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March 18, 2010 
Only you can keep animal-friendly legislation alive in 2010!

The Washington State 2010 regular legislative session adjourned on March 11. Although two key animal bills did not pass the legislature this year, we can celebrate our 2010 successes and work to gain momentum for 2011!
  • HB 1406/SB 5329, would have funded 70,000 spay/neuter surgeries annually for cats and dogs of low-income families. The bills did not pass the legislature, however the Senate did pass a resolution recognizing that spay/neuter saves cats and dogs lives and taxpayer dollars used to care for unwanted animals. This resolution, combined with increased public awareness and collaboration from numerous animal welfare groups, will help the bill in 2011.
  • HB 1885 would have made it illegal to feed certain wild animals, protecting them from habituation and reducing dangerous conflicts between people and wildlife. HB 1885 made it all the way through the House and was close to a vote on the Senate floor, but time ran out.
  • Thanks for contacting your legislators in support of HB 1406/SB 5329 and HB 1885. You helped us send more than 190 correspondences to more than 40 different legislative districts.

    Photo from Humane Lobby Day
  • Thanks to those of you who participated in Humane Lobby Day—our first lobby day collaboration with the Humane Society of the United States. On February 24, animal champions traveled to Olympia to learn about how to be a voice for animals and to meet with their legislators.
Collectively, we still need to let our legislators know animal welfare remains a priority. It is not uncommon for bills to take multiple sessions to gain support and pass the legislature. That's why it's so important to contact your representatives about animal protections throughout the year:

  1. Find your legislators and send each a note OR use the legislator e-mail directory to directly e-mail your representatives.
  2. Use the note below to assist—any personalization will only make your message stronger.

    Dear (Representative or Senator),
    I understand Olympia faced a short session and a big budget challenge in 2010. However as your constituent, I'm disappointed that key bills such as, HB 1885 regarding the feeding of wildlife, and HB 1406/SB 5329 funding spay/neuter for cats and dogs, did not pass the 2010 session. Legislation which protects animals matters a great deal to me. Please support animal-friendly legislation in 2011!

    Sincerely,
    (Your name, phone number and home address)

Help us track any responses from your legislators! Email PAWS at publicaffairs@paws.org with any past correspondences, or cc us on your e-mail to your legislators.

On behalf Washington's animals, thank you!

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