AZ Legislature to adjourn - calls needed today!
- These bills have both passed the Senate and need to be heard by the full
House. More info from The Humane Society of the United States:
This is it! We are down to the final steps for two good bills at the
Arizona legislature. They are looking to adjourn this Thursday, so your
calls are needed right now!
Please call both of your State Representatives and ask them to support
SB1085 - orders of protection, animals and SB1125 - public sale of
animals! (To find your Representatives, visit:
SB1085 - orders of protection, animals:
will help protect domestic violence victims both human and animal.
People will often stay in abusive situations to protect their pets. By
allowing a judge to grant custody of the family pets to the victim,
SB1085 helps get people and pets away from their abusers. Research has
firmly established a significant link between domestic violence and
animal abuse. If the pet in the family had been abused, a recent study
found that 65% of women imperil themselves by staying in order to
protect their pets. For more info about the connection between human
violence and animal abuse, visit:
SB1125 - public sale of animals:
<http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=1125> Passage of
SB1125 will just expand the existing law, which covers Maricopa and Pima
Counties, to create a uniform, state-wide law. In addition to helping
animals, this is a consumer protection issue - animals sold on the side
of the road are often products of "puppy mills" that place personal
profit over public safety and animal welfare. These animals can be
unhealthy, over-bred, unvaccinated and not spayed or neutered. There is
no recourse for the person who buys from an anonymous source on the side
of the road. Animals acquired without careful thinking often end up
abandoned in public areas, "turned out" of the home, or relinquished to
an animal shelter. Shelters from around the state are left to deal with
these animals at a high cost to the public.
Please call both of your State Representatives now and then spread the
word! Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions. Thank
you so much for your help in getting these important bills passed!
Arizona State Director, The Humane Society of the United States
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