Rescue: Those pesky Regulations!

Many have been wondering about rescues with the new regulations that have been imposed on home breeders by the USDA APHIS.  I’d have to say the same.  Questions Questions Questions.  Especially where Deborah Dubow Press, who works for AWI, ASPCA and previously USDA APHIS,  is concerned.  Deborah Dubow Press is the face of a campaign to “close the internet loophole”.

Deborah Dubow Press  “shares her home with …….. a rotating band of foster kittens from Washington Humane.” This means,  at the Very Least,  that Deborah Press is at a minimum a Foster/Rescue for the Washington Humane Society.  Call it what you like but a Foster home is the exact same thing as a rescue or shelter.  I wonder if Ms. Press is USDA licensed to do that since she obviously has a “band” of kittens at her home and transports/SHIPS those kittens from their owner The Washington Humane Society and then engages in either further transport of those kittens or sale of those kittens which were not born and raised on her property.

On August 20, 2013, President Obama donated an unknown sum of money to the Washington Humane Society.  Shouldn’t a “congressional chartered” rescue and a recipient of Presidential Money be ahead of the curve with animal welfare care since:

“We [USDA/APHIS] consider private rescues and shelters that perform any of the activities listed in the definition of dealer, including transporting or offering animals for compensation, to be dealers. We consider acts of compensation to include any remuneration for the animal, regardless of whether it is for profit or not for profit. Remuneration thus includes, but is not limited to, sales, adoption fees, and donations.”  Washington Humane Society has a Transport system of their own: “Transport Volunteers drive animals to DC metro area shelters or sanctuaries”

Since Deborah Press is the leader of the pack when it comes to “regulating” those terrible breeders that supply wonderful dogs to families, why would she work for and with organizations that promote ”animal cruelty”.

Deborah Press was paid to speak at  George Washington University, on May 30, 2013  Animal Law night speaking under the title of “Regulation of Puppy \Mills under the Animal Welfare Act”.  So according to Ms. Press, the very rescue she works for is a PUPPY MILL!

George Washington University Transport NEEDED.  A common email from those that want people to transport dogs from many rescue sites all over the country:

PLEASE CROSSPOST Permission given

George Washington U, Washington, DC to Fredonia, NY Thursday, December 20thPlease help get these Hound girls to their loving foster home for Christmas!!!!!  

The above is only one of the thousands upon thousands of emails that I’ve received regarding need for transport from one shelter/rescue to another but yet APHIS considers people who only transport ONE puppy from their HOME suspicious enough to regulate.

Washington Humane Society is a member of the HSUS National Federation of Humane Societies.  “The WHS is the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States”.   Definition: A congressional charter is a law passed by the United States Congress that states the mission, authority, and activities of a group.  The Kokomo Humane Society was also listed on the HSUS National Federation of Humane Societies until a complaint was filed against them with authorities.  Suspiciously, the Kokomo Humane Society is no longer listed on their website.

Andrew Weinstein: Member of the Board of Directors at  The Humane Society of the United States and Member of the Board of Directors at  Washington Humane Society. Weinstein was deputy press secretary and spokesman for House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and earlier he served as director of media relations for Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign.

Please take note:  This is not an endorsement that home rescues/shelters/foster homes need regulated.  This is making a point that APHIS doesn’t even inspect facilities that are paid your tax dollars to operate  And recently REFUSED, in writing, to inspect one such facility with a confirmed complaint that included video and detailed report while the new “breeder” APHIS regulations were being considered.

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