PAWS Magazine

Issue 72, Spring 2009

Taking Action for Animals in Olympia

PAWS remains a steadfast advocate for animals by taking action on legislation that impacts them. Several bills were introduced in this year's legislative session, including:

Spay/Neuter Assistance
(SB 5329 and HB 1406)
This bill would have provided spay/neuter assistance for low-income residents and feral and free-roaming cats, by establishing a small fee on pet food. Over 70,000 spay/ neuter surgeries would have been funded per year.

Neither the House nor Senate version made it through the legislative process.

Humane Requirements for Large-scale Breeders
(SB 5651)
This bill would limit the number of adult breeding dogs one person can possess to 50, and includes mandatory care standards to anyone caring for more than 10 breeding dogs. Standards of care include ventilation, temperature, adequate space in enclosures, and mandatory exercise and veterinary care.

At the time of publication, this bill was still in session.

Banning the Intentional Feeding of Wild Animals
(HB 1885)
This bill would have prohibited people from intentionally feeding bears, cougars, wolves, coyotes, deer, elk and raccoons, thus protecting wildlife from becoming habituated to humans, as well as protecting people from serious health and safety risks.

This bill did not make it through the legislative process.

As a citizen of Washington State and a champion for animals, your elected officials want to hear what issues are important to you. To learn how you can take action, and for more information on these bills and others that affect animals, visit and go to "Get Involved" then "Take Action."


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