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March 11, 2009

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

If you are a Washington resident, the Legislative Rules Committees need to hear from you today concerning two bills that would protect animals. Please take a moment to send two brief emails to the House and Senate Rules Committees and respectfully ask that they allow the bills below to pass through the legislative process, before tomorrow, March 12.

1. Copy and paste the following e-mail addresses for the Senate Rules Committee and please write a brief, polite note using some points below: franklin.rosa@leg.wa.gov, hewitt.mike@leg.wa.gov, brown.lisa@leg.wa.gov, eide.tracey@leg.wa.gov, fraser.karen@leg.wa.gov, haugen.marymargaret@leg.wa.gov, kauffman.claudia@leg.wa.gov, keiser.karen@leg.wa.gov, curtis.king@leg.wa.gov, kohl-welles.jeanne@leg.wa.gov, marr.chris@leg.wa.gov, murray.ed@leg.wa.gov, parlette.lindaevans@leg.wa.gov, pridemore.craig@leg.wa.gov, regala.debbie@leg.wa.gov, schoesler.mark@leg.wa.gov, stevens.val@leg.wa.gov, zarelli.joseph@leg.wa.gov

SB 5337 Emergency Planning for animals

  • Requires local jurisdictions to provide plans for the evacuation, transportation, and temporary sheltering of pets and service animals during a major disaster or an emergency.
  • It's crucial for our state to have plans in place in case of a disaster, to safeguard the estimated 3 million households who share their lives with animals.
  • Extreme weather patterns have become more common in our state in the last decade, causing many people and their animals to be displaced from their homes. We must learn from past tragedies, and take measures to protect our citizens and what they deem as important in their lives: their animals.

2. Copy and paste the following e-mail addresses for the House Rules Committee and please write a brief, polite note using some points below: chopp.frank@leg.wa.gov, debolt.richard@leg.wa.gov, armstrong.mike@leg.wa.gov, bailey.barbara@leg.wa.gov, eddy.deb@leg.wa.gov, ericks.mark@leg.wa.gov, green.tami@leg.wa.gov, hasegawa.bob@leg.wa.gov, hinkle.bill@leg.wa.gov, hudgins.zack@leg.wa.gov, johnson.norm@leg.wa.gov, kelley.troy@leg.wa.gov, kessler.lynn@leg.wa.gov, kretz.joel@leg.wa.gov, kristiansen.dan@leg.wa.gov, liias.marko@leg.wa.gov, moeller.jim@leg.wa.gov, morrell.dawn@leg.wa.gov, morris.jeff@leg.wa.gov, santos.sharontomiko@leg.wa.gov, schmick.joe@leg.wa.gov, springer.larry@leg.wa.gov, vandewege.kevin@leg.wa.gov, warnick.judy@leg.wa.gov

HB 1885 Banning intentional feeding of certain wildlife

  • Prohibits people from intentionally feeding, attempting to feed, or attracting bears, cougars, wolves, coyotes, deer, elk and raccoons.
  • Is a positive step toward reducing human-wildlife conflicts.
  • Protects wildlife from becoming habituated to humans as well as protects people from serious health and safety risks.

Keep those messages coming to PAWS! We really want to know if you’ve advocated for animals with an e-mail to info@paws.org, or cc us on your e-mail to legislators.

Visit PAWS' 2009 Legislative Session page to learn more about taking action on bills currently in session that affect animals.

On behalf of animals who cannot speak for themselves, thank you!


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