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February 19, 2009  

Contact the Washington State Legislature to protect pets and wildlife today!

If you live in Washington State, representatives urgently need to hear from you in order to move two House bills forward. Time is critical in voicing your opinion as HB 1406: spay/neuter assistance, and HB 1885: banning intentional feeding of certain wildlife, have until tomorrow February 20, to be passed by the committee of origin so that they may move forward in the legislative process.

Contact the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources today and voice your support for HB 1406 and HB 1885!

1. Copy and paste these addresses and e-mail this committee using points below:
blake.brian@leg.wa.gov; jacks.jim@leg.wa.gov; chandler.bruce@leg.wa.gov; smith.norma@leg.wa.gov; kretz.joel@leg.wa.gov; liias.marko@leg.wa.gov; mccoy.john@leg.wa.gov; nelson.sharon@leg.wa.gov; ormsby.timm@leg.wa.gov; pearson.kirk@leg.wa.gov; vandewege.kevin@leg.wa.gov

2. Write a very brief, polite note in your own words expressing your support for these bills and add 1-2 points for each. Don’t forget to include your name and address in the e-mail.

  • HB 1406 is truly a life and death issue--the bill would provide critical funds needed to perform over 70,000 spay/neuter surgeries yearly for cats and dogs of low-income residents and for feral cats in our state.

  • HB 1406 spay/neuter assistance will not take money out of the limited general fund, it will not propose any new taxes, and it will not make spay/neuter mandatory. This bill establishes a nominal fee on pet food to fund the program and would not adversely impact any other programs.

  • HB 1885 is a positive step toward reducing human-wildlife conflicts by prohibiting people from intentionally feeding bears, cougars, wolves, coyotes, deer, elk, turkeys, raccoons, opossums, and skunks.

  • HB 1885 will protect wildlife from becoming habituated to humans and protects people from serious health and safety risks that come from feeding certain species of wildlife.

3. Look up your Representatives under the "Find Your District" tab and call them today, especially if they are on the Agriculture & Natural Resources committee list above.

  • Dial 1.800.562.6000.
  • Ask to pass a message on that you support HB 1406 and HB 1885 (you may add one short point each from the list above).
  • Be courteous, brief and leave your phone, e-mail and home address.

Tell PAWS how you advocated for animals with an e-mail to info@paws.org, or cc us on your e-mail to the committee. We really want to hear from you!

Visit PAWS' 2009 Legislative Session page to learn how you can take action today on other bills currently in session that affect animals.

On behalf of animals who cannot speak for themselves, thank you for taking action to create a kinder world for everyone!


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