Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Going On Offense To Protect Working Animals

Imagine having your livelihood banned by a small group of lawmakers because your legal business doesn’t align with their ideology or, perhaps, they just don’t like what you do. 

The businesses getting banned, outright, legislatively, at the local municipal level might surprise you. Businesses such horse-drawn carriages, pony rides, elephant rides, educational zoos, and exotic animal exhibits at fairs and circuses. All legal businesses, heavily licensed, regulated, and inspected. 

For the past eight years, our team at The Cavalry Group has had a front row seat to the animal rights-driven onslaught of 56 exotic animal exhibiting bans and transport bans at the local level in 27 states, negatively impacting those who exhibit at fairs, circuses, and educational venues.

In addition, 14 horse carriage bans have passed at the local city council level throughout the United States in recent years. 
Why, you ask? 

Look no further than the animal rights movement.  "Animal rights," not to be confused with animal welfare, is a political agenda chipping away incrementally by altering Americans’ views about animal ownership and animal use through media, through our schools, through legislation and even through litigation. Their goal is to end animal use in every possible capacity.

The animal rights movement is an ideology that has gradually gained a foothold in universities and government throughout the past 50 years.  What was once a radical, ragtag group of extremists is now a multi-million-dollar coalition of organizations that raise money under the guise of running pet shelters and ultimately, spend that money on the promotion of increased regulation on animal ownership and animal enterprise.  

Namely, these organizations are the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Direct Action Everywhere (DXE), and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to name just a few.   There are hundreds of off shoot organizations with animal-friendly names that exist with the same motive and mission. 

The most insidious way in which the animal rights strategy has taken form has been in the subversive way these organizations pressure, infiltrate, and influence government. Hence, the way in which local legislators in city and county councils have been persuaded to ban, outright, these legal businesses utilizing working animals. 

The animal rights extremists have found that it is easier to promote their agenda to inexperienced legislators at the local city council or county council levels, persuading these lawmakers with false information and propaganda. 

It is because of this onslaught that The Cavalry Group worked with Missouri State Representative, Bryan Spencer to create legislation with the intent to slow down the animal rights steam roller at the local level. Accordingly, the Working Animal Protection Act was written and introduced and is moving through several states in the 2019 legislative session. 

If passed, Missouri HB559 would amend the Missouri state agriculture statute, Section A. Chapter 262, prohibiting an outright ban by any political subdivision at the 
any LEGAL business utilizing working animals in education, transportation, exhibition, and entertainment. This legislation DOES NOT take away local control. It simply states that these legal businesses utilizing working animals cannot be banned, outright or have regulations imposed that would lead to a ban. 

On Monday, April 8, 2019, Missouri HB559, the Working Animal Protection Act, is going to be voted on in the Missouri House of Representatives. We look forward to seeing it pass the full House in Missouri and move on to the Senate (SB416)!  

The Working Animal Protection Act is an effort to go on offense to protect animal enterprise across America -- to protect legal businesses, but also to protect our American way of life and heritage by keeping animals in our lives!

Stay up to date on the progress of the Working Animal Protection Act in Missouri and other states by going to www.workinganimalprotectionact.com 

Please help us by supporting our efforts and donate below!

Mindy Patterson
The Cavalry Group

Saturday, March 23, 2019

OPPOSE HR 1380 Big Cat Public Safety Act

As the saying goes, elections have consequences. Animal-related businesses involved with big cats are about to experience the negative consequences of the Republicans losing the House in Congress in just a few days.

With the Democratic majority now controlling the House, Congressman Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ), is the newly appointed Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. It didn't take him but a few short months into the new 116th Congress to bring the Big Cat Public Safety Act (HR1380) up for a hearing this Tuesday, March 26, 2019. 
Congressman Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ)
Chairman, Natural Resource Committee

This deceptively named bill is designed by animal rights groups to severely restrict all legal possession, breeding, and commerce involving Big Cats. 

The Big Cat Public Safety Act has the potential to curtail existing legal business activity without providing any information about the resulting adverse economic impact while offering significant challenges for enforcement. 

The severe limitations on breeding and continued possession imposed by this bill not only impact the prohibited species already legally maintained but almost certainly ensure the extinction of some of these species in our parks and zoos. 

The bottom line: The Big Cat Public Safety Act is a recipe for extinction of big cats. 

With 81 co-sponsors in the House, 77 are Democrats and the 4 Republican co-sponsors are the usual suspects who are, sadly, in the pocket of the Humane Society of the U.S.  

These four (4) Republicans are: 

Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL)
Congressman Brian K. Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
Congressman Lee M. Zeldin (R-NY)
Congressman Michael Turner (R-OH)

Three things you can do to help!

  1. Send your emails to Members of the House Committee on Natural Resources to OPPOSE HR1380 by CLICKING HERE
  2. You can make phone calls to Members of the House Committee on Natural Resources.  CLICK HERE
  3. If you're on Twitter, click to Tweet!  CLICK HERE

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Equine are Livestock, Not Companion Animals

In today's animal rights driven legislative reform working through at the local, state, and federal levels, it is important to understand why the legal definition for all domesticated equines to remain as livestock and oppose the current social trend of referring to them as pets or companion animals. 

The horse has long been considered livestock in the United States and throughout the world and changing the legal definition of horses to companion or other non-livestock animal would adversely affect not only the owners, but the animals themselves.

On the federal level, the care and regulation of horses and horse related activities come under the purview of the United States Department of Agriculture. It is the responsibility of the USDA to improve and maintain farm income and to carry out agricultural research. The USDA provides technical expertise and monetary support for research into the prevention of many equine diseases. The USDA is also responsible for the development and enforcement of the Horse Protection Act and the Safe Commercial Transportation of Equine to Slaughter Act. 

On the state level, each state department of agriculture is charged with the regulation of horse related activities and assists the horse industry through research and regulatory programs. Changing the livestock status of horses could result in losing financial support for research, regulation and disaster relief on both the federal and the state levels.

Livestock anti-cruelty laws are usually written to ensure humane treatment and care while still providing for the use of the animal. If horses were to be legally considered non-livestock, these laws would no longer apply. This status change would also have a major impact on limited liability laws and would no longer provide the much needed protection for stable owners, equine owners, event organizers and service providers.

Currently, under federal tax law, commercial horse owners and breeders are treated as farmers. Certain tax ramifications could be changed and have a negative impact if horses were not considered as livestock. In addition, horse owners and breeders are treated differently by state excise and sales taxes because horses are now considered livestock. These advantages could be lost. 

If horses were no longer livestock, horse breeding would no longer be an agricultural endeavor and federal and state taxes for horse operations could increase.

The terms livestock and companion animal are becoming interchangeable by the media and even in veterinary literature. Words are power and as we become accustomed to the flip-flopping of the terms and the hijacking of words by the animal rights movement.  First the public takes hold of the new term, then the legal community will come to accept the status change and the legal classification might follow.  We must understand why equine must remain classified as livestock in order to protect this classification. It all boils down to ownership of private property.

It is for these reasons that The Cavalry Group opposes any efforts to change the status of horses from agricultural livestock to companion animals.

Please be alert of any legislative efforts in your area at the local and state level to change this classification and notify us immediately. 

Mindy Patterson
The Cavalry Group

Monday, March 26, 2018

Is Conservative Talk Show Host Laura Ingraham Friendly With Radical Group, PETA?

The popular conservative political radio and television talk show host, Laura Ingraham, has been a powerful force for the conservative movement in America. For the past two decades, Laura Ingraham has said on air what I've often been thinking from matters relating to the decline of our American culture to the election of President Trump.  

Imagine my disappointment last week when Laura Ingraham welcomed a representative of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) onto her television show to discuss their absurd rationale behind opposing a bill in the state of Ohio making the Labrador Retriever the official state dog of Ohio.  (View Clip) Currently, Ohio Representative,  Jeffrey Rezabek, who is the sponsor of the legislation, simply believes the popular breed would represent Ohio values well because it's a wonderful family dog and many are trained to be therapy, rescue, and police dogs. 

PETA objects to this legislation because let's face it, they never want to let a fundraising opportunity go to waste! They stated on the Ingraham Angle that if this legislation were to pass, there might be a huge influx in popularity of the Labrador retriever breed and promotion of the purebred breed, they claim, would create an influx in labrador retrievers being purchased "on a whim" from breeders and subsequently relinquished to shelters.

While I certainly support consumer choice whether Americans obtain their canine companion at the local shelter or from a breeder, Laura Ingraham, along with many Americans need to understand that PETA is promoting the lie that pet shelters across the U.S. are overflowing with owner relinquished purebred dogs. According to a 2015 study by National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA), less than 5% of dogs in shelters are purebred dogs. This percentage includes pit bulls and chihuahuas, two breeds that make up most of the purebred breeds in shelters. So purebreds in shelters, such as Labradors and other breeds, would be closer to 2%-3%.

More importantly, I expect better from Laura Ingraham who should acknowledge that PETA is nothing more than a well funded radical animal rights organization that knows little, if anything, about the care of animals.  Laura opened her segment with PETA by saying, "We all know PETA, their very name is pro-animal, right?"  Wrong, Laura!! PETA kills 97% of the animals in its care including those it accepts from members of the public who expect the group to adopt out the animals. There is nothing ethical or humane about PETA. 

PETA's connection to domestic terrorism is very real with direct ties to underground groups like Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and Earth Liberation Front (ELF). I can attest to PETA's threats first hand, as they have been terrorizing several of our Cavalry Group members relentlessly using bully tactics and intimidation against legal, law-abiding animal businesses with the hope that they will surrender to PETA's demands. 

Whether it's PETA, the Humane Society of the United States, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or the dozens of other animal rights organizations out there, they are all deceptively named because that is the only way they can raise money to achieve their true goal.  Animal rights extremism is a political agenda incrementally chipping away at our right to private property by altering Americans' views about animal ownership, animal use, and what is considered "humane" through media, through our schools, through legislation, and even litigation. Their goal is to END animal use in every possible capacity from food, biomedical research, entertainment, sport, rodeos, zoos, fairs, 4-H, fishing hunting, and even pets. 

Whether Laura Ingraham is uninformed or turning a blind eye to the domestic terrorism part of PETA's bio, any amount of support for a group like PETA is simply not in line with Laura Ingraham's dedication to the message of liberty.  Like all animal rights organizations, PETA has banked on the American public remaining unaware of what is truly behind their emotionally charged propaganda which is often nothing more than a fundraising tactic for their radical agenda to destroy legal animal-related businesses. 

Mindy Patterson is the President of The Cavalry Group, a member-based company protecting and defending the Constitutional and private property rights of law-abiding animal owners, animal-related business, hunters, and agriculture concerns nationwide. Follow Mindy Patterson and The Cavalry Group on Twitter: @cowgirlathart and @TheCavalryGroup

Friday, September 29, 2017

Stand Firm and Never Give Up

Since launching The Cavalry Group almost six years ago, I have witnessed, first-hand, a systematic attempt to over-regulate, unfairly inspect, and penalize professional animal enterprises out of business.  

It's fair to say that the origin of this tactic can be traced directly to what we all know as the "animal rights movement," a line of thinking, or ideology, that has gradually gained a foothold in universities and government throughout the past forty years.  What was once a ragtag group of extremists is now a multi-billion-dollar coalition of organizations that raise money under the guise of improving animal welfare and running pet shelters, but ultimately spend that money on the promotion of increased regulation on animal ownership and enterprise with the goal of ending both.

These groups have pushed for unsupported regulatory changes in many states to achieve their goals.  These regulations often mislead state and federal legislators, local committee members, and the general public as to their actual effects and true impact on animal owners, breeders, and animal agriculture. Instead of using facts and science, the activists prey on the emotions.  And, sadly, it is working.

A recent example of this ploy is California AB-485, the Pet Rescue & Adoption Act, statewide legislation crafted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to advance their campaign to halt the sale of puppies, kittens, and rabbits in pet stores sourced from USDA licensed, inspected breeders, while mandating that pet stores source their animals from rescues and shelters.

Pet sale ban legislation has already taken effect in local jurisdictions across America including thirty-three cities in California, fifty cities in Florida, ninety-six cities in New Jersey, and a handful of cities in states like Illinois, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Utah and even, Texas.

In April of this year, I flew to Sacramento and testified before the California Assembly, Business and Professions Committee to oppose AB-485 and found that the legislators were deeply committed to supporting the bill.

Since California legislators and Governor Jerry Brown have been marching in step with the animal rights groups for a while, I wasn't shocked by the overwhelming support for AB-485, but it disappointed me greatly that there is such little regard, not only for pet stores but for the pet breeders, themselves, who provide the pet stores with animals to sell. Animals that consumers demand!

Silly me. I actually believed there would be support for legally operating, tax-revenue-creating businesses in the Business and Professions Committee.
Nope. AB-485 passed the Committee with a 10-1 vote. And, sadly, on September 12, 2017, AB-485 passed the Senate with a vote of 32 out of 40 Senators.

It is well documented that HSUS has been pushing this campaign to ban the sale of animals in pet stores at the local level, state by state, since 2013 with their goal of replacing the sale of purebred and mixed breed puppies in pet stores with adult dogs from rescues and shelters from unknown sources. 
Mandating the sale of animals sourced from unregulated sources, such as rescues, is doing nothing to stop animal abuse or unscrupulous breeders. Pet stores provide an accountable, traceable source for pets and should, at the very least, be acknowledged as legal, legitimate businesses which are self-sustained and bring in a steady stream of tax revenue. But, alas! Lawmakers have bought into the emotional propaganda that USDA licensed facilities are all "mills." Not only do they not approve of breeding, they discourage to the notion that those raise animals should do so for profit.

These pet sale bans are also further proof that one day in the not so distant future owning a purebred dog, much like the Pembroke Welsh Corgis seen in this photo with Governor Brown and his wife, will be difficult to come by and available only to the wealthy elite.

Will purebred dogs become a luxury only for the wealthy elite?
Pictured here: Governor Brown and his wife with their two
Pembroke Welsh Corgis. 
Does this mean we fold up our tent and go home? Absolutely, NOT!  We all must continue to be vigilant in our mission to inform and educate legislators and the public. While animal rights activists and extremists paint a frightening, emotional picture with their propaganda, the truth is that just because animal activists "care" about animals does not mean they know anything about animal care.  Those engaged in actual animal husbandry know far better how to care for animals than even the most well-intentioned urban activists.
Any ban on animals is one more way for the animal rights agenda-driven policy to meet their goal to create a no animal-ownership society. There is no "crisis" to solve. There is only propaganda intended to harm the rights of citizens and to destroy viable law- abiding businesses and the future of animal ownership, and it's up to ALL OF US to take a stand.

Please call and write to California Governor Jerry Brown and ask that he veto AB-485. Make certain that you select "AB00485\Pet Store Operators: Dogs, cats, and rabbits" in the subject line selection. 
Click here 
Thank you! 

Mindy Patterson
The Cavalry Group

Monday, September 11, 2017

AZA Whistling Past The Graveyard

Throughout history, evil has persuaded man by masquerading as good. But when evil masquerades as good because it believes it is good, there in lies a bigger challenge.  

That's my interpretation in a nutshell of Wayne Pacelle's keynote address before the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) convention this morning. (Video of his speech is embedded at the bottom of this page.)

Wayne Pacelle opened up his address by stating, “I'm here as an ally, not an adversary."   

Contrary to that statement, Mr. Pacelle is a wolf in sheep’s clothing where his actions speak louder than words.  As the CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), he has turned the alleged animal rescue organization into the world’s most radical animal rights-driven organization committed to destroying all animal enterprise and animal ownership.

In case you didn't know, Pacelle and HSUS are: 

  • Opposed to capitalism, or making a profit from raising, breeding, working with animals.
  • Opposed to the breeding of animals.
  • Opposed to pure bred dogs; dog breeding kennels.
  • Opposed to the breeding of domesticated animals & livestock.
  • Opposed to pet stores.
  • Opposed to the circus and animals in entertainment.
  • Opposed to zoos.
  • Opposed to animal agriculture; meat, dairy, and egg consumption. 
  • Opposed to animal confinement of any kind. 

No, Wayne Pacelle is no ally. 

Wayne Pacelle is at the helm of an agenda to fundamentally transform our country and destroy animal agriculture, animal enterprise, and animal ownership, at the heart of which is our foundational Constitutional right to private property.  

HSUS has also consistently pushed ill-advised legislation affecting the Horse industry, Animals in entertainment, Dog breeders, Egg Production, Pork Production, Exotic Animal Ownership, and others.  HSUS has also historically targeted the defeat of pro-agriculture Members of Congress, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to attack Members who oppose their animal rights agenda.  

HSUS has been behind the radical transformation in the philosophy that drives the regulation and treatment of those who raise animals for profit using pressure on retailers, promoting misleading state referendums, and pressuring agencies to make federal rule changes to do their dirty work. Time-tested science-based husbandry practices that ensure the health and safety of both people and animals are being redefined as ‘inhumane’ treatment of animals by those, including Wayne Pacelle, who have this emotion-based agenda. 

When it comes to zoos, everyone needs to heed the warning that organizations like HSUS are pushing zoos toward the rescue-sanctuary model; to create a profit driven monopoly accessible only by the most affluent under the guise of “saving” species. Impossible to do without breeding programs, which Wayne Pacelle also vehemently opposes. He made this clear during his efforts to stop SeaWorld’s orca breeding program stating, During my discussions with [Joel] Manby, I was clear that the agreement we forged should deal with all animals – not just orcas.”

Pacelle’s performance on stage at the AZA Convention was nothing more than his smooth talking the zoos about ‘common ground’ and ‘working together to be a force for good,’ arm over their shoulder as he walks them toward the guillotine.
"One way that SeaWorld and animal advocates can find even more common ground is for the company to choose not to breed any more dolphins in captivity and to bring rescued animals that cannot be released back into the wild into its facilities for any exhibition needs. SeaWorld can morph into something of a sanctuary over time." – HSUS CEO, Wayne Pacelle as quoted in TakePart, June 29, 2016  
Pacelle’s actions tell us that his ultimate goal is to eliminate human interaction with animals even if that results in the elimination of animal species, themselves.  Behind all the ‘let’s just get along’ rhetoric espoused by Pacelle, his true commitment to destroy animal enterprise and animal ownership shows through.   

Americans are tired of being lied to and lied about, and will see through the veil of Pacelle’s true intentions and the potentially devastating results of buying into emotion, not facts.   We must allow time-tested animal husbandry practices to proceed free of interference from organizations like HSUS who claim to care about animals but know nothing about animal care!  Who deemed Wayne Pacelle the expert on the care and keeping of animals?  

We hope that the Members of AZA will see through the manure that was tossed in their laps this morning and recognize the false ideology that will ultimately lead to their own extinction.

Mindy Patterson is the President of The Cavalry Group, a member based company protecting and defending the Constitutional and private property rights of law abiding animal owners, animal-related business, hunters, and agriculture concerns legally and legislatively nationwide.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Why You Should Know Your County Sheriff

Too often, protection from illegal search and seizure, and a citizen’s right to due process of the law, all of which are outlined specifically in the U.S. Constitution under the Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments, are railroaded by local animal control officers or a bureaucratic system that defies common sense or even standard animal husbandry knowledge or practice. 
As a proactive measure in protecting your animals, your business, and your private property, The Cavalry Group always urges our members to get to know their local county sheriff. 
Your local sheriff is an elected position which stands as the upholder, defender, protector, and servant to the liberties of the people within your county by upholding the supreme law of the land, known as the U.S. Constitution. 
Are you aware your county sheriff's enforcement powers supersede those of any agent, officer, elected official or employee from ANY level of government when in the jurisdiction of your county?
In June 2016, The Cavalry Group held our first Liberty Summit in St. Charles, Missouri. One of our superb speakers at this event was Richard Mack, former Constitutional Sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, and founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. 
"You want to protect your ranch? You want to protect your land? Imagine, now, of all the problems that you've seen and heard, or have personally experienced -- but that your sheriff was there with his deputies to defend your God given rights." ~ Sheriff Richard Mack 

Watch the video below of Sheriff Mack's speech at Liberty Summit 2016 to learn more about the sheriff's role in your county and the importance of a Constutional sheriff and their ability to interpose between you and the violator of your rights. 

Be aware:
Not all Sheriffs may be looking out 
for your best interest as a constituent! 

Unfortunately, in recent years, the National Sheriffs Association has partnered with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to further their radical agenda by inserting their ideology within law enforcement by training officials nationwide. 

The link below is HSUS' CEO interviewing National Sheriff's Association Chief, John Thompson about their reasons for partnering and how they plan to infringe on due process rights of animal owners and animal related busineses across the United States. 

To counter HSUS' radical ideological takeover of law enforcement across our country, we urge you to support Sheriff Mack's Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. 

Are you concerned that your Sheriff might not be favorable toward your animal enterprise?  You can Vet Your Sheriff by Clicking Here

Support the Constitutional Sheriffs and 
Peace Officers Association today! 

The CSPOA is an a-political movement as the constitutional Sheriff is not defined as Democrat, Republican or Libertarian. A constitutional Sheriff, in reference to their OATH, their citizenry, and the constitution is dedicated to UPHOLD – DEFEND – PROTECT – SERVE.

Support, Join, Donate to CSPOA  Click here

Join The Freedom Coalition and help free America's political prisoners and clean up bureaucratic corruption in America! Click here

Read Sheriff Richard Mack's book: The County Sheriff: America's Last Hope.   Click here

The sheriff is the last line of defense for his constituents; he is America’s last hope to regain our forgotten freedom. 

Sheriff Mack insists that we ALL stand for the Constitution and our Founding principles to protect freedom and liberty in America today, and for future generations, by holding our government officials accountable to their oath of office. 

Stand with us! 

Mindy Patterson
The Cavalry Group