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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Help Overturn Bill Aimed at Citizen Initiatives!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 08/09/2013 - 11:18am
Please Take Action! Arizona’s animals need your help to overturn HB 2305, a dangerous bill targeting citizens’ initiatives and voting rights! 
ADLA is a member of the Protect Your Right to Vote committee, which has filed a referendum to block HB 2305. We must collect 86,405 signatures by Sept. 12 in order to block it and place it on the 2014 ballot.  Read more


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Submitted by Stephanie Nicho... on 06/22/2013 - 8:56am

What do I do about the kittens?

There are many variables to consider when you find kittens in your yard.  If they are with their Mom, let them stay.  Even if you don't see her, she may be nearby. The kittens best chance for survival is with their Mom.  Trap Neuter Return (TNR) may be your best option for Mom and kittens. Usually if a kitten has not had much contact with people well before it is six weeks old, it won’t be tame enough to be adopted. And, kittens over six weeks of age that have not had human contact are difficult, if not impossible, to tame. We recommend that you get them sterilized and let them grow up and live in their outdoor home. That is the best chance they have to stay alive, and we can help you get them sterilized at a very young age. The Spay Neuter Hotline does not have foster or adoption programs – we are focused primarily on providing referrals for spay/neuter services to prevent the birth of unwanted, homeless cats. 
If the kittens are tame and you feel you must try to find homes for them, you may wish to contact Arizona Animal Welfare League and Arizona Humane Society, especially if you are willing to foster the kittens in place.  
We also suggest that you consider finding homes on your own through family, friends, and co-workers -- outside the overburdened shelter system. Take close-up photos of the kittens and share them with family and friends through email or on your Facebook page. Give the kittens catchy names and write about how they are special. Tame the kittens by bringing them inside, playing with them and getting them completely comfortable with people. You can find tips for socializing feral kittens at Alley Cat Allies and Messy Beast websites. Treat any health issues through your own veterinarian, and spay or neuter the kittens before you let them go to their new homes.
It is critical that kittens do not reproduce, adding to the cat overpopulation problem. The Spay Neuter Hotline can refer you to low-cost and, in some cases, free spay/neuter programs. 

Call: 602-265-7729 (SPAY) or visit: the Spay Neuter Hotline website or email:

Please note that Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) free vouchers cannot be used to sterilize animals going to a rescue group for adoption. These vouchers are for OWNED CATS ONLY.
To increase chances of adoption:
Treat diseases like upper respiratory infections (weepy eyes, runny nose) or parasites such as ear mites. Urban Cat League has information on these medical issues.
Make sure the kittens like people and that most people can pick them up.
Wait until the kittens are at least 8 weeks old. (Weight is about 2 pounds.) In Arizona, more than 60% of cats that go into shelters are euthanized. That is why we encourage you to TNR kittens, or if you feel compelled to place them, go through your network of family and friends. Unfortunately kittens turned into shelters will be euthanized if they are unable to eat on their own, or they are scared and cannot be easily picked up and handled. Be prepared to pay a surrender donation for small socialized kittens and a euthanasia fee if the animals are afraid of people.
For a list of Animal Clinics that will sterilize kittens please click on the Spay Neuter Hotline Clinic Map or call 602 265-SPAY (7729)
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Ask Governor Brewer to Veto Bill Targeting Citizens' Initiatives!

Submitted by Karen Michael on 06/15/2013 - 12:26pm

The Arizona Legislature passed the anti-initiative bill on the last day of the session. HB 2305, which includes language from several bad election bills, creates numerous strict specifications that would enable large amounts of signatures to be thrown out on a technicality. These impediments would make it much more difficult for citizens to get a measure on the ballot.

Arizona’s public initiative process, a constitutional right enacted at statehood in 1912, is the single most important tool for protecting Arizona’s animals. Thanks to grassroots citizens’ ballot measures, leg-hold traps, snares, and poisons were banned on public lands in 1994, and cockfighting was outlawed in 1998. In 2006, voters overwhelmingly approved an initiative that banned the cruel confinement of pregnant pigs and calves raised for veal. That law went into effect on January 1, 2013.

Please ask Governor Brewer to veto HB 2305! If you volunteered on any grassroots ballot campaigns, please share your thoughts on the importance of Arizona's citizen initiative process and the fact that HB 2305 would decimate voters' rights.

Email Governor Brewer here or call her at 602-542-4331 or 1-800-253-0883 (outside Maricopa County)


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