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Albuquerque might have HEART but it's going after your dogs and your wallet!
HEART Ordinance or Your RIGHTS?
Editor’s Note: Sam Harper's views of Albuquerque are his own. The information in his essay specific to the provisions of the HEART ordinance was adapted from the website of ICARE-USA.org
Sam Harper| TheDogPress | July 2006
If you live in Albuquerque NM, HEART (Humane and Ethical Animal Rules & Treatment) is the new animal rights ordinance.
This is going to be hard to believe, especially if you are over 50. People half that age will accept it because they have been brainwashed by the teaching materials provided by PeTA and other whacko groups. That, and they have been schooled in the “don’t make waves” tradition. They are afraid of not supporting the new version of animal welfare. If you care about dogs, pets of any kind, and you care about your rights as Americans, you will fight HEART.
I am going to condense this, boil it down to basics that will tick you off but I took it right from the new law in Albuquerque. First, let me say I have been to that city, a mix of Old Town traditions that I admire, and smog and poverty and modernization that repels me. It is right at the foot of the Sangre De Christie mountains and stretching to its west is a rough land that supports a few depressed trading towns like Gallup and some old Indians and sheepherders trying to eke out a living. Everyone else seems to have gravitated into the space age metropolis known as Albuquerque.
So who are the people of the city who elected the Moron Mayor that got this bill passed? I am guessing they are people who came in from the hard land or from Mexico looking for a better life. Others are just old hippies, middle-aged Indian supporters or young tree huggers who only care about their own narrow-minded agenda. When I was there (do not ask me which group I belonged to) it was a city just beginning to find itself.
When I think about it, it would have been a prime target for the animal rights whackos to move in and take control of a city with its mind on other things, its government ripe for the taking. It also is a city that figured its citizens, a lot of whom don’t even speak English much less read or write our language, wouldn’t notice. And don’t blame just the Moron Mayor, he had accomplices and one such group is pretty obvious because the vets, no, not soldiers, veterinarians, had to be planning how they were going to spend all this extra income.
A lot of new enforcement jobs will be created and paid for by the fines and fees generated and, well, you get it.
Here is what the citizens of Albuquerque New Mexico let happen. The Mayor of Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Animal Care Center (AACC) just walked off with American rights we fought to preserve. Now that bothers me more than kicking a dog. Say it is just about pets? Sure. You can be SURE that if this stands, it will spread like a plague and everyone everywhere will be infected. My daughter is freaking out about what she calls "the insanity" and here's what it looks like:
Unconstitutional? Not according to the Albuquerque City Council which proudly stated it expects legal challenge and isn’t at all worried.
The Mad Mayor, the City Council, the Money Grubbers, the Animal Rightists – they must all be celebrating over this victory, planning what else they can get away with and how to spend the money and throw their unchallenged weight around!!!
The people of Albuquerque got took. Snuck up on while they were sleeping or planning tourist attractions. What can you do if you (thankfully) don’t live there?
You can send support! Send a check to help pay for the door-to-door canvassing and information-sharing that is going to have to happen beforeJuly 20th in order to get a referendum vote going for the November ballot.
And here’s a real kicker. Contributions over $25.00 have to be checked out by state law but if you use money orders for no more than $24.95, you can sign different names to the money orders and give as much as you want that way.
That's how the politicians get around political donation limits.
And here’s an idea. Why don’t you call Ron Gustafson and ask if you can send a check directly to a local radio station to help pay for “voter signature needed” announcements??? In fact, PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS should be running free as a public service to the citizen’s of Albuquerque but we can figure the stations are not willing to give up all that campaign advertising revenue.
Who is running against the Mad Mayor in the next election?
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