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Animal Advocates of Arizona Message Board › 2 Good Animal Bills Passed In Last Days Of Legislative Session!

2 Good Animal Bills Passed In Last Days Of Legislative Session!

Group Organizer
Phoenix, AZ
Post #: 305
Message on behalf of Kari Nienstedt, AZ Director of HSUS:


SB 1115, a bill to strengthen the animal fighting statutes, passed both chambers by the wide margins of 28 to 1 in the Senate and 53 to 1 in the House. The bill, which started out addressing only animal fighting, was amended to incorporate several other animal-friendly measures, and includes:


Expanding the current dogfighting statutes to prohibit the intentional, staged fighting of any species of animal. By expanding the dogfighting law to cover all animals, lawmakers have made a clear statement that Arizona will not tolerate any form of animal fighting, including hog-dog fighting in which one or more trained dogs are placed in combat against a feral hog for the purpose of human amusement. These fights involve timed intervals of hogs and dogs secured in inescapable pens during which time both the dogs and hogs regularly suffer trauma and injuries ranging from bite wounds to mutilation. Dogs may have their chests torn open by the hog’s tusks and hogs often suffer life-threatening wounds, suffering until their impending death.


Creating a registry of equine rescue facilities and a public list of registered equine rescue facilities at Department of Agriculture offices and on the department's Website.


Creating a procedure for kennel inspections. A person who operates a kennel that houses fewer than 20 dogs may be subject to an inspection by the county enforcement agent during regular business hours if the county enforcement agent has received a citizen or law enforcement complaint in writing that alleges the person committed animal cruelty. A person who operates a kennel that houses 20 dogs or more shall allow inspections of the kennel by the county enforcement agent as a condition of receiving a kennel permit.


Banning the practice of “horse tripping.” Horse tripping is the practice of roping the legs of a galloping horse, which then causes the horse to trip and fall to the ground. Horse tripping is so widely recognized as cruel that it has already been banned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and by the American Quarter Horse Association. This practice has been banned in film and television production for over 50 years.

Many different legislators played key roles in moving this bill forward and a broad coalition of local groups and individuals worked hard to get this bill passed. This was an incredible community effort!

See how your legislator voted on this bill by clicking the following links:
Senate Votes
House Votes


HB2458 requires an unlicensed dog or cat that has been impounded or a dog or cat who has bitten a person to be spayed/neutered and microchipped before released to the (guardian) from a shelter. A person who wishes to forgo the spay/neuter requirement is required to pay a fee.

A special thank-you goes out to Representative Court for introducing this bill. The legislation passed both chambers by the wide margins of 18 to 9 in the Senate and 31 to 9 in the House.

See how your legislator voted on this bill by clicking the following links:
Senate Votes
House Votes

We are grateful to Governor Brewer, our lawmakers, and bill sponsors for their action on these bills. Please take a moment to let the supportive legislators and Governor Brewer know you appreciate their votes on these animal-friendly bills.

If you do not know who your two state Representatives and one state Senator are, click here.

For contact info:
House Members
Senate Members
Governor Brewer

We made significant and meaningful progress for animals in Arizona this year. We are committed to continuing to fight for other important issues in 2010, and look forward to more successes next session. To learn how to take your passion for protecting animals even further, please join the Humane Action Network - a grassroots network of dedicated animal advocates who work to pass animal protection legislation and actively participate in campaigns to protect animals from cruelty and suffering by clicking here.

Thank you for all you do for animals!

Kari Nienstedt
AZ Director
Humane Society of the United States
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