Deserve Better strongly
encourages all of you reading this today to make it happen! Get
laws in your city, county, state or country against the chaining
and penning of dogs for life.
Escambia, County Florida,passed tethering limits, due mainly to some
wonderful (as in realistic and sad) photos taken by Laura Catterton and made into a
slideshow. View the show, and see what Laura told us about how she did it:
" I have a basic camera with option to take video...nothing fancy, no HD, so anyone can do this! I opened a free account to make the slideshow.
I'm no photographer, either, but I realize the importance of documenting so I take
my camera everywhere."
You can do it too! Get that camera ready, and get out there today!
longer we work the issue of chaining and penning dogs the more we
realize we need laws to protect them. Many letters fall on deaf
ears, and even person to person contact often results in dead ends.
Working via education alone is not the fastest route. Education
combined with legislation is the answer.
Lewin, President of Animal Advocacy Connecticut and founder of National
Institute for Animal Advocacy:
a lobbyist for more than a decade, I've learned important lessons. First, most legislators' votes about animals are unknown by the vast majority of their constituents who care, leaving opponents of humane laws in control. Second, state policies
allow institutional and legal forms of animal abuse, because our legislators and policymakers have not been held accountable for their actions by an informed constituency. Third, inhumane
laws and policies do not reflect the views of the majority,
but rather those of anti-animal minorities with a strong local or
national presence. Fourth, this will not change until animal
advocates voice their feelings to the legislators and let
them know they will be held accountable in the voting booth."
recently lobbied for and got the first state law prohibiting continuous
chaining of dogs in Connecticut. Julie will come to your organization
or community for a training seminar, visit her site at www.nifaa.org.
in communities throughout the U.S. have stood and changed laws already.
We welcome input/articles from anyone instrumental in changing chained
dog laws. Please e-mail your article to firstname.lastname@example.org.
all need to pitch in to help get laws passed! Please send this
letter to your local and state representatives and senators.
There is also a letter to the editor in .doc format.
for Legislation in .pdf format
for Legislation in .doc format
to the Editor in .doc format
link contains a couple of sites where you can find out the name and address
of your state and local reps. Also, Congress.org allows you
to send e-mails to them too.
Carpenter, former Orlando Florida Dogs Deserve Better rep, compiled
a basic 'to-do' list for changing laws:
SELECT AN ISSUE. Like chaining of dogs!!
EDUCATE YOURSELF ON THE ISSUE. You should be well informed on
the issues surrounding your cause, and not just from a cruelty aspect.
Government officials are concerned about public safety, public health,
and of course animal welfare.
RESEARCH YOUR COUNTY'S CURRENT LAWS. They may have some aspect
of a tethering ordinance in place. If not, they may have an ordinance
regarding the confinement of animals. Tethering could be added onto
this already existing ordinance. Remember that http://www.municode.com is a good resource to look up your county's ordinances, if they're
on-line. Its really easy to use. If your county does not have on-line
codes, go to your local library or clerk of court for a copy of
the local ordinances.
FIND A MODEL ORDINANCE. See our Model
Laws page for the best laws to model yours on. The
Helping Animals website, as well as Unchainyourdog.org,
have the ordinances from other counties listed. Your commissioners
want to see what's going on in other communities and probably write
their ordinances based on one already existing. The original six
communities all enforce the law, as well.
5) FIND ALLIES. Your local humane society or even your local
animal control could be helpful. Also any animal rights or welfare
groups, wildlife or environmental groups may be supportive. Dog
obedience trainers or vets may be supportive.
KNOW YOUR OPPOSITION. Its important to think about the type
of people or groups that may oppose your ordinance. Know their arguments
and be ready to counter. These might be hunters or low end breeders,
or if you live in Alaska or the cold climates, sled dog groups.
These people have large packs of dogs and frequently keep them chained.
They are a working animal to them, not a companion.
INTRODUCE YOUR ORDINANCE. Find the local commissioner who has
either supported animal friendly laws or introduced animal friendly
laws previously. You can also go to YOUR local commissioner. If
your's is not interested, go to the next one. Find someone to "sponsor"
8) LOBBYING. Once you have a sponsor and bill number, lobby
the other commissioners. Provide informational packets to all of
them. Mobilize your group of supporters to contact their commissioners
about the ordinance. You can also get national organizations to
write letters for you.
PUBLIC HEARING. Once the ordinance is introduced, a public hearing
is frequently held. Arrange for speakers on your behalf from different
areas, such as animal control, cruelty investigators, dog bite victims,
or a dog trainer or animal behaviorist. If there is not a public
hearing, just a vote, get as many people as possible to speak.
THE VOTE. When you know the commissioners are going to be voting,
get as many phone calls, faxes, letters, emails to go to them as
possible. Make sure they know the majority of the public wants this.
Enacting legislation takes a long time, maybe even years, but its
worth it. Even if you lose, the public will be better educated and
you can try again.
Advice on How to Get Laws
Go for "No Unaccompanied Tethering"
Former Rep and law-maven Belen Brisco, also an animal control officer, tells why it's so important to not cave to those who want time limits, which she says are very unenforceable.
What about hunting dogs?
Lobbying for a Lifetime of Love
Terri Rutter in Maryland formed the first statewide anti-chaining coalition, called Justice
for Dogs expressly to lobby for better legislation.
from Gloria Zaiger, St. Paul, Minnesota
We all want better laws to
prevent the 24/7 chaining of dogs. Gloria Zaiger succeeded
in her area and gives us the benefit of what she's learned.
Editorial by Ginnie R. Maurer
Law" in New Jersey
Steps up Enforcement of Animal Laws (KY)
Laws Against Animal Cruelty in Austria
who have laws
proposal, modelled after a successful law in existence elsewhere
Regulation Takes On Excessive Chaining Of Dogs
Ordinance Could Hinder Pets' Activity
(Some say tethering is the only way dogs get exercise during the day)
By: Paige Lavender, Daily Mail Staff
Dog Chaining Makes Dangerous Dogs
A success story in support of a no-tethering ordinance (Macon, GA 2008)
Bans Hit Court Opposition; Anti-tethering Laws Gain Favor
sets limits on tying dogs
Cruel, Unnecessary, and Too Often Overlooked"
for Disease Control Study
You Know How it Feels to Lose Your Only Toy?
Bill Tied Up in State House (PA)
Need Time Off the Chain to Learn Good Behavior
of Anti-Tethering Laws:
Letter from Ambuja Rosen
Article about Children and Dogs
Chaining Laws Help the Environment
Far Some People Will Go to Stop Laws
Health is as Important as Physical Health"
Tethered Dogs Focus of PA Bill
Ought to Be a Law....
has some recent News Files
Man Gets Jailtime
Why Reasonable Anti-Tethering Legislation Works
What Happens When Existing Laws Fail
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