Target: Virginia Governor, Terry McAullife
Goal: Praise Governor McAullife for saving homeless animals from being euthanized.
High-kill animal shelters may be put out of business thanks to the recent passing of a bill in the Virginia Senate. Governor Terry McAuliffe signed the bill that makes animal shelters “a facility operated for the purpose of finding permanent adoptive homes for animals,” and thus more likely to save the lives of homeless animals rather than euthanize them.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) operates a high-kill shelter in Norfolk, Virginia, where this law could have a dramatic effect. Records filed in the state of Virginia show that PETA took in 1,025 dogs, of which 788 were euthanized. They also received 1,606 cats, of which 1,536 were euthanized. These high numbers are unacceptable and PETA lobbied against this bill because they knew that they do not operate “for the purpose of finding permanent adoptive homes for animals.” Virginia state Senator Bill Stanley (R-Moneta), who sponsored the bill, made it clear to those voting on the future law that PETA’s high-kill rate was exactly why this language needed to be added.
While PETA has routinely defended these numbers and said that they take animals on a last-resort basis, there are other animal shelters who do the same and have a 90-98 percent rate of success saving these animals, and operate on much less money than PETA. Other shelters operating under the guise of helping animals will also be affected by the bill, and the legislation will hopefully dramatically lower the number of animals being euthanized.
The language of this bill is crucial for saving the lives of innocent animals. Please sign the petition below to thank the governor of Virginia for standing up for animal rights.
Dear Governor Terry McAullife,
I would like to thank you for your recent signing of Senate bill 1381, which makes it absolutely clear that private animal shelters are facilities that are run only for the purpose of finding permanent homes for homeless animals. This will lower the euthanasia rates significantly in the state of Virginia.
High-kill animal shelters such as the one run by PETA in Norfolk, Virginia, are euthanizing animals at an enormously high rate. Other private animal shelters can also kill off old animals that are perfectly deserving and capable of finding good homes. The language of this bill will help stop these animal shelters from killing animals that are able to be saved.
Thank you for setting a good example for other states and not letting high-kill shelters euthanize their pets without trying to find permanent adoptive homes for these animals. Please continue to be a strong advocate for animal rights.
[Your Name Here]
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