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 neglect and hoarding more difficult. 
Senate Bill 1227 is sponsored by Senator John Kavanagh and many other bipartisan legislators. This bill defines “hoarding” and makes it a crime; 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. 
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  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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Advice and Resources for Kitten Season

Submitted by Karen Michael on 05/01/2015 - 9:48am

Thanks to Channel 3 for spreading the TNR message and to caregiver Donna for doing a great interview! Please spread the word, if you find Mom and kittens in your yard,call the Spay Neuter Hotline 602 265-7729 or visit!

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Gov. Ducey Vetoes HB 2150!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 04/06/2015 - 5:41pm
In his first veto in office, Governor Ducey vetoed the bill that would have severely weakened protection from cruelty for horses and farm animals. In his veto letter, Gov. Ducey stated 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.”
Thanks to all of you for taking action! According to the Arizona Republic, the governor's office received 19,248 calls/emails opposing the bill, and 3 in support. 
Please take a moment to thank Governor Ducey for vetoing HB 2150. You can reach him at 602.542.4331 or read more
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Help Stop Bill Targeting Farm Animals!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 02/18/2015 - 9:31am

It's Back....The bill to weaken cruelty protection for farm animals is back in the Arizona Legislature and we need your help to stop it! The bill is an amended version of the measure that failed last session. 

HB 2429, livestock; poultry; animal cruelty; violation (Barton), contains some beneficial language on hoarding, but would do far more harm than good for animals.  The bill removes 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. 

Click here to take action!

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Trap program targets feral cat problem in Phoenix area

Submitted by Karen Michael on 01/28/2015 - 4:15pm

Volunteers with Trap Neuter Return are trapping, spaying and neutering cats to help keep down the Valley's stray populations, and hopefully prevent cats from euthanasia. Read article

Thanks to Ryan Van Velzer of the Arizona Republic for getting out to see the Spay Neuter Hotline in action!


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New AZ Law Requires Injury Reporting at Tucson Dog Track!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 05/26/2014 - 12:02pm

Governor Brewer signed the law requiring full public reporting of greyhound injuries Jett (photo: Karyn Zoldan)and deaths at Tucson Greyhound Park! Thanks to Representatives Ethan Orr & John Kavanagh, GREY2K USA, The Humane Society of the United States - Arizona, Animal Defense League of Arizona, Humane Voters of AZ, Susan Via, Jamie Massey, Joe Romack, Nancy Young Wright, Caryn Wood, Karyn Zoldan, Sylvia Arena, and all the advocates who contacted legislators!

Click here for the Tucson News video on the new law.

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