Target: The United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Goal: Make life-saving ID tags or chips mandatory on all domestic cats and dogs.
Dog and cat tags have been a granted necessity for pet owners for the past century, but they are still not required by law in the United States. This means that of the 7.6 million pets that are found and brought into shelters, only 650,000 of them are returned back home. Of the rest, 2.7 million of them are euthanized. This could easily be prevented with a law requiring all dog and cat owners to give their pets an ID tag with their number or address or for them to have implanted tracking chips.
In New York, the current law states that an animal shelter must only hold an animal for five days before it is taken up for adoption or put down. By the time their families find out where they are, these animals could be put up for adoption sale online, or they could even be dead.
While ForceChange has already voiced its opposition to New York’s policy, the easiest and fastest solution to keeping pets safe is to require all domestic dogs and cats to have identification or a means for tracking them in the case they go missing. Tell the U.S. Department of Agriculture to put this bill into action and implement it to law.
Dear Secretary Vilsack,
I am very concerned about the welfare of our household pets. Many people do not take the time or effort to give their dogs and cats addressed identification tags or implanted tracking chips. Many people consider their pets valued and irreplaceable members of the family, and losing them is often devastating and even life-changing. But right now there is no guarantee that a pet will have contact information or any connection to their families in the case that they got outside or ran away. That is why I am asking you to help me and pet owners across America create a law requiring all dogs and cats to have ID tags or chips.
Identification tags are very easy to make and available at any pet store. They usually cost around $15 on the high end, a small fee in the long run to preserve the life of a beloved family member, while the permanent tracking implant generally costs $45. It is a reasonable request that could save up 2.7 million pets every year to require all citizens by law to provide these safety measures for their furry family members.
[Your Name Here]
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