Legislation

There are not enough homes for millions of animals in the world that are being bred for money. That profit (that so few make) from breeding is costing the rest of us billions of dollars a year in rescue, shelter management, pound operations, and in euthanasia. The answer to ending the madness is quite simple. Governments must acknowledge the crisis by shutting down breeding factories and, by requiring mandatory sterilization (spay/neuter) of pets.

Every day we spend countless hours watching TV and surfing the Internet and Facebook shocked by the atrocities we see going on in the world. It only takes a few hours to make positive change. Are you ready to be the person who saves lives and stops the abuse of innocent animals in the area where you live? Here’s how to do it:

 

Legislate for Mandatory Spay/Neuter:

A majority of states/councils/shires in the USA, Australia, and Germany (countrywide) now have mandatory spay and neuter laws. The goal is to decrease the number of unwanted animals that suffer and die on the streets, decrease the risk to public health and safety, reduce the cost to local governments for impounding and killing innocent animals, and decrease costs to animal shelters. Violations are punishable both civilly and criminally. The overpopulation of unwanted pets not only results in many millions of animals being euthanized each year, but it puts pressure on limited public resources to care for and find homes for these animals. Some states have responded by adopting laws that make it mandatory to have dogs and cats spayed/neutered. The majority of these laws are directed at new owners adopting pets from dog pounds, animal shelters, or their local humane societies. Several states even use the threat of criminal penalties to enforce such laws.

Laws don’t just happen. Someone has to initiate change. Is that someone you?

Here’s what you can do to help enact spay/neuter legislation in your state:

  • Read this. It’s a summary of State Spay and Neuter Laws in the USA: http://www.animallaw.info/articles/qvusspayneuter.htm
  • Print or copy this law to show as an example of a law that is currently working: “Spay or neuter required. It shall be unlawful to own, possess or keep in the city any dog, rabbit or cat over the age of six months that has not been spayed or neutered.”
  • If you don’t know who your state representative is, contact your local town office/council and ask for their name and contact details.
  • Contact your state representative and ask them to introduce spay/neuter legislation on your behalf. Provide them with the link to this page, and also the following link that outlines all animal welfare legislation on a state by state basis: http://animallaw.info
  • Send out an email to your friends asking them to ask your representative to lead this legislation (provide his/her email).
  • Support your state representative as he/she takes the initiative.
  • Bravo!
  • For additional help drafting laws, contact: lobby [at] aspca.org

 

Support Legislation Against Puppy Mills / Factories

Please lead the way in putting an end to the madness and suffering!

USA:
For help drafting laws, write to: lobby [at] aspca.org
To advocate:
http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/puppy_mills/tips/what_you_can_do_stop_puppy_mills.html

AUSTRALIA:
http://www.oscarslaw.org

 

Introduce Anti-Tethering Law where you live

The days of chaining a dog outside are coming to an end. Tethering or chaining a dog under most state laws means that a person ties a dog with a rope or line to a stationary object. Does it break your heart to see a dog chained? Are you ready to do something about it?

  • Find out if your State has an anti-tethering law by checking here: http://animallaw.info/articles/State%20Tables/tbustetherlaws.htm
  • We recommend California’s law, which is: “No person shall tether, fasten, chain, tie, or restrain a dog to any dog house, tree, fence, or other stationary object. A person may temporarily tether a dog “no longer than is necessary for the person to complete a temporary task.”
  • We recommend the penalty offered by the state of Michigan: “1 animal: 93 days imprisonment and/or $1,000 fine (misdemeanor), 2 or 3 animals or the death of an animal: 1 year/$2,000 fine (misdemeanor), 4-10 animals or at least one previous conviction: 2 years/$2,000 fine (felony), 10 or more animals: 4 years/$5,000 fine (felony).
  • If you don’t know who your state representative is, contact your local town office/council and ask for their name and contact details.
  • Contact your representative and ask them to introduce anti-tethering legislation on your behalf. Provide them with the information on this page. Suggest they lead your state in this initiative, following other key states
  • Send an email to your friends asking them to ask your representative to lead this legislation.
  • Support your state representative as he/she takes the initiative.
  • Bravo!