Target: Mr. Ron Ramsey, President of the Tennessee State Senate
Goal: Commend legally allowing Good Samaritans to break into hot cars to rescue trapped animals.
It is now officially legal, in Tennessee, to break into a stranger’s car in order to save the life of an animal trapped inside. The state now joins 16 others will similar laws on the books that seek to protect the lives of animals and people alike. This type of progressive lawmaking and dedication to the safety of animals is wonderful to see and Tennessee’s lawmakers deserve commendation.
Leaving an animal or a child in a car, even for a short period of time, is an absolutely terrible idea. According to the Humane Society of the United States, in 80 degree weather a car can heat up to 102 degrees in ten minutes and get up to 120 degrees in just 30 minutes. Those numbers are also including leaving the windows cracked. Sadly, many people are not aware of these statistics and routinely leave their pets in what is effectively an oven.
The new protection for animals is actually an extension of a law that already existed to protect children that were trapped in cars on hot days. The law, often referred to as the “Good Samaritan Law,” is a simple set of reasonable guidelines that people can follow when attempting to save a life, animal or human, that absolves them of any damages caused by the act. The law only requires that any person looking to break into a car to save a life look first for the owner, then notify law enforcement of the break in.
It is truly wonderful to see the government of a state valuing living things higher than private property, all too often people’s possessions have more rights than they do themselves. Please sign here to commend this wonderful extension of an already fantastic law and to encourage the lawmakers of the Tennessee Legislature to continue passing laws like this one in the future.
Dear Senate President Ramsey,
I am writing to express my sincerest thanks to you and your fellow lawmakers for extending the coverage of a law, which was initially designed to protect children, to animals. The new law, as you well know, is merely building upon what was already the “Good Samaritan Law,” which provides a reasonable set of guidelines for those looking to save a life. Generally, the application of this law is a person breaking into a stranger’s car to rescue a person or animal trapped inside. The guidelines require only that someone wishing to break into a stranger’s car first look for the owner, then inform law enforcement before they take action.
As you well know being from a southern state, cars can heat up immensely in the summer sun. At 82 degrees, a car left in the sun can heat to 102 degrees in less than ten minutes and 120 degrees in less than 30. Sadly, many pet owners do not know this and leave their pets locked in with the windows up.
Thank you for taking action to protect animals and please continue to look out for their rights as they have no one else to speak for them.
[Your Name Here]
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