|Sent on:||Tuesday, April 23, 2013 6:11 PM|
I wish to welcome our newest members: Leonard, Claudia, Christine and Nicole. We now have more than 675 members! Since many of you are new to our group, please allow me to give a brief background on this vegetarian society and the reason for this email. The Humane Society of Louisiana, established 25 years ago, formed this vegetarian society more than five years ago, in order to promote our cruelty-free agenda that strives to protect the lives of farm animals and reduce their suffering.
However, not all of our communications are strictly related to our vegetarian/vegan agenda. Some of them, like this one, originate out of our desire to help animals as they relate to different campaigns, causes and projects. Every year, for example, as we have since 1988, we actively lobby at the State Capitol to pass pro-animal or defeat anti-animal bills. This year is no different, but we could use your help, those willing.
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, 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 and I hope we can work together on this and other important issues in the months and years to come.