A select group of the "intellectual elite," who don't believe dogs showed be owned, are behind Prop. B.This is a repetition of talking points handed down from the dog breeder defending group "Alliance for Truth," which said the following:
the Humane Society of the United States wants to eliminate animal ownership in America....They believe that animals are enslaved by humans,"But, as pointed out by journalist Terry Ganey, in a special to the Beacon, this talking point is nonsense:
But Proposition B doesn't eliminate animal ownership. In fact, hobby breeders and dog breeders with fewer than 10 breeding animals are exempt from its provisions. And Proposition B makes a point of saying that nothing in the law "shall be construed to limit hunting or the ability to breed, raise or sell hunting dogs."A different tea party blog claimed that the new measure wouldn't actually provide any new protections, since there were some standards already existing. However, missed in this brilliant analysis is the fact that the new law creates a misdemeanor for violating the law where none previously existed. In other words, the current system does not provide any strong incentives to treat the dogs humanely: if you are caught breaking the rules enough times you might not get to keep your license, but you don't really lose anything. With the new law, people caught keeping the dogs in inhumane conditions can be fined and charged with a misdemeanor. You'd think the self-proclaimed economic geniuses of the tea party would be able to figure out how that would work.