Target: Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick
Goal: Urge legislators to reverse their decision not to revise outdated animal welfare laws
Outdated animal welfare laws in Kansas continue to work against the health and wellbeing of the state’s companion animals. Legislators had the opportunity to revise the existing laws, but chose not to. It is the responsibility of state legislators to ensure laws remain effective and current, but they failed to act in this case.
The Kansas Pet Animal Act is more than 25 years old and contains extremely outdated regulations for puppy mills, pet shops and animal shelters. Times have changed dramatically since the act was first created, and many of the act’s contingencies desperately need to be upgraded to be effective in today’s world.
A new measure proposing vital changes to the act was recently proposed, but legislators failed to approve the humane bill. Senate Bill 392 would have banned the use of gas chambers for cats and dogs at animal shelters, allowed shelters to be represented on the Kansas Pet Animal Advisory Board, expanded shelters’ access to house and care for animals by registering pet foster homes and improved the requirement to provide pets with continuous access to clean water. These common sense revisions would have ended the suffering of dogs and cats being cruelly killed in gas chambers instead of humanely euthanized at shelters and helped save the lives of shelter pets by making it easier for shelters to find foster homes and giving them a voice on the advisory board.
Urge Kansas legislators to protect the health and wellbeing of companion animals in their state by reversing their decision not to revise the Kansas Pet Animal Act.
Dear Mr. Merrick,
I am disappointed in the Kansas legislature’s recent decision not to revise an outdated animal welfare law. As you know, it is the responsibility of the state legislature to ensure laws remain current and effective, but they have failed to do so in this case.
The Kansas Pet Animal Act was created more than 25 years ago and fails to address vital concerns about the regulation of today’s puppy mills, pet shops and animal shelters. Senate Bill 392 was proposed in an effort to update the act to be more effective in today’s world, but legislators voted against the bill in May. The humane measure would have ended the suffering of dogs and cats dying in gas chambers at animal shelters by banning this cruel method of euthanasia, given shelters a voice on the Kansas Pet Animal Advisory Board, allowed shelters to save more pets by expanding their access to foster homes and improved the regulation regarding pets’ access to water.
These common sense upgrades would have better protected the health and wellbeing of Kansas’ companion animals in today’s world. I urge the Kansas legislature to reverse their decision not to revise the Kansas Pet Animal Act and see that these vital changes are put into effect immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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