Diverse Coalition Opposes Latest Legislative Power Grab

Submitted by Karen Michael on 03/24/2016 - 12:00pm

Animal Defense League and other groups spoke out in opposition to bills that attack our citizens' initiative process. 

PRESS RELEASE
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
March 23, 2016

PHOENIX – Today a coalition of diverse organizations, including Arizona Advocacy Network, Sierra Club, Humane Society of the United States, Arizona Education Association, Animal Defense League of Arizona, League of Women Voters Arizona, Humane Voters of Arizona, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, AZ Alliance for Retired Americans, Arizona AFL-CIO, Arizona Education Association – Retired, AFSCME, and SEI Arizona, called on the Arizona Legislature to oppose two bills that would eviscerate the voter protection provisions of the Arizona Constitution.  Read more

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Help Stop Pro-Puppy Mill Bill in AZ State Legislature!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 03/12/2016 - 10:09am
We need your help right now!
 
HB 2113, a pro-puppy-mill bill, is being heard on Monday at 9 a.m. in the Senate’s Natural Resource committee in the Arizona State Legislature. Yes. A bill SUPPORTING puppy mills.
 
If it passes, it will undo the ordinances passed in Tempe and Phoenix to ban the sale of puppies from puppy mills — and it will prevent other Arizona cities from passing similar ordinances. This "striker" bill is being rushed through the Legislature without proper study and is framed in a deceptive way to imply that pet stores will be "responsibly regulated." Make no mistake, the bill will allow the puppy-mill pipeline to thrive in Arizona.
 
We need you to reach out NOW to the senators on that committee. Make a call. Send an email. Contact them on Facebook or Twitter. Politely ask them to vote ‘no’ on HB 2113, which benefits puppy mills at the expense of consumers. If your senator is on this committee, be sure to mention that you are a resident in his/her district.
 
Senator David Farnsworth: (602) 926-3020; DFarnsworth@azleg.gov
Senator Robert Meza: (602) 926-3425; rmeza@azleg.gov
Senator Catherine Miranda: (602) 926-4893; CMiranda@azleg.gov
Senator Barbara McGuire: (602) 926-5836; BMcGuire@azleg.gov
Senator Steve Pierce, Chair: (602) 926-5584; SPierce@azleg.gov
Senator Don Shooter, Vice Chairman: (602) 926-4139; DShooter@azleg.gov
 
You can also sign a petition to legislators to oppose HB 2113. Please take action and share with your Arizona contacts. Thank you!
 
 
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26,000 Animals Saved through Fix Adopt Save Program

Submitted by Karen Michael on 03/10/2016 - 11:34am
 
 
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, community leaders, and animal protection groups
attended the Fix.Adopt.Save (FAS) press conference on March 1st to announce progress so far on a three-year campaign that began in April 2013, to decrease pet homelessness in Maricopa County. Seven organizations including ADLA, have worked together to decrease euthanasia by 71 per cent since 2012, saving over 26,000 dogs and cats
 
ADLA President Stephanie Nichols-Young spoke about ADLA’s Spay Neuter Hotline, the importance of increasing availability and awareness of spay/neuter surgeries through free and low-cost options and Trap Neuter Return. Cat euthanasia has decreased by 79 per cent since 2012. These combined efforts have also decreased intake at shelters by 38%, about 32,000 animals. You can watch Stephanie's presentation here.
 
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ADLA Presentation on Wild Horses on March 16th

Submitted by Karen Michael on 03/10/2016 - 11:27am
Please join ADLA for a free, informative presentation on Wild Horses on March 16th in Phoenix.

Salt River Wild Horse photo by Robert Rinsem

Speakers include D.J. Schubert, renowned wildlife biologist and ADLA board member; and Deniz Bolbol, Communications Director of the American Wild Horse Preservation Coalition. They will discuss Federal laws and policies impacting wild horses and burros and current places in Arizona where horses and burros may be at risk.
 
When: 
Wednesday, March 16th, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
 
Where: 
Church of the Beatitudes, Youth Community Room
555 W. Glendale Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021 (map)
Please RSVP to kmichael@adlaz.org
      
 (Salt River Wild Horse photo by Robert Rinsem)
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AZ Residents: Call Now on Bill to Overturn Citizen Initiatives!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 02/18/2016 - 11:19am
A dangerous bill that would overturn citizen initiatives is moving through the Arizona Legislature and we need your help to defeat it! 
 
There was a time in Arizona when leghold traps, poisons, and snares could lawfully be placed on our public lands. When entire families attended brutal cockfighting events held in large arenas. And when it was legal to confine pregnant pigs and calves raised for veal in factory farms. Thanks to our citizen initiative process, Arizona voters banned every one of these cruel practices.
 
But now, legislators are attempting to turn the clock back by repealing hard-fought animal protection laws. HCR 2023 (Thorpe) would allow the Arizona Legislature to repeal citizen initiatives with a 60% vote. If this bill is referred to the ballot and passed, legislators could overturn animal protection initiatives already passed by voters, including bans on leghold traps, cockfighting, and the cruel confinement of farm animals.
 
What You Can Do 
 
This damaging bill has passed the Arizona House and is now in the Senate. Please call your senator and politely ask him/her to vote 'no' on HCR 2023 (Prop 105, legislative authority). Be sure to mention that you are a resident in his/her district. You can contact your senator here.
 
Bill Information
 
HCR 2023 Proposition 105; legislative authority (Rep Thorpe), upon voter approval, modifies the Legislature’s power to  repeal, amend, supersede and transfer monies designated by initiative or referendum measures (Proposition 105). Allows the Legislature to repeal or amend an initiative or referendum by a 60% roll call vote. HCR 2023 requires the Secretary of State to submit this proposition to the voters at the next general election.
 
Background on Citizen Initiatives and Prop 105
 
Proposition 105, the Voter Protection Act, was passed in 1998 to prevent the Legislature from undermining citizen initiatives. It is an important safeguard to protect measures passed by voters.  
 
Arizona’s citizen initiative process is a constitutional right which was enacted at statehood in 1912. It is the single most important tool for protecting Arizona’s animals, and provides one of our only checks on legislative power. Thanks to grassroots citizens’ ballot measures, leghold traps, snares, and poisons were banned on public lands in 1994, and cockfighting was outlawed in 1998. In 2006, voters overwhelmingly approved the Humane Treatment of Farm Animals Act, an initiative that banned the cruel confinement of pregnant pigs and calves raised for veal. All of these measures failed in the Legislature, yet were passed by Arizona voters, most by large margins. 
 
We cannot allow the Legislature to overturn hard-won animal protection laws passed by Arizona voters. Please Act Now!
 
 
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ADLA Helps Sponsor Animal Protection Bill

Submitted by Karen Michael on 02/03/2016 - 5:25pm
The Arizona State Legislature is in session and ADLA volunteers are working to pass animal protection bills and to kill damaging legislation. 
 
ADLA is a member of the Humane Legislative Coalition of Arizona, which has sponsored a measure that would strengthen our state animal cruelty law and correct longstanding loopholes that make prosecution of animal abuse more difficult. 
 
Senate Bill 1227 is sponsored by Senator John Kavanagh and many other bipartisan legislators. This bill raises penalties for ‘second-strike’ abusers; defines the reasonable amount and type of food, water and shelter required for proper care of an animal; and raises bond amount in animal seizure hearings to $250. 
 
We are also strongly opposing House Bill 2330, sponsored by Reps Barton and Gowan, which is nearly identical to the bad farm animal bill that Governor Ducey vetoed last year, stating that "We must ensure that all animals are protected, and mindful that increasing protections for one class of animals does not inadvertently undercut protections for another.”
 
Despite the governor's veto, agriculture industry lobbyists have reintroduced virtually the same deceptive bill, which removes farm animals from Arizona’s definition of animals in the criminal code and places them under a new category with weaker protections. HB 2330 also omits the crime of “abandonment” and requirement to provide medical care to farm animals, which are crimes under current law, and prevents any city or county for enacting stronger animal cruelty laws. Update (Feb. 29): HB 2330 is now dead, but we have concerns that a similar version of the bill may be introduced in this session. 
  
ADLA is tracking other bills that affect animals and we will keep you updated on their progress. If you would like to become involved, please email legislative@adlaz.org  with your name, address, and/or state legislative district.
 
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Happy Holidays!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 12/22/2015 - 10:42am

 

Happy Holidays and Thanks from ADLA!

  

                   Nadia and Olga

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Fall is for Felines!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 09/28/2015 - 5:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

Fall is for Felines! Help us spay/neuter 1000 cats! Read more in ADLA's latest newsletter

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City of Tempe Approves TNR Partnership with ADLA

Submitted by Anonymous on 06/14/2015 - 12:26pm

On June 12, the Tempe City Council unanimously approved a partnership with ADLA to conduct TNR. Thanks to the City of Tempe for its commitment to help outdoor cats! (read more)

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Speak Up for Endangered Wolves and Tempe Cats!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 06/09/2015 - 12:57pm
Please speak up for animals at two important meetings coming up this week. 
 
Support TNR of Outdoor Cats at Tempe City Council Meeting
 
Please support outdoor cats at the Tempe City Council meeting on Thursday, June 11, at 6:00 pm. (read more)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stand for Wolves at AZ Game and Fish Commission Meeting

Lobos Need Your Voice! Please speak for them at the Commission meeting on June 12th! (read more)
 
 
 

 

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