Animal Welfare Laws May Increase in Pennsylvania

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To Senator Richard Alloway II and Senator John Eichelberger for working to improve animal welfare laws in the state of Pennsylvania.

In a recent news article, Senator Richard Alloway II proposed Senate Bill 373 and Senate Bill 78. S.B. 373, which would impose greater restrictions on animal tethering. The law would not allow owners to tether their dogs outside for more than 30 minutes when the temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. S.B. 78 would prevent immediate family members from applying for a kennel license if another family member has had one revoked. Senator John Eichelberger has proposed

If passed, Cordelia's Law would include horses in the states animal cruelty statues, along with other companion animals.

If passed, Cordelia’s Law would include horses in the states animal cruelty statues, along with other companion animals.

Senate Bill 294, named Cordelia’s Law, after a horse who starved to death while being tied up in a junkyard. S.B. 294 would be the first bill in Pennsylvania to include horses in animal cruelty laws.

Take Action: Pennsylvania residents contact your legislators and petition that S.B. 373, S.B. 78, and S.B. 294 be passed into law. Non-residents, contact your state to see what types of animal welfare laws have been passed and express your support for laws that will grant animals more protection.

Perrysburg High School Students Should Halt Goldfish Swallowing Tradition

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To Perrysburg High School for allowing students to swallow live goldfish on school property.

It is hard to imagine why anyone would want to swallow a struggling, still-alive, goldfish whole. This file000481436678behavior is so heartless and disgusting, it strains belief that school administrators and public health officials have been condemning the stunt, historically propagated by college students, since as far back as 1939. Unfortunately, the egregious practice is still occurring in at least one American high school. According to three different news articles from 2013, 2014, and 2015, Perrysville High School students in Perrysville, OH, are continuing to obtain pet-store goldfish, which are swallowed en-mass during the annual boys’ varsity basketball game against Maumee High School.

Swallowing live goldfish for attention is a pathetic practice that delights in the pointless destruction of a defenseless animal. Taking part in an activity like this not only causes suffering and death to a living creature, but glibly proliferates a complete lack of regard or respect for life.

Take action.

Contact the administrators of Perryville High School and respectfully urge them to pass and enforce a school policy prohibiting the harming of animals.

Richmond, VA, Passes Law To Ban Bull Hooks Used on Circus Elephants

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To the City of Richmond, VA, for passing a ban on bull hooks.

According to a recent news article, the city of Richmond, VA, has passed a ban to effectively outlaw the use of bull hooks, Asian Elephantcommonly used on elephants performing with traveling circuses. Elephants have established a remarkable capacity for social bonds, altruism and intelligence. Asian elephants, commonly used to entertain circus crowds, are an endangered species. Like all animals, elephants have the capacity to experience pain and fear. The NHES feels strongly that that these rare and magnificent creatures should not be prodded with weaponry to amuse crowds. We applaud the City of Richmond, VA, for passing this important measure.

Take action. Citizens of Richmond, VA, write to your city council members and thank them for banning the bull hook.

Richmond City Council
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Natural Bridge Zoo in VA Reopens after Permit is Reinstated

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PawsDownTo the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for re-instating The Natural Bridge Zoo’s permit to showcase wild animals.

Recently, NHES applauded Rockbridge County Circuit Judge Michael Irvine for refusing to allow the reopening of the Natural Bridge Zoo after the attraction was cited 44 times by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for animal welfare violations. Now, according to a recent news article, the Virginia Department of Inland Fisheries has reinstated The Natural Bridge Zoo’s permit, after having revoked it not 90 days prior.tiger

Natural Bridge Zoo owner Karl Mogenson claims that in that brief period of time, he has “fixed” the abhorrent conditions that caused him to be cited for 44 violations under the Animal Welfare Act. He goes on to claim that the big cats, elephants, apes, and other animals in his possession are happy in his roadside zoo, which reopened May 30. Roadside zoos are a miserable substitute for a wild animal’s natural habitat, and those that fail to reach the AWA’s most basic requirements are undoubtedly unsuitable for animals that live there.

Take action. Virginia residents, contact the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and express your displeasure at the reinstatement of The Natural Bridge Zoo’s permit.

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
P.O. Box 996
Verona, VA 24482

North Carolina Passes “Ag-gag” Law

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To the North Carolina legislature for passing the “Ag-gag” Law.cow (2)

In a recent news article, North Carolina has become the ninth state to approve an “Ag-gag” law.  The bill titled H.B. 405 was proposed to Governor Pat McCrory who vetoed it, but the Senate and House

overrode  the veto. Beginning 2016, it will be illegal to apply for a job at a factory farm operation with the purpose of gaining information that will bring to light the inhumane treatment of animals. This bill does not protect the welfare of animals in factory farming situations. It does the opposite and penalizes those who strive to be their voice.

Take Action: Contact your state representative and let them know you oppose “Ag-gag” legislation.

Bobcat Hunting May Soon Be Reinstated in IL

pawsdownPaws Down! To the Illinois legislature for passing a bill that would lift the ban on bobcat hunting in the state of Illinois.

Like many predators, bobcats only have one litter per year, which can make populations especially vulnerable to hunting.

Like many predators, bobcats only have one litter per year, which can make populations especially vulnerable to hunting.

According to a recent news article, a longstanding ban on hunting bobcats in the state of Illinois may soon be lifted. The measure is being pushed by state Representative Patrick Verschoore who feels that bobcats are a threat to residential areas and farms. Bobcats are predators, but their average weight rarely exceeds thirty pounds and conflicts with humans are extremely rare. However, as a keystone predator – that is, a predator who has no natural enemy, the reproduction rate of this animal is notably low. A low reproduction rate renders these animals particularly vulnerable to overhunting. Last year, the Illinois legislature passed a bill to reinstate the hunting of bobcats, but it was vetoed by then-Governor Pat Quinn.

Take action. Residents of Illinois, contact Governor Bruce Rauner and urge him to keep the hunting of bobcats illegal in Illinois.

NJ Bill Woud Require Animal Cruelty Offenders to Pay Vet Expenses

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To New Jersey Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak and  Assemblyman Pat Diegnan for proposing a state bill that would requirepup animal cruelty violators to pay for the care of the animals they injured.

According to a recent news article, two state senators in New Jersey, Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak  and  Assemblyman Pat Diegnan, are sponsoring a new animal protection bill that would make animal cruelty violators financially responsible for their crimes. A-3034 would require animal cruelty offenders to pay for the veterinary costs of their animal victims. Additionally, violators would be required to pay for the food, shelter, bedding, and other care costs of animal victims who are subsequently housed in an animal rescue or shelter. This common-sense measure has the dual purpose of forcing violators to make all possible amends for their actions and reduces the burden of cost upon innocent owners, animal shelters, and veterinarians.

Take Action. Residents of New Jersey, contact your representatives, and urge them to support A-3034 as a means of holding animal cruelty violators fully responsible for their actions.

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