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
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