|Sent on:||Tuesday, April 23, 2013 5:46 PM|
Here is your chance to educate ourselves about the legislative process and become a citizen advocate! Almost every year our humane society introduces or lobbies for bills that protect the welfare of animals. For the second year in a row, we have lobbied for the passage of a bill that would prohibit the transportation of dogs in open vehicles on our state and federal highways. I am sure you know what I am talking about: the black lab or golden retriever who is staring at you from the flatbed of a pickup truck, going 70 miles down I-10, and you are praying that he or she won't jump or fall out.
This bill, referred to as House Bill 470 and introduced by Representative Tom Willmot, if passed, would finally criminalize this act and cause the owner of the dog to be fined up to $150.00 per dog. However, more work needs to be done by all of us, in order to ensure the passage of this important bill.
First, you need to find out who your state representative is. You can do this by visiting this site: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/FindMyLegislators.aspx. Second, call or email (or both) your state representative (not your federal representative, since this is a state bill) and urge them to support this bill. Third, email me at [address removed], so we can track how many of you are lobbying for the passage of this bill.
Many thanks - now is the time to become a politically savvy animal activist!!