Friday, February 02, 2007

Urgent: Oppose Bill 951 if you love your pets!



















I am an animal lover; always have been, always will be. If you are also an animal lover, you already know how important it is to sterilize rescued animals before they are released for adoption. Without mandatory spaying and neutering of our four-legged furry friends (that come into and hopefully leave shelters), we will only contribute to the ever growing population of homeless pets. We will contribute to the euthanization of animals that have done no wrong, but live(d) with people who couldn't be bothered to properly care for an animal. We will, in effect, cause the wonderful work done by animal advocates to backslide and regress, and the animals do not deserve it. So, please; I urge you to contact your representatives and oppose bill 951.
Virginia Senate Bill 951, which carries a proposed amendment that would permit pet adoptions outside of jurisdiction or adjacent jurisdiction without the requirement to sterilize before releasing to the adopter, has been referred back to the Senate Agriculture Committee and is scheduled to be heard on Monday, February 5 at 9 a.m. in Senate Room B.

I urge you to contact committee members and let them know that you oppose this bill as it would present a setback in progress made to reduce our state's homeless pet population through spaying and neutering.

The Senator for District 10 (Counties of Amelia, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Goochland, Henrico, and Powhatan, and Richmond City) who is on the Agriculture Committee is:

Senator John Watkins
(804) 698-7510
district10@sov.state.va.us

Please contact him immediately to let him know that you oppose Bill 951. Other commitee members that you may also contact are listed below. Thank you for your efforts on behalf of homeless pets.

Sincerely,
Robin Robertson Starr
Chief Executive Officer

Senator Harry B. Blevins
(804) 698-7514
district14@sov.state.va.us

Senator John H. Chichester
(804) 698-7528
district28@sov.state.va.us

Senator Ken Cuccinelli II
(804) 698-7537
district37@sov.state.va.us

Senator R. Creigh Deeds
(804) 698-7525
district25@sov.state.va.us

Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Jr.
(804) 698-7524
district24@sov.state.va.us

Senator Charles R. Hawkins
(804) 698-7519
district19@sov.state.va.us

Senator Mamie E. Locke
(804) 698-7502
district02@sov.state.va.us

Senator Ryan T. McDougle (Caroline, Essex, Hanover, King and Queen, King William, Middlesex, Spotsylvania)
(804) 698-7504
district04@sov.state.va.us

Senator Mark D. Obenshain
(804) 698-7526
district26@sov.state.va.us

Senator Phillip P. Puckett
(804) 698-7538
district38@sov.state.va.us

Senator Wm. Roscoe Reynolds
(804) 698-7524
district20@sov.state.va.us

Senator Frank M. Ruff, Jr.
(804) 698-7515
district15@sov.state.va.us

Senator Patricia S. Ticer
(804) 698-7530
district30@sov.state.va.us

Senator Mary Margaret Whipple
(804) 698-7531
district31@sov.state.va.us

Click here to find out which Senator represents your county or city
Thanks to all who choose to oppose this bill. It doesn't matter which side of the aisle you sit on; cats and dogs don't care about politics, but they deserve help from those of us who can help protect them. Thanks.

3 Comments:

Blogger republitarian said...

Jaime, if you were found abandoned and lost should we spay you?

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just goes to show how screwed up our view of the world is, and our place in it. Try replacing every instance of "pet" or "animal" in that post with "human" and see what you think. Sound good? Didn't think so. If you wouldn't take care of a human friend that way...

5:24 PM  
Blogger Phriendly Jaime said...

Pets are healthier when spayed, anon. If you are an animal activist, please elaborate. We may have more in common than you think.

Repub: Yes, I am not to be trusted.

6:24 PM  

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