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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Long Beach, CA, Passes Mandatory Dog Spay and Neuter Ordinance

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To the City Council of Long Beach, California, who voted unanimously for the mandatory spay and neuter ordinance for dog owners.patrick the miracle dog

Long Beach, CA, is considered one of the “most walkable cities” in America. The idea of spending a day outdoors may bring to mind bike riding, rollerblading or jogging with your four-legged friend. Soon, residents strolling through Long Beach won’t be seeing many strays in the area. According to a recent news article, the city of Long Beach recently passed an enforced pet population control ordinance. This ordinance will require all dogs over the age of 6 months to be spayed/neutered. There is already a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance for cats in Long Beach. The new ordinance will go into effect October 1, 2015. 

Pet overpopulation is a real problem in the United States that strains tax-funded animal shelters and contributes to the deaths of millions of animals each year. The problem arises from pet owners who do not set aside time or money to have their pets spayed or neutered. One might say, “I want to give an animal a loving home, but I do not have the money to get him/her spayed or neutered.” While these people may have good intentions, spay/neuter is a vital part of responsible pet ownership. In many cities, local animal shelters and nonprofits work with owners to provide low-cost spay and neuter surgeries.

 Take Action: Long Beach Residents, contact the city council and thank them for passing this ordinance.  Non-Long Beach Residents, please contact your local city council and encourage them to pass a similar ordinance.

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When you think about it…even one is too many.

A 2011 study revealed that many more companion animals were euthanized in shelters than the public believed.

A 2011 study revealed that many more companion animals were euthanized in shelters than the public believed.

PetSmart Charities commissioned a study in 2011 to look at attitudes regarding pet adoption and spay/neuter. One of the great misconceptions the research identified is how many cats and dogs the public believes are euthanized in animal shelters across the country versus how many actually are. In a similar study in 2009, the public estimated 1.5 million companion animals are euthanized yearly; in 2011, the number dropped to 1.2 million. Unfortunately, the estimated number of companion animals euthanized yearly is 4 million. According to the study, 88 percent of those taking part underestimated the number.

Adopting from shelters and spaying/neutering companion animals will help reduce the number of healthy, adoptable animals killed in shelters every year in this country. But, when you think about it…even one death is too many; 4 million is an atrocity.

When you think about it…why adopt from a shelter?

Adopting from an animal shelter has several benefits compared to adopting from a commercial breeding facility.

Adopting from an animal shelter has several benefits compared to adopting from a commercial breeding facility.

While many people understand and appreciate the benefits of adopting an animal from a local shelter, others still do not “get it.” According to a survey, many young adults believe buying from a breeder is a better option than adopting from a shelter. They believe shelter animals are less desirable than those they can buy from a breeder or pet store. What they don’t understand is that some animals bought from breeders and most animals bought from pet stores come from puppy mills where the breeding animals live in filth and disease their entire, usually short, lives.

How do we go about convincing people that shelter animals are appropriate additions to our homes? First, a shelter animal is already here. He/she was born whether intentionally or unintentionally. To buy from a puppy mill or “backyard” breeder encourages those sources to continue making money off the backs of their breeding animals. If you want to be part of the humane movement, rescuing a dog or cat from a shelter rather than supporting the abuse rampant in mills and with irresponsible breeders is definitely the way to go.

Another reason shelter animals are preferable is often they are spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots, and full grown. If you want a puppy or kitten, many shelters have an abundance of those, too. Additionally, many shelter animals already have some basic obedience training and are often house trained as well.

To encourage people to adopt, shelters need to go outside the borders of their building. They need to advertise to the community where they are, they must have hours compatible with the time potential adopters have available, and they must encourage the community to support their programs with their time, talent, and money.

Most of us who have companion animals recognize the benefits they bring to us. But what benefits do we bring to them? If we are supporting commercial breeding facilities, we are bringing nothing but death and despair to them; if we are supporting our local shelters, we are bringing hope and a “fur”ever life. When you think about it…why wouldn’t you adopt your next companion from an animal shelter?

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Humane Death for Shelter Animals

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The use of gas chambers in Texas animal shelters has just recently been banned.

The use of gas chambers in Texas animal shelters has recently been banned.

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To Texas for banning the use of gas chambers to euthanize shelter animals.

According to a news article, “Texas has joined 19 other states in banning the use of gas chambers to kill unwanted shelter dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.”

Euthanasia by injection is the recommended method, according to groups including the Texas Animal Control Association, the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and various veterinary and animal control associations.”

There is a bill in the US House of Representatives, HR 208, that opposes the use of gas chambers to euthanize shelter animals and supports laws that require the use of euthanasia by injection instead. Contact your senators and representatives and have them support HR 208.

Gas chambers should be banned in all states as a means of euthanizing shelter animals.

Take Action: Residents of Texas, thank your governor for signing into law a bill that bans the use of gas chambers to euthanize shelter animals in your state. Residents of other states, check to see if your state still allows the use of gas chambers as a means to euthanize shelter animals. If it does, please contact your legislators and urge them to introduce legislation banning the practice.

The Honorable Rick Perry
Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428
Tele. No.: 512-463-2000

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Dying with Dignity

No animal should die in a gas chamber.

Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia, co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, introduced House Resolution 736, which expresses opposition to the use of gas chambers as a way to euthanize shelter animals and supports states to enact laws to replace gas chambers with euthanasia by injection.

With 3 to 4 million cats and dogs being euthanized in animal shelters today, we need to ensure those deaths are humane. Gassing often can take 30 minutes or more during which time the animal is confined in a large chamber often with many other animals all terrified and some panicking to the point of attacking the other animals in the chamber. This is no way to euthanize an animal who, through no fault of his or her own, became expendable.

Please contact your representative and express your support of House Resolution 736.

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Shelter Animals Deserve Better

While no one wants to see companion animals euthanized, we are all aware that shelters across this nation engage in euthanizing not only sick, disabled, and dangerous animals but also healthy, adoptable ones. As the last act of compassion for all these lives, we should be as gentle and caring as possible. Euthanasia by sodium pentobarbital or a derivative should be the sole means of euthanizing shelter animals.

Two states, Pennsylvania and South Carolina, have legislation pending that would change their laws to require the use of sodium pentobarbital or a derivative rather than compression or gas chambers or other means that do not immediately euthanize the animal.

Pennsylvania and South Carolina residents, contact your legislators and urge them to support legislation that will save many animals from terrible suffering.

Pennsylvania S 1329 – referred to Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs

The Honorable Elder A. Vogel, Jr.
Chair, Agriculture and Rural Affairs
Senate Box 203047
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3047
Tele. No.: 717-787-3076

The Honorable Michael L. Waugh
Vice Chair, Agriculture and Rural Affairs
Senate Box 203028
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3028
Tele. No.: 717-787-3817

South Carolina H 3114 – referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs

The Honorable Nelson L. Hardwick
Chairman
Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs
411 Blatt Building
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Tele. No.: 803-734-3022

The Honorable David R. Hoitt
First Vice Chair
Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs
418B Blatt Building
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Tele. No.: 803-734-3323

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