a great friend of the MPBA and has worked on this issue for the past few years with success in getting it passed out of the House. Senator Sandy Crawford (R-28) pre-filed SB 115, which is identical to the house bill. Senator Crawford has been a champion for the MPBA over her tenure in the



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2018 N ational FFA C onvention M issouri H ighlights

National FFA Convention Record Attendance: 69,944

9 Missouri FFA members were awarded the Honorary American Degree, received for providing exceptional agricultural service on a national level.

American Star Farmer Winner awarded to Austin Stanton of Centralia FFA, received for top production agriculture supervised agricultural experience in the nation.

Paris FFA was recognized as a Top Ten Chapter in the nation in the Model of Excellence area.

518 Missouri FFA members were awarded the American FFA Degree, the most of these degrees ever received by one state. The American Degree is the highest degree that can be bestowed on an FFA member, received for dedication to the recipient’s FFA chapter and state association, outstanding leadership ability, and community involvement.

Record National Membership: 669,989

31 Missouri Chapters received a 3-Star Rating, the highest chapter rating awarded.

Marshall FFA was recognized as the Overall Top Chapter in the nation, in the Model of Excellence within the National Chapter Award Program.


Bernese Mountain Dog Breed History

In the course of time, the sport of dogs has developed a way to judge and evaluate its breeding stock. Each breed has a set standard by which it is judged. The standards are generally purpose driven, and, depending on the breed, sometimes fashion driven, the latter not being preferred in a working dog. Standards of dogs from non-English speaking countries may suffer from inaccuracies or misunderstanding in translation to English. For instance, what one

his owner to unfamiliar visitors. It may have been used as a dog to pull a cart. A large dog, well-muscled and with sturdy bone, was needed for this task. It may have been used to accompany cows to pasture, but not for long distances as dogs which work on a range. As most Swiss farmers had a small number of cows, the dog was not required to manage large herds. The BMD was not a herding dog for sheep and goats, as these animals were not usually

culture understands as a guard dog, another understands as a watchdog, and yet another understands as a watchful dog. It is to be noted that Swiss farms are very different from American farms. In the case of the Bernese Mountain Dog, the AKC standard was originally a direct translation from the FCI standard at the time of recognition, 1937. The first BMDCA revision, made in 1980, and the second, made in 1990, reflected changes in the FCI standard as well as incorporation of AKC requirements. Major changes included raising the height on the lower end and adding a section on movement.

kept on Bernese farms except in very small numbers. In other parts of Switzerland, especially in the alpine regions, such tasks were done by smaller, quicker dogs such as the Appenzeller and Entlebucher. The temperament of the Bernese Mtn. Dog was never to be sharp or shy. The history of the breed, therefore, is one of a watchful farm dog. Those fanciers who wish to have conformation dogs or obedience or draft or agility or tracking or herding dogs would be wise to heed the heritage of the breed and mind that this

is not a breed of any one specific sport but is a Swiss farmer’s companion.


The historical essence of the Bernese Mountain Dog is that it has been a farm dog of the midland regions of Switzerland, mostly around the city of Berne. In that capacity, it was primarily used as a companion and watchdog to the farmer and his family. It alerted

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Kris Paronto: Biography

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Kris Paronto – “Tanto,” as he is fondly known by in security contracting circles – is a former Army Ranger from the 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and a private security contractor who has deployed throughout South America, Central America, the Middle East, and North Africa. He also worked with the US Government’s Global Response Staff conducting low profile security in high threat environments throughout the world.

Mr. Paronto was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the US Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, September 11, 2012, helping to save over 20 lives while fighting off terrorists attacking the CIAAnnex for over 13 hours. Mr. Paronto’s story is told in the book 13 Hours, written by Mitchell Zuckoff and the five surviving annex security team members. Kris has also just released his personal memoir entitled The Ranger Way. Mr. Paronto has been involved in security operations in hostile environments for over 10 years. His team’s involvement with the September 11, 2012, attack on the US special mission in Benghazi, Libya, was paramount in the saving of US lives and assets. He is a proven leader, teammate, and friend to those who have deployed with him, plus a devout father to three children. His motto is John 15:13: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” In THE RANGER WAY, Tanto shares stories from his training experiences that played a role in his team’s heroic response in Benghazi as he explains the importance of demanding excellence when you commit to improving your

life. He shows you how to define your mission, set goals that are in alignment with your values, and develop a battle plan that will maximize your chances of success. You will learn why you should never quit and why that is different from never failing. Tanto uses his experiences in Basic and Ranger Training to explore how to deal with mistakes and disappointment like a leader, accept responsibility, and turn every obstacle into an opportunity for growth. You

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