LCA: Join us for Pet Theft Awareness Day 2008!

Monday, January 28th, 2008

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Jan 25, 2008 4:57 PM
Subject: Join us for Pet Theft Awareness Day 2008!

LCA - National Pet Theft Awareness Day, 2001 (Heart)

On February 14th, LCA will observe The 20th Annual National Pet Theft Awareness Day! Each year, LCA educates the public on the dangers of pet theft with the help of individuals and other animal organizations throughout the United States.

An estimated 2 million companion animals are stolen in the United States annually. Unfortunately, most stolen pet cases go unreported, so it is almost impossible to know exact numbers of missing animals, but we do know is that pet theft is a real threat! Stolen pets are sold on the street for top dollar (especially popular breeds), shipped to puppy mills for breeding, sold to animal research labs, trained for dogfights or used as “bait” by dogfighters. It is the responsibility of caretakers to protect their pets from these horrible fates. Visit http://www.StolenPets.com to learn how you can protect your pet.

Do you want to get involved and spread the word about Pet Theft?

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LCA: Act Now! Protect Pets in the Final Farm Bill! 1/18

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Jan 18, 2008 3:17 PM
Subject: Act Now! Protect Pets in the Final Farm Bill! 1/18

Contact Your Legislators Today!
Help Protect Pets in the Final Farm Bill!

Did you get inspired to help animals by watching “Dealing Dogs?”

Here is how you can make a difference…

Please contact as many conferees as you can, making those who represent your district or state a priority.

See below for all the details.

Thank you on behalf of the animals!

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Update on the Farm Bill & the "Pet Theft" Amendment from LCA & AWI

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Here’s the latest on the 2007 Farm Bill and the attached Pet Safety & Protection Act (PSPA) amendment from Last Chance for Animals and the Animal Welfare Institute. The alerts are somewhat similar, but I’m crossposting both for the heckufit.

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From: Cathy Liss, Director Government and Legal Affairs – ealert [at] awionline.org
Date: Dec 14, 2007 10:40 AM
Subject: AWI eALERT: U.S. Congress Gives Pet Safety and Protection Act a Green Light

If you have trouble reading this e-mail, go to http://www.awionline.org/legislation/eAlerts/121007.htm

U.S. Congress Gives Pet Safety and Protection Act a Green Light
Contact Your Legislators NOW!

December 14, 2007

Dear Humanitarian:

Our companion animals may soon be safe from thieves who make easy money by obtaining them illegally, then selling them for experimentation. The U.S. Congress is poised to adopt the Pet Safety and Protection Act (PSPA), also known as “Buck’s Bill.” The legislation is named after Buck, pictured at left, a dog who was rescued from notorious animal dealer C.C. Baird – the subject of the HBO special “Dealing Dogs.” Sadly, because of a lack of much needed veterinary care, Buck died. Though he was rescued, he could not survive the ravages previously inflicted by heartworms.

Buck’s Bill would prevent Class B dealers and unlicensed individuals from selling “random source” dogs and cats to laboratories. As we enter what we hope is the home stretch, we need your help to ensure success.

The House of Representatives passed the PSPA in July as part of the FARM Bill, and it has already been accepted as an amendment to the Senate FARM Bill. We anticipate passage of the Senate version of the FARM Bill today or next week. Next, House and Senate Agriculture Committee Members will go to conference to iron out any differences in the language of their respective bills. This final stage of the process is expected to take place in mid-January 2008.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Anti-animal welfare members on the conference committee may seek to eliminate or weaken the PSPA. It is essential that all conferees be encouraged to support the House version in the FARM bill, as the Senate version includes a 5-year phase-in period, as well as potentially problematic ambiguous language.

Please contact as many conferees as you can, making those who represent your district or state a priority. (A list of conferees and their phone and fax numbers and mailing addresses can be found by clicking here: HouseSenate.)

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LCA: Act Now! Help Protect Pets in the Farm Bill! 10/24

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Oct 24, 2007 7:11 PM
Subject: Act Now! Help Protect Pets in the Farm Bill! 10/24

Protect Pets in the Farm Bill!

You can help keep lost and stolen pets out of research laboratories! Call your Senators today!

Last Chance for Animals has been fighting to keep stolen and lost pets out of research laboratories for over 10 years. This year we have a chance to pass federal legislation to do just that — The Pet Safety and Protection Act (PSPA). Recently, the PSPA, along with several other animal welfare provisions, was attached to the 2007 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill has already passed the House of Representatives and we need your help to continue this momentum!

Currently, the 2007 Farm Bill is sitting in the Senate Agricultural Committee and the committee is expected to take up its version of the Farm Bill any day now.

Please contact your senators and urge them to support the Animal Welfare Act provisions, especially the Pet Safety Protection Act (PSPA), in the Farm Bill.

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LCA: How did your representative vote? [On "Buck’s Bill"]

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Aug 6, 2007 8:41 PM
Subject: How did your representative vote?

“Buck’s Bill” Passed the House; HOW DID YOUR REPRESENTATIVE VOTE?

As you know, “Buck’s Bill” (a.k.a. The Pet Safety and Protection Act), passed the House of Representatives by way of an amendment to the 2007 Farm Bill!

You emailed, faxed and called your Representatives. Thank you! You made the difference. But how well were you represented? Click here to find out how your House Representative voted.

Unfortunately, our own Representative, Henry Waxman, here in Los Angeles, voted No on the Farm Bill. Waxman consistently votes against any reforms that would negatively impact the biomedical community.

“Buck’s Bill”, according to our opponents, is a controversial amendment to the 2007 Farm Bill. The biomedical community lobbies that important medical research will be impeaded if “Buck’s Bill” passes. Unfortunately, our opponents are well financed and have influenced many people. The truth is that, when passed, “Buck’s Bill” will make it illegal for Class B Animal Dealers (infamous for stealing and abusing companion animals) to sell to research facilities. “Buck’s Bill” is not about medical research, it is about the safety of our companion animals.

THE NEXT STEP

The Farm Bill is now on its way to the Senate. We will need strong support from the Senate to make “Buck’s Bill” a reality. We will email you again soon with up to the minute information as the Farm Bill and the “Buck’s Bill” amendment moves closer to the Senate vote. Thank you for taking action for the animals.

Last Chance for Animals | 8033 Sunset Blvd. #835 | Los Angeles | CA | 90046

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LCA: Dealing Dogs Nominated for Emmy & PSPA moves forward!

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Aug 3, 2007 6:20 PM
Subject: Dealing Dogs Nominated for Emmy & PSPA moves forward!

Great news for the animals! The Pet Safety and Protection Act passed the House of Representatives, “Dealing Dogs” has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and HBO is re-airing “Dealing Dogs” – keep reading for all the details!

You made the difference! Thanks to your phone calls and faxes, the House of Representatives accepted the Pet Safety and Protection Act (aka “Buck’s Bill”) as an amendment to the Farm Bill, which prevents companion animals from being sold into research! More good news is the amendment also bars the use of live animals in medical device sales demonstrations and increases fines for violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act.

This is a major step forward for “Buck’s Bill” (shown in photo, rescued from Martin Creek Kennels) and for companion animals across the country. But this fight is not over! We will keep you updated on its progress and how you can help push “Buck’s Bill” to victory.

“Dealing Dogs” Nominated for Two Emmy Awards!

“Dealing Dogs,” HBO’s Genesis Award winning documentary about LCA’s undercover investigation into pet theft, has been nominated for two Emmy Awards – Best Cable Documentary and Best Investigative Documentary. This is a great opportunity for a whole new audience to learn from “Dealing Dogs” and to get involved.

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Kinship Circle: LETTER – Bill To Spare Dogs/Cats From Experimentation

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Jul 9, 2007 5:23 PM
Subject: LETTER – Bill To Spare Dogs/Cats From Experimentation

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7/9/07: Support Bill To Spare Dogs/Cats From Experimentation
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
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SOURCE OF INFORMATION:

Pet Safety and Protection Act HR1280 – 2007
Michael L., Care2 Action Alerts, actionalerts [at] care2.com

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AHA: Pet Safety and Protection Act HR1280 – 2007

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

Via the American Humane Association & Care2:

Pet Safety and Protection Act HR1280 – 2007

The Pet Safety and Protection Act has been introduced in both the Senate and House each session of Congress for the last ten years. Ten years! And each year the bills languish in committees and are never given a vote.

Unfortunately, despite advances that have reduced the need to use animals for research many laboratories and research facilities continue to test their products on animals. Certainly we all look forward to the day when the need, and practice, of such animal testing ends. However, until that goal is reached we must insist on the best care and treatment of these animals and promote careful regulation of how these animals are obtained.

The Pet Safety and Protection Act would ensure that all dogs and cats used in research facilities are obtained through legitimate channels. This important bill will stop the unscrupulous conduct of dealers and bunchers who obtain animals from “free to a good home” ads or through other illegal measures and then sell them for a profit.

All animals, including those involved in laboratory research, must be afforded proper care and treatment, and should only be obtained from ethical sources. This bill is an important step in establishing federal safeguards on the ways animals are obtained for legitimate research.

Tell Congress to bring to a vote, and pass, the Pet Safety and Protection Act!

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PETA: Support Bill to Spare Dogs and Cats From Torture in Labs

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Via People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals:

Support Bill to Spare Dogs and Cats From Torture in Labs

Our nation and its animals urgently need your voice today. As you may know, animal dealers are part of a complex network that supplies an endless stream of animals to “research” facilities. Each year, millions of companion animals in the United States disappear and wind up in laboratories, where they are force-fed poisons, exposed to radiation, addicted to chemicals, or subjected to other painful procedures.

“Class B” dealers, as the federal government calls them, obtain dogs and cats from “random sources,” including animal shelters, auction sales, and “free to a good home” advertisements. For a nominal fee, anyone can obtain a Class B dealer license. Few of these dealers are willing to cut their profits by providing medical attention to sick or injured animals—the abundance of new arrivals makes mortalities “affordable.”

Legislation that would prohibit the sale of “random source” dogs and cats for vivisection—the Pet Safety and Protection Act—has been introduced in Congress. Today, please ask your U.S. representative and senators to support this bill and help put an end to the abduction and abuse of beloved companion animals.

You can view the legislation—known as S. 714 in the Senate and H.R. 1280 in the House of Representatives—and see if your legislators are backing it by searching for those bill numbers here.

You can fill out the form [here] to automatically contact your senators and representative or look up contact information for your senators and representative to reach them by phone or to obtain their mailing address.

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ASPCA: Keep Pets Out of Labs—Support the Federal Pet Safety and Protection Act

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Via the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:

Keep Pets Out of Labs—Support the Federal Pet Safety and Protection Act

The federal Pet Safety and Protection Act, S. 714/H.R. 1280, would prohibit Class B Dealers and unlicensed individuals from selling dogs and cats to research laboratories.

Class B Dealers are people who collect dogs and cats from random sources and sell them to the research industry. They sometimes obtain their animals through illegal or unethical means, such as by responding to “free to good home” ads in newspapers, falsifying records to keep the true origins of the animals unknown, and stealing pets kept outside in yards.

The Pet Safety and Protection Act would provide a much-needed safety net to ensure beloved pets are not stolen or acquired under false pretenses and sold to research laboratories.

Please visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to send a letter to your representative and senators urging them to support and cosponsor The Pet Safety and Protection Act. You may use the same link to read about this legislation in greater depth.

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LCA: Pet Safety and Protection Act Reintroduced

Monday, March 5th, 2007

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Mar 5, 2007 3:21 PM
Subject: Pet Safety and Protection Act Reintroduced – TAKE ACTION

The Pet Safety and Protection Act Reintroduced!

Great news! The Pet Safety and Protection Act (PSPA) is off to a strong start!

Earlier this week, in both the House and the Senate, the PSPA was reintroduced!

S. 714, the senate version, was introduced by Senator Daniel Akaka of Hawaii. H.R. 1280, the house version, was introduced by Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania and had 22 co-sponsors.

The bill will amend the Animal Welfare Act to ensure that all dogs and cats used by research facilities are obtained legally. Specifically, it will make Class “B” dealers an illegal source of animals for medical research laboratories.

The United States Department of Agriculture licenses animal dealers; anyone selling animals to laboratories (or selling more than 24 dogs or cats per year at the wholesale level) must be licensed. Class “A” dealers maintain their own breeding colonies while Class “B” dealers obtain animals from “random sources” – meaning they can legally be obtained from pounds, shelters and people that have bred and raised the animals themselves. However, investigations have revealed that dealers illegally acquire animals from “bunchers,” who steal animals from backyards, cars and through “free to good home” ads.

The current system, in which the USDA regulates the dealers via the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) is not working – as the USDA is unable (or unwilling) to enforce the AWA and the AWA, as it currently exists, does not provide adequate protection to America’s companion animals.

See below for information on “Dealing Dogs”, the HBO documentary on LCA’s undercover investigation on Class B dealer, C.C. Baird. “Dealing Dogs” has become an important tool in the lobbying efforts for the PSPA!

Contact your senators and representative and urge them to co-sponsor the Pet Safety and Protection Act!

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There’s more to February 14th than Valentine’s Day…

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Don’t forget – in addition to the much-dreaded Valentine’s Day, today also marks the 19th annual National Pet Theft Awareness Day

LCA - National Pet Theft Awareness Day, 2001 (Poster)

…as well as the last day of Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week, sponsored by Dogs Deserve Better.

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Keep reading for heartwarming tales of interspecies bonding from the Fund for Animals…

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LCA: Remember Stolen Pets – Pet Theft Awareness Day 2007

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

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From: Campaigns Department – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Jan 31, 2007 4:51 PM
Subject: Remember Stolen Pets – Pet Theft Awareness Day 2007

LCA - National Pet Theft Awareness Day, 2001 (Heart)

LCA’s 19th Annual National Pet Theft Awareness Day commemorates the nearly 2 million companion animals that are stolen each year. Many are taken under false pretenses through “free to good home” ads or are abducted from their yards. These animals are then sold to research laboratories, dog fighting rings or puppy mills, where they are abused and often killed.

On February 14th of every year, LCA educates the public with the help of individuals and animal organizations throughout the United States. This year we are observing it in a very special way. We have created “dog tags” with the official USDA tag number of “Rebel” a special dog at C.C. Baird’s Martin Creek Kennels for supporters to wear on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. These tags both memorialize the stolen pets that lost their lives for medical research and serve as a tool to educate others about pet theft. See below to order yours today!

Live in the Los Angeles area? LCA will be observing Pet Theft Awareness Day “on the go!” Our Animal News Van will make special appearances at local dog parks showing “Dealing Dogs,” HBO’s documentary about LCA’s undercover investigation into pet theft and the LCA crew will be passing out important information on pet theft along with dog treats and toys (thanks to Three Dog Bakery & Centinela Feed for the donated goodies). Check out the schedule below and come get your Pet Theft Awareness Day info and free presents for your dog. If you would like to volunteer, email volunteer [at] lcanimal.org!

LCA - National Pet Theft Awareness Day, 2001 (Pam Ad)

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LCA: TAKE ACTION – Extra Push Needed for the PSPA

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

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From: Campaigns Department – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Jun 30, 2006 8:40 PM
Subject: TAKE ACTION – Extra Push Needed for the PSPA

Take Action NOW for Companion Animals

Happy Fourth of July!

The Pet Safety and Protection Act (PSPA) is gaining headway in the House of Representatives. On Friday, June 16th, Last Chance for Animals, along with the Humane Society of the U.S. and the Animal Welfare Institute, held a briefing on Capitol Hill for representatives and their staff on the PSPA. HBO’s America Undercover documentary, “Dealing Dogs,” was screened and LCA President Chris DeRose urged reps to co-sponsor the bill. Word has it that it was one of the best briefings held on the Hill in a long time! The PSPA is gaining the exposure it so desperately needs to save America’s companion animals from the hands of Class “B” dealers.

WE NEED YOUR HELP to make sure the Pet Safety and Protection Act keeps moving towards victory. With more cosponsors and support from the House of Representatives, the PSPA has a good chance to be successful, but the animals need your help! Please contact your representatives as often as you can and ask them to cosponsor the bill!

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IDA: Support Bill to Stop Abductions of Animal Companions

Monday, June 12th, 2006

A quick action alert from In Defense of Animals:

Support Bill to Stop Abductions of Animal Companions

The Pet Safety and Protection Act, H.R. 5229, would amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit Class B Animal Dealers from selling cats and dogs to research labs, as well as making it illegal for research labs to buy cats and dogs from such dealers. This will prevent strays or stolen family pets, and those acquired through deception, from being sold to labs. Please take action to urge Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Charles Schumer to co-sponsor this important bill. Also please Tell-A-Friend who also lives in New York about this issue and donate to IDA so that we can continue working for animals.

The entire alert, along with a sample letter, is available here.