Comments Submitted on Grand Canyon Bison Environmental Assessment

Submitted by Karen Michael on 06/18/2017 - 11:32am

DJ Schubert, Wildlife Biologist and ADLA Board Member, recently submitted comments on the National Park Service's Bison Herd Reduction Environmental Assessment. Comments were submitted to NPS on behalf of ADLA, Animal Welfare Institute, and Humane Society of the United States, stating that the groups "strongly encourage the National Park Service to reconsider its strategies for bison management in Grand Canyon National Park and to embrace non-lethal and humane methods to manage the bison herd if credible evidence exists that such management is necessary." Read comments here.

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ADLA Victories and New Campaigns

Submitted by Karen Michael on 06/08/2017 - 9:00am

ADLA Victories and New Campaigns: the (very) Good, the Bad, and the (somewhat) Ugly!

The Good
With your support, Animal Defense League of Arizona and its partners with the Humane Legislative Coalition of Arizona (HLCA)* successfully led efforts to pass the Spay Neuter Act and the Samaritan Hot Car Law. These bills will soon become state law and benefit animals throughout Arizona.
The Bad
In the 2017 session the Legislature introduced a slew of bills aimed at dismantling citizen initiatives, and passed two bills that would significantly impact the ability of the animal protection community to utilize initiatives to protect Arizona’s animals.
We Need Your Help
The Voters of Arizona committee has filed a referendum campaign to refer HB 2404 and HB 2244 which passed the Legislature to Arizona voters on the 2018 ballot and to enjoin them from going into effect until voters have their say.  We need citizen volunteers to help us collect petition signatures. We will train you and give you everything you need to succeed - we just need your time! Please visit Voters of Arizona or call 480.420.9924 to sign up. Read more
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Good Samaritan Hot Car Bill Passed and Signed!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 05/12/2017 - 7:44am

Governor Ducey has signed the Good Samaritan Hot Car Bill into law!

HB 2494 passed the Arizona House on the final day of the session by a vote of 35-20-5. It had previously passed the Senate 20-7-3.The measure  aims to end hot-car deaths and allows good Samaritans to take action without risk of civil liability if they rescue a child or a pet from a hot car.

The bill was sponsored by Senator John Kavanagh, a longtime animal welfare advocate who drafted the legislation with the support of the Humane Legislative Coalition of Arizona (HLCA) comprised of the Animal Defense League of Arizona, the Arizona Humane Society, Humane Society of Southern Arizona and Humane Voters of Arizona. The Humane Society of the United States and Don’t Leave also supported the bill. ADLA thanks HLCA government consultant Brian Tassinari for his efforts to get HB 2494 passed. Also thanks to the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association for endorsing this legislation. And finally, thanks to everyone who contacted their legislators in support of HB 2494. 

HB 2494 Provisions

A person who uses reasonable force to remove a child or domestic animal from a locked motor  vehicle is not liable for damages in a civil action if they comply with the following conditions:

1. The rescuer has a good faith belief that the confined child or pet is in imminent danger of suffering physical injury or death unless they are removed from the vehicle
2. The rescuer determines the car is locked or there is no reasonable manner in which the person can remove the child or pet. 
3. Before entering the vehicle, the rescuer notifies the proper authorities (defined).
4. The rescuer does not use more force than is necessary under the circumstances to enter the vehicle.
5. The rescuer remains with the child or pet until the authorities arrive.
Read more about the bill here.

Photo of Chester courtesy of Animal Legal Defense Fund

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Spay Neuter Bill Passed and Signed into Law!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 04/22/2017 - 7:53am
We are pleased to report that Spay Neuter Bill - HB 2523 passed the Arizona Legislature and was signed into law by Governor Ducey! 
This will allow Arizona residents to make a voluntary contribution through the tax check-off program to fund much-needed affordable spay/neuter services throughout Arizona. Monies raised via this voluntary check off program will be administered at no additional cost through an existing fund.
Thanks to everyone who took action and reached out to their elected officials asking for support of Arizona’s animals! The measure passed the House by a vote of 42-11-2 and passed the Senate 23-6-1.  If your legislators voted 'yes' on the bill, please thank them for their support. Special thanks to Representative Drew John, who sponsored HB 2523, and to Senator Kate Brophy McGee, who sponsored the original version of the bill. 
ADLA believes that many problems that confront companion animals are a result of their overpopulation. That is why virtually all of our resources for companion animals are devoted to the Spay Neuter Hotline. For a small organization like ours, spay/neuter programs are the most cost effective use of scarce resources. For animal care & control agencies, they are often not funded in their budget.
Three years ago, ADLA joined with six other Maricopa County based nonprofits committed to tackling pet overpopulation- through Fix Adopt Save. Over the past three years, this coordinated effort has resulted in a 27 percent increase in the number of spay/neuter surgeries performed; which in turn has resulted in a 39 percent decrease in shelter intake and euthanasia rates have plummeted by 79 percent.
Thank you for speaking for Arizona's animals!
Photo of rescue puppies by Karen Anderson

Call NOW on Bill to Raise Funds for Spay Neuter!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 02/22/2017 - 7:37am
We need your help today to pass a bill in the AZ Legislature that would raise funds for spay neuter services statewide. HB 2523, sponsored by Rep. Drew John, would raise much-needed funding for spay neuter services through voluntary tax check offs. We just learned that the full AZ House of Representatives may vote on HB 2523 today. 
Please contact your two state representatives now and ask them to vote YES on HB 2523! (read more)

Help Stop Attacks on Animal Protection Initiatives!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 02/20/2017 - 9:06am
Help Stop Attack on Citizen Initiative Rights!
We need your help to stop a slew of bills in the Arizona Legislature that are aimed at dismantling our state’s public initiative and referendum process.
These measures, if passed, would devastate citizen initiative campaigns. One measure (HCR 2002) could even enable the Legislature to overturn animal protection laws already passed by voters. (read more)

Governor Joins ADLA in Support of Bill Aimed to End Hot Car Deaths

Submitted by Karen Michael on 01/13/2017 - 6:37pm
Legislation Introduced to Protect Good Samaritans from Civil Liability, Raise Awareness of Dangers of Hot Cars
In his recent State of the State Address, Gov. Doug Ducey joined Arizona’s leading animal-welfare organizations and pledged his support of SB 1001, a bill that aims to end hot-car deaths and allows Good Samaritans to take action without risk of civil liability if they rescue a child or a pet from a hot car.
“All it takes is a Good Samaritan to save a life, to be on the lookout, see Photo: Animal Legal Defense Fundmovement, take action, and stop another death,” Governor Ducey said during his State of the State address. “The last thing we’d want is any Arizonan worried about breaking into that car to save a life. Send me a bill protecting the Good Samaritans who save the lives of children and pets — and I’ll sign it.”
SB 1001 is sponsored by Senator John Kavanaugh, a longtime animal-welfare advocate who drafted the legislation with the support of the Humane Legislative Coalition of Arizona – a group that includes the Animal Defense League of Arizona, the Arizona Humane Society, Humane Society of Southern Arizona and Humane Voters of Arizona. The Humane Society of the United States and local advocates, like Don’t Leave, are also in support of the legislation.
“Every year, local police and our Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ respond to dozens of calls of children and pets left in hot cars,” said Dr. Steven Hansen, CEO of the Arizona Humane Society. “This law allows us to be able to direct the caller to take action, immediately, without exposing the Good Samaritan to liability for breaking a window and potentially saving a life.”
ADLA and its partners hope SB 1001 raises awareness of the dangers of leaving children and pets in the car, even during seemingly comfortable, double-digit weather.
Governor Ducey had been a vocal supporter of Arizona’s animal population and, in fact, used the very first veto of his administration to block legislation that would have severely weakened anti-cruelty laws for farm animals including horses. 
(Photo courtesy of Animal Legal Defense Fund)
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Save Twice as Many Animals!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 12/17/2016 - 10:02am

This Holiday Season you can help ADLA save twice as many animals! All gifts (up to $10,00) will be matched by  a group of anonymous donors!

When you donate to ADLA you can be assured that over 90% of each dollar you donate goes directly to program services

Learn more about the successes you made possible in 2016 here

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Update on Phoenix Hoarding Ordinance

Submitted by Karen Michael on 11/16/2016 - 9:48am

Join us at ADLA's first Webinar on November 30th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. 

ADLA President/Attorney Stephanie Nichols-Young will provide an overview of the new animal hoarding ordinance passed by Phoenix City Council on 10-19-16. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

Webinar Information and Instructions

What: Update on Phoenix Animal Hoarding Ordinance
When: Wed, Nov 30, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM US Mountain Standard Time 
Please join ADLA's meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 
You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States +1 (408) 650-3123 
Access Code: 159-563-661 
First GoToMeeting? Try a test session:
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Poll Reveals Arizonans Oppose Captive Dolphin Swim Programs

Submitted by Karen Michael on 11/01/2016 - 10:14am

PHOENIX—(November 1, 2016) A statewide poll released today by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and the Animal Defense League of Arizona (ADLA), revealed that more Arizonans oppose than support the practice of keeping dolphins in captivity for interactive programs and entertainment. The release follows the October 15 opening of Dolphinaris, near Scottsdale, Arizona, and is the first public opinion poll to specifically gauge attitudes about keeping dolphins in captivity in Arizona. (read more here)