Target: Doug Morgan, President of the Kentucky Houndsmen Association
Goal: End the cruel sport of dog fighting in Kentucky.
Most of the dogs in Louisville animal shelters are there because they were used in dog fights, sustained injuries during those fights, and were abandoned by their owners. Kentucky is the only state in the U.S. that doesn’t have a law specifically banning the sale and transport of dogs and other animals used for fighting. However, lawmakers are trying to change that with House Bill 154, which would expand existing laws to punish people who keep this vile practice going. If this bill passes, it would be a huge boon for animals living in Kentucky and bring us one step closer to ending this horrible practice for good.
However, the Kentucky Houndsmen Association has recently come out against the bill, deciding to oppose it because the organization believes it could lead to limitations in using dogs for hunting purposes. The problem is that the bill has language that specifically exempts hunting dogs and their owners from the expansion of existing laws. As written, the bill poses no threat to using dogs to hunt, and in no way conflicts with the goals of the Kentucky Houndsmen Association, so the organization’s opposition of the bill amounts to it protecting dog fighting. Opposing this bill doesn’t protect hunting dogs, it just helps criminals.
By signing this petition, you’ll be helping to urge the Kentucky Houndsmen Association to reverse its stance on the bill and help combat dog fighting.
Dear Doug Morgan,
I was deeply saddened to hear that the Kentucky Houndsmen Association has decided to oppose Kentucky House Bill 154, which would expand the state’s ability to investigate, arrest, and punish people who support illegal and immoral dog fighting. The Kentucky Houndsmen Association is on record as stating that it is against dog fighting, which is admirable. I know that hunting with dogs is a different matter, which is why I am asking you to reverse your stance on HB 154 and support it.
The bill in question would exempt hunting dogs, allowing you to continue hunting alongside your dogs without fear of violating state law. Opposing the bill out of the fear that it might infringe your rights, even though it specifically does not, only serves to protect the criminals who keep dog fighting going in Kentucky. It would tarnish the image of your organization to go down in history as protecting dog fighting despite widespread pressure to end the practice.
I know you don’t want to protect dog fighting, and I ask you to urge your fellow Houndsmen to speak out in favor of House Bill 154.
[Your Name Here]
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