Action Alerts

Ask your Senator to Support Help the Spay/Neuter Assistance Bill (SSB 5202)
This bill was amended by the Senate Agriculture committee last week before it was voted out of committee. Unfortunately, the committee stripped the bill of its pet-food fee funding source that would have generated millions of dollars per year, and replaced it with another funding source that shows very little promise of generating any funds to support this statewide program. The new funding source allows (does not require) animal control agencies to contribute up to $1 per pet licensed in their jurisdictions to the statewide spay/neuter fund. The Washington Alliance for Humane Legislation will work with state senators to identify other funding options for the bill that provide fair and adequate revenues.  However, we do want the bill to pass so that it provides a framework for the program. That’s where you come in.

We ask that you urge your state senator today to support this bill’s passage.  Here’s what to do:

Go to the legislature’s website page for commenting on SSB 5202.

Follow the instructions for submitting comments. The first time you submit comments you will asked to quickly set up an account.
Type in your message to your senator being concise and respectful. You can say something like “Please do everything you can to help pass SSB 5202, the companion animal spay/neuter assistance bill through the Senate Rules Committee and pass on the Senate floor.”  Tell your senator why this bill is important to you and the people in your community.

 

Ask your Senator to Help the Prevention of Animal Cruelty Bill  HB 1202

This bill would strengthen our state’s animal fighting and animal cruelty laws. It would also authorize animal control officers and police to remove animals confined in vehicles when the animals’ lives or health are threatened by extreme temperatures, and create penalties that can be applied in those circumstances. This bill is currently in the House Rules Committee.

Please urge your state representatives today to support this bill’s passage. Here’s what to do:

Go to the legislature’s website page for commenting on SHB 1202.

Follow the instructions for submitting comments. The first time you submit comments you will asked to quickly set up an account.
Type in your message, being concise and respectful.  You can say something like “Please do all you can to help SHB 1202, a bill to help prevent animal cruelty, pass through the House Rules Committee and pass on the House floor.” Tell your representatives why this bill is important to you and the people in your community.

Note: If you already know your representatives’ email addresses you can skip the first two steps above.

 

Stand Up for Goats Who Can’t
Since 2007 Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc. (SCBT), one of the world’s largest suppliers of goat antibodies, has been cited for several egregious violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), increasing the suffering of animals who are already put through physical and mental anguish.

USDA should revoke the license of any facility that defies the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). There is little doubt that Santa Cruz Biotechnology (SCBT) is a prime example of a company that meets that criteria.

Contact the Director of the USDA’s Western Regional Office to insist that immediate serious action be taken against Santa Cruz Biotech.

Dr. Robert Gibbens Director, Western Region USDA/APHIS/A
2150 Center Avenue
Building B, Mailstop 3W11
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117
(970) 494-7478
Robert.M.Gibbens@usda.gov

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Contact Secretary of Agriculture and tell him to enforce the AWA immediately.

Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
phone (202) 720-3631
fax (202) 720-2166
AgSec@usda.gov