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Take Action to Help Stop Damaging Animal Cruelty Bill!

Written by: Kimberly Ring
legislative-welfareIt's back! HB2429, a bill that reduces the penalties for animal abuse and weakens cruelty protection for farm animals, has reached the Arizona Legislature and we need your help to stop it! The bill is an amended version of the measure that failed last session with the support of animal lovers like you. The fight continues, this year.   HB2429, livestock; poultry; animal cruelty; violation (Barton), contains some beneficial language on hoarding, but again prioritizes the safety of some animals over others.  We can, and should, do better for all animals in Arizona.   We stand with our partners in law enforcement who also strongly oppose this bill, which reduces the penalties for livestock abuse by removing  farm animals (including horses) from Arizona’s animal cruelty code and places them in a new, weaker section under the agriculture code, and removes felony penalties for even the most egregious acts of animal cruelty.  View the full fact sheet.  
Please contact your two Arizona State House Members, immediately, and encourage them to vote “no.”
The bill is expected to be heard on the House floor this week. You can find your Legislative District here and see contact information for your two members of the State House of Representatives here.   As we saw last year, your voices do make a difference!   For more information on all 2015 animal welfare legislative initiatives, visit our advocacy page.
February 18, 2015