Arkansas State Legislature: Drop HB2160; Mandatory Spay/Neuter is Ineffective; Low-Cost Spay/Neuter is the Answer
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Arkansas State Legislature
Arkansas State House
Arkansas-014
State Rep. Walls McCrary
Arkansas-056
State Rep. Joe Jett
Arkansas-019
State Rep. Nate Steel
Arkansas-009
State Rep. Sheilla Lampkin
Arkansas-097
State Rep. Bob Ballinger
Arkansas-045
State Rep. Jeremy Gillam
Arkansas-099
State Rep. Kelley Linck
Arkansas-072
State Rep. Stephen Magie
Arkansas-053
State Rep. Homer Lenderman
Arkansas-091
State Rep. Dan Douglas
Arkansas-002
State Rep. Lane Jean
Arkansas-074
State Rep. Jon Eubanks
Arkansas-086
State Rep. Greg Leding
Arkansas-035
State Rep. John Edwards
Arkansas-067
State Rep. Stephen Meeks
Arkansas-060
State Rep. James Ratliff
Arkansas-083
State Rep. David Branscum
Arkansas-075
State Rep. Charlotte Douglas
Arkansas-006
State Rep. Matthew Shepherd
Arkansas-065
State Rep. Tommy Thompson

Arkansas State Legislature: Drop HB2160; Mandatory Spay/Neuter is Ineffective; Low-Cost Spay/Neuter is the Answer

    1. Denise Mulliken
    2. Petition by

      Denise Mulliken

      Fayetteville, AR

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April 2013

Victory

Denise Mulliken: GOOD NEWS! HB2160 was pulled down and sent to interim study. It was pulled down before anyone was allowed to testify for or against it. This means it will not be heard again this session but may come up in 2015. We'll be watching!!

HB2160 would require pet owners to sterilize their mixed-breed dogs and cats by the time they are six months old. Mandatory Spay/Neuter laws are ineffective. They hurt poor and low-income pet owners and their pets, discourage pet ownership, and empower animal control agencies to impound and kill more pets. The answer is not punitive legislation like mandatory spay/neuter laws. The answer is to implement policies and programs that make high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter programs widely available.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. HB2160 will not make it out of committee this session.

      Denise Mulliken
      Petition Organizer

      GOOD NEWS! HB2160 was pulled down and sent to interim study. It was pulled down before anyone was allowed to testify for or against it. This means it will not be heard again this session but may come up in 2015.

      We'll be watching!!Share your latest development here.

    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. No Action on HB2160 in the Committee today.

      Denise Mulliken
      Petition Organizer

      No action was taken on HB2160 at today's meeting. It may come up for consideration at the next meeting of the committee next Wednesday 3/27. KEEP SHARING THIS PETITION AND SENDING THOSE E-MAILS TO THE COMMITTEE AND MAKING THOSE CALLS (the In Session number for the house is 501-682-6211).

    4. WE ARE BEING HEARD!!

      Denise Mulliken
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday, we received a call from Rep. Armstrong who is sponsoring HB2160. He seemed to be very opened-minded and willing to discuss the issues. He said he had received a lot of feedback for and against the bill. I told him about our opposition to mandatory legislation, that it always backfires and results in more shelter killing, that it hurts low-income people, that making low-cost spay/neuter services was the best alternative, and told him that the No Kill Equation is the ultimate solution to shelter killing. Later, we received an e-mail from Rep. Greg Leding, who wrote that he is voting against HB2160. We are being heard!! Please continue to share this petition and contact your representative and the members of the House Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development and tell them you oppose HB2160..

    5. Mandatory Spay/Neuter Laws lead to increased shelter killing.

      Denise Mulliken
      Petition Organizer

      In 2008, Los Angeles passed a law mandating that all dogs and cats be spayed and neutered. The results were disasterous. In 2011, 5 years after the mandatory spay/neuter ordinance was put into effect to try to DECREASE shelter euthanasia, 38% more dogs were impounded and 56% more dogs were euthanized than the year prior to the ordinance taking effect. The numbers for cats were equally poor. Major national organizations ons like the American Veterinary Medical Assocation, ASPCA, Best Friends, American Humane Assocation, Ally Cat Allies, and No Kill Advocacty Center are all opposed to mandatory spay/neuter laws. This doesn't mean there is opposition to spay/neuter -- but an opposition to mandating it for individuals when the laws have continued to fail, over and over, and targeted, voluntary, low cost spay/neuter programs continue to prove to be effective and efficient ways of generating positive results. Please sign and share today!

    6. Reached 200 signatures
    7. The time to act is NOW. Please share and encourage others to join us.

      Denise Mulliken
      Petition Organizer

      HB 2160 is making its way through the House Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development. The time to sign the petition is NOW. The time to contact your representative to express your opposition to this legislation is NOW. If you haven't signed the petition, please consider doing so, and then SHARE, SHARE, SHARE. Ask your family, friends, and colleagues to sign the petition and contact their representatives.

      HB2160 would require pet owners to sterilize their mixed-breed dogs and cats by the time they are six months old. Mandatory Spay/Neuter laws are ineffective. They hurt poor and low-income pet owners and their pets, discourage pet ownership, and empower animal control agencies to impound and kill more pets. The answer is not punitive legislation like mandatory spay/neuter laws. The answer is to implement policies and programs that make high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter programs widely available

      Please act NOW!!

    8. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Morell Mullins NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR
      • over 1 year ago

      I've heard it is falsely being "sold" as an anti-puppy mill law.

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    • Linda Hall HOT SPRINGS, AR
      • over 1 year ago

      If you think it will hurt the low income people than the answer is to have BOTH Mandatory S/N law along with the low cost clinic to help those that can't afford the cost. S/N is the only thing that is going to get the over population of cats and dogs under control. Until that happens way to many animals are going to SUFFER and DIE.

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    • Mary Ann Taft MALVERN, AR
      • over 1 year ago

      This is the only way to reduce the number of unwanted animals who die in our shelter, are abandoned on our roads and left to fend for themselves.

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      • over 1 year ago

      Education and Spay and Neutering are most important Agendas.

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    • Jodda Mitchell MALVERN, AR
      • over 1 year ago

      This bill is more of the legislature's war on the poor, as they would be disproportionately affected by forced sterilization.

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