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Too Cute To Be Equipment, Too Brave To Go Down Without A Fight!
Follow the bill on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/MilitaryWorki…
Currently Military Working Dogs (MWDs) are still referred to as equipment. When the military doesn’t need them any more they are considered excess equipment and the military no longer has responsibility for them. They are usually retired for medical reasons. Medical bills for our retired MWDs can be astronomically high.
During the 112th Congress, North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones (R) introduced the House version of The Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act on 28 February 2012 and Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal (D) introduced the Senate version of The Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act on 27 February 2012.
This bill had bi-partisan support, bicameral support and support north & south of the Mason/Dixon Line. The Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act uses no tax-payer money. It does not take away from human Veterans' care.
Parts of the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act were amended into and passed in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013.
Six United States Senators sent a letter to Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense urging him to take advantage of the statutory authority they gave him to transport Military Working Dogs to a suitable location for adoption. They encourage him to implement the statutory change allowing him to provide guidance to improve the quality and lower the costs of veterinary care in a manner that allows for nonprofit organizations to execute this provision. They suggest that he provide a letter of commendation to each MWD that identifies the MWD's meritorious service and provide additional recognition as appropriate. All as allowed thanks to the amendment to the NDAA. While not in the NDAA they encourage Secretary Panetta to reexamine the current classification of MWDs as equipment and reclassify them as canine members of the Armed Forces.
Michael B. Donley, Secretary of the Air Force replied to the Senators’ letter. Regarding transportation he indicates that many adopters pay transportation costs. He acknowledges the veterinary care portion. He indicated that he provides letters of commendation to retiring MWDs as warranted. He indicated that MWDs are not referred to or treated as equipment, but did not offer to change the Air Force Manual to reflect that.
On 3 October 2013 we received a copy of a Bullet Background Paper on Military Working Dogs Classified as Equipment. PURPOSE:  “Provide information on AF Classification of military working dogs (MWD) as equipment. SUMMARY:  “Wording contained in AFMAN 31-219 referring to MWDs as equipment is misleading compared to the level of respect military personnel have for their K-9 partners and care given to them. This verbiage is outdated and is being rewritten.  This new, updated publication will indicate the true level of appreciation and respect the USAF has for these valuable members of our USAF team.”
Our current goal is to remind the Air Force that we watching for the updated manual.
link: www.change.org/petitions/too-c…
PLEASE PASS FLORIDA'S ANIMAL RESCUE ACT - SB 1534 - End the Needless Killing of Animals
INNOCENT ANIMALS NEED YOUR HELP!
On February 28, 2014 Florida State Senator Joseph Abruzzo filed Senate Bill 1534, otherwise known as the Animal Rescue Act.
This Act mandates as follows:
If a shelter or rescue group is willing to take possession of an animal, the animal may not be euthanized.
An animal control agency or animal shelter may not euthanize an animal until the agency or shelter has notified each agency, shelter, and rescue group on its registry which has indicated a willingness and ability to take an animal of that type.
An animal control agency or animal shelter that euthanizes animals shall maintain a registry of other agencies, shelters, or animal rescue groups that are willing and able to accept an animal that is at risk of euthanasia.
Notification must take place at least 24 hours before the animal is scheduled to be euthanized.
The Florida Animal Rescue Act also includes important safeguards to combat previous opposition that rescue groups and shelters can be "hoarders".  Although this objection has no basis in fact, the Act allows that an agency or shelter may refuse to include in, or may remove a rescue group from, its registry if a current director, officer, staff member, or volunteer of the rescue group has been convicted or charged with a crime relating to animal cruelty or neglect.
As an additional safeguard, a shelter may require a rescue group to provide monthly, for public inspection, data which includes the number of animals that have been placed with the rescue group from an agency or shelter, the number that have been adopted, and the number that remain in the care of the rescue group.
THERE IS NO LEGITIMATE REASON FOR THIS BILL TO FAIL - EVEN THOUGH A SIMILAR BILL FAILED IN 2012.
It is the duty of animal lover to actively work towards the passage of this law.  History tells us that there are Florida Legislators who can be intimidated, and who will allow the needless killing of tens of thousands of Animals.
Like similar laws enacted before it in California, Delaware, and other states, the Florida Animal Rescue Act further paves the way for a national commitment to cease the needless killing of innocent animals.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Please share this with everyone you know!
PLEASE SUPPORT THESE ANIMALS BY SIGNING THIS PETITION.
The petition shall be delivered to Florida State Senators; Florida State Representatives; Florida State House; Florida State Senate
Link: www.change.org/petitions/state…
Their website: www.dixiecountyhumanesociety.o…
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:iconsameerprehistorica:
Why the 2 petitions (Pledge to Be Fur-Free !) and (Stand By Animals In China) got declined ?
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Cynpai Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A couple months ago, I posted a comment about police brutality against dogs, and I'd like to reiterate just how severe this epidemic is.

WARNING: the following video is extremely graphic and disturbing, and contains video footage and audio of dogs being shot to death by law enforcement officers. The dogs scream in pain, and often suffer tremendously before finally dying. Viewer discretion is advised.

Click here to watch
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I have signed many animal petitions and will keep on signing. I have posted them in my journal. Sometimes i post some other things as well but most of the posts in my journal are Animal petitions. There are are many of them. So,if any one loves animals very much,see my journal and find the petitions post and sign as much as you can when you are free.
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Cynpai Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[link] - Not necessarily abuse, but certainly a widespread over-stepping of police authority. The link is to a Google Map view of dog deaths by police officers.
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:iconilaaaria:
Thank you very much for have added my journal in your group! :hug:
I did not know of the existence of this group! (O.O")
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