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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Damaging Animal Cruelty Bill is Dead!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 04/25/2014 - 12:31pm

We are ecstatic to report that the Arizona legislative session adjourned early today without passing the bill that would have severely damaged our animal cruelty law! Arnold (photo: Nancy Nenad)#1267/HB2587, was proposed by the agriculture industry, and as introduced would have prevented law enforcement from investigating animal cruelty and criminalized those who expose animal abuse. Although the #ag-gag language was removed, the bill would have significantly weakened protection for farm animals, made it harder for prosecutors to convict abusers, and created broad exemptions with unknown negative consequences.

Your advocacy, coupled with the united support of many local and national animal welfare groups as well as the collaborative work of coalition partners, including the Animal Cruelty Taskforce of Southern Arizona, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Arizona Coalition for Equines, Arizona Humane Society, ASPCA, Humane Society of Southern Arizona, The Humane Society of the United States, and Humane Voters of AZ contributed to this very important victory. Thank you.

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Update on Animal Cruelty Bill

Submitted by Karen Michael on 03/09/2014 - 1:25pm

The Livestock Cruelty Bill HB 2587 passed out of the House committee, despite more than 100 people attending to oppose it! It is scheduled to be heard on the House floor tomorrow. In the meantime, a similar bill was introduced in the Senate and rushed through the committee process. SB 1267 is also headed for a vote by the full Senate. 

These bills are being rammed through the Legislature by out of touch lawmakers that are beholden to agriculture industry lobbyists, and we need to stop them! Thanks to the tremendous outcry of opposition from animal protection groups, law enforcement and others, amendments are being proposed that will remove the penalty for those that expose animal abuse.

Unfortunately, the bill would STILL do much more harm than good for the animals in our state (see concerns below). We should be strengthening our animal cruelty laws for all animals – not allowing the agriculture industry to decide which animals should be protected. In fact, according to a recent poll, 87 percent of AZ voters surveyed reported that they oppose putting farm animals in a separate, weaker anti-cruelty code. 

Take Action here!

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Urgent: Stop Arizona Ag-Gag Bill!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 02/09/2014 - 11:27am

Arizona Legislators have just introduced a devastating 'ag-gag' bill that would criminalize whistleblowers who expose animal abuse on factory farms, auctions, or slaughter facilities. The bill also weakens cruelty laws for livestock, including Photo: Animal Welfare Institutehorses, and completely removes all protections from cruelty for poultry.

House Bill 2587 criminalizes the actions of those who document any animal cruelty. It requires video and photos of abuse to be turned in to the Department of Agriculture within five days, creating such a short timeline that no pattern of abuse can be documented.

And if that's not bad enough, this bill changes Arizona's strong definition of 'animal' under the animal cruelty law, removing livestock from its protection. It creates new weakened laws for farm animals and removes all authority from law enforcement to investigate abuse of livestock, including horses. It transfers sole authority to the Department of Agriculture, which has only a small number of livestock officers to cover the entire state.

Click here for more information including how you can help stop this bill.

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