The laws for animals, dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and other domestic species in this Country and around the world for that matter are not really doing them much good. The laws are either too lenient or completely useless and absent. Animals are being mutilated, murdered, dumped and bred to death everywhere you look in all parts of the United States. Regular citizens not involved in rescue, for the most part, are oblivious to what is going on, or better yet- to the extent of what is happening. People are either uneducated, unwilling or have no resources to help them in an effort to make life for these animals better and it leaves the rescuers and a small portion of people the difficult task of trying to clean up the mess. National, State, and City/ County programs are not readily available for people to help in most cases, and the funding is almost non-existent. I, along with many other animal loving people and rescuers would love to see that change. In many cases, city and county shelters are only as successful as they are because of volunteers and avenues that are utilized by non-shelter and non-government employees like the many Facebook pages and other social media outlets. What little success we have in making positive change for these animals is dependent on these unpaid volunteers, many times with little or no help from anyone in our shelters or political offices. I would love to propose higher fines to individuals found guilty of animal crimes as the current penalties all across our nation are too lenient and insulting and other fines for careless ownership that could be used to fund and assist with these programs on a national level such as a mandatory microchip program with the assistance of all legitimate breeders, shelters, rescues and veterinarians on board. A program to build facilities in communities that are free or low-cost and funded by a minimal increase in taxes and fees for pet ownership- or better yet a small reduction taken from another source such as the taxes paid to the school district and using that and applying it to an animal fund that could be distributed to each community. I have heard from some people that it is not fair to have a blanket tax for animal care, because not everyone owns or is fond of animals. Well, not everyone has children either, and they are legally required to pay taxes in their communities to the local school districts. This tax would help to educate the communities across our nation and also provide services to help eliminate some of the problems we all face with this epidemic of homeless and abused animals. The communities, whether you own a pet are not are affected in ways by this epidemic as a whole. â€¨Other ideas would be higher fees for registering pets. Even higher fees for unaltered pets. Higher impound fees for animals that are picked up by Animal Control. You may think that if these laws are passed it will just make people more eager to abandon their pets to avoid these fees. Well, as our government does with other violations, if an animal is picked up and if the owner refuses to pay the fee, the fine increases and eventually if left unpaid a warrant and more fees are issued and continue accruing until the fine is paid. Why not? We do this with speeding tickets and more, so why do we not do this when precious lives are involved? More ideas I propose and would love to see changes within are detailed below and just the tip of the iceberg and what I would love to see set in motion:
*Stiff regulations for private citizens who breed animals, for whatever reason. Animals should not be used as an income source and if they are, why does our government not tax these individuals? We need local task forces who monitor and regulate these people for the sake of these animals. Many are sold unvaccinated and sick, unaltered and to anyone willing to pay big bucks for them- many times putting these animals in the hands of criminals and people who abuse them.
* Community facilities that could be funded by these higher or new taxes for animal care, and a possible tax break for any licensed veterinarians willing to donate their time on a monthly basis to staff these facilities. If there are 50 veterinarians in this community, and 30 donate their time for this tax break incentive- then each works only one day per month or two days per month for a staff of 2 veterinarians per day. Of course the other volunteers, such as techs and office personnel would also be eligible for tax incentives as well.
*For all legitimate breeders, they are allowed only 2 litters per year, and must pay a breeders tax to operate. All animals that are born that are not of 'show quality' are altered prior to adoption, and all unaltered show quality animals adopted out are subjected to an annual tax as well since the owners will also generally breed or will make profit by showing these animals in the show circuit. How bad do they want that dog is the question?
* A national database that will track animal abusers and list their information for shelters, breeders and rescues to be able to access to better ensure the safety of these animals we are fighting to help. A protected database that requires a fee to access, but is mandatory for all operating shelters, rescues and breeders to have. A database that the general public cannot add information to or access information from. This way it is not abused and inaccurate info is not added to spite anyone. All entries must be documented by law enforcement and each person added to the database must be found guilty and liable in the eyes of the law.
* Harsher sentences for animal abusers and higher fines. Our animal abuse laws are a joke and the fines are too low. Studies have shown that animal abuse and torture can be a gateway to harsher crimes later on, even ones against and involving people. Animals are defenseless, like children are- and need to be protected.
*An END to all gassing facilities in this country. If you have never seen a gassing video- please watch one and then tell me this is not cruel. There is no need to cause these animals such harsh torture when an injection can be administered to allow them to die peacefully. No reason at all for gassing shelters. We are better than that as a nation.
*We are required to take classes for so many things in this country to prove we are competent and experienced enough to gain privileges. We take drivers courses; many take marriage-counseling courses, yet when a life is involved, no course at all is required. These are living breathing creatures and we do not protect them, as we should. We need to educate our communities on proper care and responsibilities prior to owning an animal. With other programs I have in mind, these things could all work together to fund the rest.
*ALL shelters should be required to charge fees for surrendering animals to their facilities. I have heard that IF this is passed, people will just start dumping dogs in record amounts. Well, that is where my microchip law and plan would come into play. Hand in hand these laws can work together, and could potentially generate a large amount of funds for animals and their care on the government level for many of these programs. I also believe even with a fee being paid to surrender an animal, all people surrendering should be required to watch a short documentary type video of life in a shelter including euthanasia to see the extent of what happens to many of these animals once surrendered. I believe if this was required, many people would figure out a way to keep their animals. And if they still are adamant about surrendering and their dog does not make it out, they must be present the day the animal is set to be killed. If they are a no show- another fine is administered and they are required to pay and fees accrue until paid.
I know my ideas are controversial, and I know some may think they are harsh- but we need harsh! The people who are responsible owners and care for their animals and the promise they made to protect them will not have a problem with this. The ones that do are the ones who fear the law because of the way they treat their animals, or the way they deny their animals what they need. This is no longer just a problem in our country, but now an EPIDEMIC. Dogs and other companion animals are being killed in masses in our country's shelters. People are abusing and neglecting these animals in staggering numbers and many more are seeing these animals suffering and merely looking the other way and ignoring it. It is time we, as a country, stand up for these animals and are the voice they need. I ask all of you to write to your local congressmen and women and also to the people I have listed below. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE FOR THE ANIMALS.
Please, when you have a free moment in your busy schedule I ask all of you to sign my petition. This problem is not getting better, only worse. Animals are being murdered in droves in shelters and on the streets because we can't find homes for them quick enough, and in the meantime down the street some uneducated or greedy owner is breeding his dog and just adding to the crisis. This is a matter I can no longer keep quiet about. I am pleading with you to please help me to help the animals of this county... and to be a hero and a voice for so many who have no voice to speak for themselves. Please share this petition so we may move forward in this cause.
HOW TO WRITE TO YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN:
Congressional Animal Protection Caucus
JIM MORAN- Chairman
Washington DC Office
2239 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4376
Fax: (202) 225-0017
333 N. Fairfax St., Suite 201
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 971-4700
Fax: (703) 922-9436
ELTON GALLEGLY- Chairman
2309 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0523
(202) 225-5811 FAX: (202) 225-1100
Office Hours: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday.
5051 Verdugo Way, Suite 120
Camarillo, CA 93012
(805) 482-2424 Toll Free: (800) 423-0023 FAX: (805) 482-0024
Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday.
485 Alisal Road, Unit 144
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 686-2525 FAX: (805) 686-2566
Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday, Wednesday & Friday
With the upcoming election, I have not listed an email address for the President of the United States. I have however listed the White House Address though for all interested. When all the signatures are collected which will be after the election, the completed list will be forwarded to the President of the United States- whoever that will be.
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500