Call to Action: Spay/Neuter Assistance Bill, SB 5151
please take FIVE minutes to call and email your senator now.
Homelessness is the single leading cause of death for healthy cats and dogs in the United States. About five million animals are killed in our country’s shelters each year. In Washington State, tens of thousands of cats and dogs are euthanized in Washington shelters each year.
The purpose of Washington’s spay/neuter assistance legislation is to provide funding to assist low-income owners of cats and dogs to obtain affordable spay/neuter surgeries, and to provide for spay/neuter surgeries on feral and free-roaming cats.
We need YOUR help. Here are three things YOU can do NOW:
1. Spread the word about the bill. Tell your friends and associates who care about companion animal welfare; ask your veterinarian to get behind this effort. Post and distribute flyers at community locations, at community events; and ask retail stores, pet product stores, clinics, and other establishments to support the bill and have flyers on hand to give customers and clients. Sign up, and ask other people to sign up for our newsletter.
Send an email and follow it up with a brief telephone call to your state senator’s office. Send your message ONLY to your state senator please. It’s quick and easy to call your state senator! Just call your senator’s office, and speak briefly with his or her legislative assistant or leave a message. Tell them your name, that you’re a constituent, and that you support SB 5151, the spay/neuter bill. Then request that your senator contact Senator Pridemore immediately and ask that a hearing be scheduled on SB 5151 in the Government Operations, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee
2. Become a spay/neuter bill advocate in your legislative district. We would like to have at least 50 people in each of Washington’s 49 legislative districts become spay/neuter bill advocates. We need advocates to sign up now! Get the details here.
Please take a minute to ask University of Washington School of Medicine dean Paul G. Ramsey, M.D., to replace the use of ferrets in the school’s pediatrics residency program with validated human-based training methods. We have provided text for you, but if you decide to write your own message, please be polite and encouraging. Here are some talking points:
1. Please replace the use of animals in UW’s pediatrics residency.
2. Anatomical and physiological differences between ferrets and humans render this type of training suboptimal.
3. UW is part of a shrinking minority of pediatrics residencies (less than 15 percent) that still use live animals for training.
4. High-fidelity simulators such as Laerdal’s SimNewB and Gaumard’s Premie HAL accurately replicate the airway of a premature newborn and allow for data collection.
5. UW already has a state-of-the-art simulation center that can easily provide nonanimal training methods.
Support Washington State Proposed Shark Fin Ban
Take action to support the passage of a Washington State bill that prohibits the possession of trade in shark fins, similar to the groundbreaking Hawaii law. Text of SB 5688.
Written testimony can be sent to the Members of the Natural Resources & Marine Waters Committee. Testimony should be addressed to Senator Kevin Ranker, chairman of the Natural Resources and Marine Waters committee. And it should be sent to ALL committee members.
Senator Kevin Ranker firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Debbie Regala email@example.com
Senator Bob Morton firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Jim Hargrove email@example.com
Senator Val Stevens firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Dan Swecker email@example.com
For more info, see this link