Mark your calendars for upcoming events for this year! MAHA will be having some educational dinner engagements, an all day educational seminar with a well known canine expert and of course our Annual Conference held in September. You don't want to miss a thing!
A Letter From Our Prez .....
Here we are March 2017 and we have SNOW! Forty-two years ago yesterday I married the love of my life and we had 14 inches of snow. Glad we don’t have that much this time!
I hope everyone has had a great holiday season and was able to spend time with loved ones. It’s been an easy winter regarding the weather for our animals in my part of the state, Southeast. Hope yours had been easy also.
By now, you should have received your 2016 MAHA directory. We tried something a little different and we are pleased with it. Let me know what you think. Ours plans are to get the 2017 directory out soon after this year’s seminar which will be in September. Very exciting plans developing for that. We are also planning a couple of dinner meetings so be sure to renew your membership so you don’t miss out on those.
It’s a great time to be in Animal Husbandry and we are proud to be a part of it. If you have any questions about MAHA, please contact me at email@example.com
MoFed Legislative Update March 12, 2017
Dear MoFed Members and Supporters,
The last week before Spring Break is upon us as the legislature rushes to get priority bills out of the chamber of origin before the halfway point of this session. Priority bills for us, including Breed Specific Legislation and Confiscation of Animals, have been heard in committee and we are working to move them along the legislative process, which can be extremely slow and tedious. Budget will soon take priority in both the House and Senate, so it is important to position our bills for maneuvering through the system with any opportunity that presents itself.
Much of our time is spent visiting with legislators and their staff, Directors of State Departments, and other lobbyists who work on issues related to our interests. It is vital to build working relationships with these individuals so they have a greater understanding of our concerns and, when the opportunity arises, can either help move bills forward that we are wanting to pass or kill legislation we do not like.
As noted each week, please monitor your emails regularly in the event a MoFed Alert is issued for immediate action.
A membership form is provided for your convenience. We appreciate your support for our work in protecting your rights as animal owners and enthusiasts. Thank you to all who have renewed memberships for 2017 and for the generous donations by many! Welcome to our new members! We are pleased to have you join with us in our constant battle against animal rights! Animal rights groups continue to hire more lobbyists to help in their efforts. MoFed and our friends and associates continue to win. Let’s keep it that way!!
As we all know, professional business owners continually stay on top of their game to be the best in their chosen profession by education. This can be done by attending trade shows, conferences, classes and breeder meetings. As Pet Professionals, we need to do the same.
I am working on lining up a day event in Springfield, MO around the middle of June. It will be free to MAHA members but can be attended by others at a small fee. Lunch will be included. Continuing Education Credits will be given to those who want them.
One Continuing Education Credit is given for every hour you attend an approved speaker/subject pertaining to the pet professional industry.
Missouri licensees, you will notice a place on your annual renewal form to document the number of professional education hours you attended throughout the year. Copies of the education certificates of attendance are sent to the ACFA program, along with your renewal, to be placed in your file. Then when there is a Sunshine Law request for your license information, mainly by HSUS, it will show you being a professional intent on being the best.
When the speaker(s) and venue are confirmed, we will send notification to everyone.
Be on the lookout for a fun educational event for Pet Professionals!!
MOFED NEWSLETTER ARTICLE
Raising animals fills one with pride, satisfaction, dedication and at times, heartache. Many of you who are on Facebook have seen the pictures of the wildfires that ravaged parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas recently. Many ranches and farms were destroyed, along with homes and livestock. Three humans lost their lives trying to save their cattle. The outpouring of support has been tremendous as coordinated efforts across the country have sent steady streams of semi trucks, pickups and other vehicles to help in the relief efforts. Many videos of massive loads of hay and supplies have streamed across social media as bystanders have filmed the parades passing through their towns and interstates. Volunteers are pouring in from across the country as well as other countries to lend a helping hand. Cattlemen’s associations, Farm Bureaus, State Departments of Agriculture and FFA Chapters have coordinated efforts to help their fellow farmers and ranchers. Trucking companies and individuals are loading trucks with hay, fencing supplies and other necessities to drive hundreds and oftentimes thousands of miles to make deliveries. Their simple answer for the outpouring of support, “It’s what we do in agriculture. We help each other.”
And yet, there are major absentees in reporting the damage and heartache, and most of all, in helping. Where is the media? The Weather Station mentioned the wildfires in tickertape at the bottom of the screen while other major news sources were much more interested in “fake news” and ratings than in reporting how our heartland people were suffering and how we needed to step up to the plate to help them. Never mind, news sources. We are stepping up to the plate to help our fellow farmers and ranchers ourselves. It’s what we do as one source said.
The other absentees? Where are HSUS and PETA? They profess to “love” animals, but where are they? Is it not financially rewarding to get their hands dirty by rebuilding fences and delivering hay to surviving cattle? Is it not admirable to bottle feed a hungry orphan calf? Is it not humane to provide bottled water and sandwiches to those doing the physical labor of rebuilding lost homes and barns? Is it not sensational enough to ask a rancher who has lost generations of cattle and all he or she has worked a lifetime for where they can help or perhaps just lend a listening ear? Is it not a posed photo shoot to raise money when helping bury dead and burned cattle and horses who lost their lives in the devastation? Never mind, animal rights groups. We will help our fellow agriculture friends and family. It’s what we do as one source said.
The tragedy that has struck the heartland of America has shown two things. It has proved that when one of our own is suffering, we step in to help. We share, we give, and we care. We are there in an instant and will give not only our time but will share in order to help our fellow man. The tragedy has also shown that animal rights activists don’t care about animals or the suffering of our fellow human beings. They are about propaganda, raising money and duping the public into believing they are something they are not.
Relief efforts are ongoing and will continue for quite some time. It makes me proud to be a part of agriculture and to stand side by side with our fellow farmers, ranchers and animal owners. It will take time for those who lost so much to rebuild, but they will. We’ll make sure of that. It’s what we do in agriculture.
Breeder Leadership Council Barb York
I traveled to Mount Hope, Ohio for a bi-annual meeting of the Breeder Leadership Council (BLC) on February 24. I am your delegate (representative) for MAHA. All state breeder organizations and a few representatives of the pet stores and distributors united a few years ago, to share information and to speak nationally as one voice. We also have a few veterinarians as part of the BLC. Per our Bylaws, the membership is intentionally more breeders. The mission of the BLC is to unify the professional pet industry, promote good animal husbandry practices and to educate the public about the difference between animal welfare and animal rights.
We met all day and shared what was happening in our organizations, legislation, how each deal with any issues with USDA and State regulations and how we work to promote a professional image to everyone. We need to continue to work with our veterinarians, our breeders, distributors and pet stores to improve. ICAW (Indiana) shared a program they have started for emergency response involving breeders and vets as well as fire department and EMT’s. All the key people (Emergency Response Teams) in a disaster such as a tornado or kennel fire. Discussed having plans in place for illness or death of the kennel owner or their family member. States discussed rehoming of retired dogs and some ideas to do it responsibly. OFA Certification is becoming important to the consumer and many breeders are beginning to see the value of the tests to improve the health of their herds. All of the attendees agreed to the importance of offering continuing education to breeders via meetings, seminars, classes and newsletters.
The Ohio Pet Breeders held their annual seminar the next day. The weather was beautiful. Most of their members are Amish and it was a sight to behold to see the long line of buggies tied up outside. The speaker room was packed with a couple hundred Pet Professionals and at least that many were visiting the numerous vendors.
I believe the BLC is important to our industry. It’s a reminder that issues in Missouri are not unique to just us but shared by all. As the Council evolves and grows, it will continue to unify, promote and educate the nation’s Pet Professionals.