Robin Hayes Hates Puppies

Update: With the GOP Attack-machine working overtime, I thought now would be a good time to revisit my homage to this style of campaigning. This diary was originally intended to parody the GOP-style smear, but quickly turned into a serious look at the very real consequences of one Congressman's failure to act.

As if we didn’t have enough reasons to despise Robin Hayes, this terrible tragedy unfolds today.

LOWELL, Mass. - A trailer carrying dozens of puppies to Northeast pet stores caught fire just off an interstate, killing all of the estimated 60 dogs inside, authorities said.

What, you may wonder, does Robin Hayes have to do with 60 puppies dead in a tragic truck fire on a Massachusetts highway?

Follow me below the fold, and I’ll tell you…


You see, these puppies weren’t in the back of that ill-fated truck by mere chance. Oh, no. These puppies were being shipped by a breeder to various New England pet stores.

The truck was owned by the Hunte Corp. of Goodman, Mo., a major puppy supplier for pet stores.

Animals bred for sale and transported across state lines fall under the jurisdiction of the House Committee on Agriculture which, via the Subcommittee on Livestock and Horticulture, regulates issues of Animal Welfare.

And who, pray tell, sits on the House Committee on Agriculture and Chairs the Subcommittee on Livestock and Horticulture? You guessed it. Robin Hayes.

So, here we have our good buddy Robin Hayes sitting in the big chair over at Livestock and Horticulture and along come these beautiful little puppies who have the grave misfortune of being born in a puppy mill and get snatched away from their sweet doggy mommas

and put in the back of a big ‘ol truck headed for New England only to die a fiery death on the side of the interstate.

How is that Rep. Hayes’ fault?

Apparently, the good folks at the United States Humane Society have been pushing legislation to address the problem of interstate shipping of puppies and other bred-for-sale animals.

The Pet Animal Welfare Statute (PAWS) of 2005 was introduced in May 2005 to the House of Representatives with 145 co-sponsors while a similar Bill was introduced in the Senate in November 2005 with 26 co-sponsors.

So what happened to PAWS? While the Senate introduced the Bill, referred it to Committee and held hearings, the House did nothing.

Well, not exactly nothing. The Bill’s sponsor Jim Gerlach introduced it on the floor of the House (along with 145 co-sponsors – can’t forget them!) where it was referred to Robin Hayes' Committee. And there it sits.

Title: To amend the Animal Welfare Act to strengthen the ability of the Secretary of Agriculture to regulate the pet industry.
Sponsor: Rep Gerlach, Jim [PA-6] (introduced 5/26/2005)
Cosponsors (145)
Related Bills: S.1139
Latest Major Action: 6/7/2005 Referred to House subcommittee.
Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Livestock and Horticulture.

Fourteen months have gone by since 146 Representatives and 27 Senators put their good intentions behind a piece of legislation designed to protect puppies, and Robin Hayes has let it die in Committee. Just like those 60 puppies on the highway in Massachusetts.

It’s no wonder Hayes has received a 0% rating from Animal Rights groups such as The Humane Society of the United States, Fund for Animals, Society for Animal Protective Legislation and the American Humane Association.

There is, of course, one notable exception.

Hayes was Endorsed in 2004 by the Sportsmen’s and Animal Owner’s Voting Alliance

The Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance (SAOVA) is a nationwide, nonpartisan group of volunteers seeking to elect politicians who will oppose the "Animal Rightist" (AR) threat to our rights as Americans.

It is the only national group working to protect both sportsmen and animal owners, natural allies, in the legislative and political arenas. SAOVA's members hunt, fish and own livestock, dogs, cats and other pets.

We study political candidates in all states to identify those who understand and resist the AR threat, as well as those who are in the pocket of the Animal Rightists.

That’s right. Robin Hayes, Chair of the House Subcommittee on Livestock and Horticulture which oversees Animal Welfare, received his only animal-related endorsement from an issue group that calls Animal Rights a threat to our rights as Americans.

If that's the standard for committee chairmanship, putting Robin Hayes in charge of Animal Welfare is like putting John Gotti in charge of the Judiciary Committee.

I know my puppies deserve better. Don't yours?


Taylor and Hayes

Kitty cat crush videos.
Dead dogs on the interstate.

What'll they think of next?

Thinking is not Hayes Strong Point!

What'll they think of next?* A

That sorry Hayes puppy killing Bastard and his brokeback mountian repubs started a rumor in Cary last week that
I was a Gay campaign dog for a state wide candiate and
sleeping with Larry's Goat.

This diary was supposed to be funny...

but the more research I did on Hayes 0% Animal Rights rating, his committee responsibilities and the legislation that has been back-burnered for over a year...the more I realized Hayes really does hold some responsibility for the shipping and subsequent death of those dogs.

Robin Hayes really does hate puppies.

Bush Economy

You should rewrite this and post to Kos

It starts off so snarky I almost didn't read the whole thing....because it's 6am. But, this is a really good point.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

You're right, I should

but I can't decide if I want to make it more snarky or more serious.

I guess it reflects my experience writing this diary....I started out full of snark but got really angry as I pulled all the pieces together and realized that Hayes' unwavering indifference to all things living has struck again. And this time, the victims are sweet furry puppies.

Bush Economy


Just say something about how it was meant to be a joke, but became serious with research.

Or post as it is. I liked it.

Lyndon Helton for NC Senate

"Keep the Faith"

Thanks, Blue.

It does kind of speak for itself, doesn't it?

Bush Economy

I'm not sure it needs to be changed

You just want to add the NC-08 part in the title for Kos so they know it's a candidate piece. Since we've been talking about this for a while I know where you wanted to go and I love where you ended up. This is what I was thinking yesterday when we were talking research. It seems the more I research the more serious all this gets. It isn't funny anymore.

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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I just PM'd you

I thought I was seeing things for a minute.

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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Seriously re-post this on Kos

The more I kept reading it the more I grew outraged. This is no joke to animal lovers, or passionate pet owners. I cannot possibly fathom 60 puppies dying in a tractortrailer accident. It honestly sickness me because I love my puppy.

You have some GREAT research throughout this post WFC. It is snarky alright, however the fact that PAWS is sitting in committee, Robin Hayes' committee, sheds light on how "compassionate" conservatives really are.

On a side note, puppy mills need to be brought to a halt. There are so many unadopted shelter pets right now, that if every man, woman, and child adopted 9 pets each...all shelter pets would be adopted...till tomorrow.

Link this up with the NC-08 and I dont see why you shouldnt post it!

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

Working For Change

I agree with YB, really like your snark! Your piece is filled with passion too, would touch many! Yankee Blue is correct in saying that you should link it together with the puppy farms and humane society.

Many, Many, Many people love their animals and can be inspired by your posts about how politician's greed can lead to sooo much harm! (The pics are just perfect too!)

Thanks so much!

I am working on the crosspost as we speak and will let you know when it is up.

Bottom line...Robin Hayes fiddled and 60 puppies burned.

Bush Economy

Thanks again.

Buddy and Sweetie are howling their support of our Hayes Hates Puppies mantra!

Bush Economy


Whole article and a lot of the comments. Some of the research that is showing up in the comments is disturbing. I thought Charles Taylor ate little babies. But now I KNOW he eats puppies and horses.

Lyndon Helton for NC Senate

"Keep the Faith"

We've got a great crew

representing NC, don't we?

Our favorite Foxx is on Hayes' puppy killing committee.

Bush Economy


We got a great crew up in DC. We should reward them with a nice retirement.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

Stars on left

It doesn't matter that much to me, but the stars should be on the left no matter how the flag is hanging.