Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project are already working on strategies for the next
state legislative session, and there is a LOT of hard work ahead for all of us.
What can you do to help? VOTE!
VOTE! The focus is on the national
election, but candidates at the state and local level are equally -- if not
more -- important. The only way the world is going to change is one law at a
time, and the only way we can get those laws passed is to elect like-minded
legislators who will work with us.
VOTE! Want federal environmental and
animal protection laws enacted? Vote for candidates who will tip the balance of
power in the favor of constructive legislation. Want a pet store ban or ban on
research puppy mills in your county or town? Vote for town/county
board/commission candidates who are also in favor of such bans.
Want to help change the world?
Getting legislation passed for animal
protection is a complicated process. It takes years of hard work, planning, and
intense grass roots efforts. AND it takes local, state, and federal
representatives who will LISTEN to their constituents and not just lobbyists
and special interest groups.
Please check out your
candidates carefully. Some candidates take animal protection issues seriously
enough to devote a section of their website to their positions and voting
records. For an overview, take a look at the
Society Legislative Fund 2020 Candidate Endorsements, including state and
federal legislative candidates. To see how your up-for-re-election federal
incumbents voted, check out the
Scorecard of US Congess.
Ask your candidates what they
would do about specific issues, such as sale of commercially-bred dogs and cats
in pet stores. If they are not aware of the issues, arm yourself with facts and
see if they are willing to be educated.
Our hopes are high going into the
2021 state legislative session. We would like to pick up where we left off
after the 2019/2020 session (WI
Legislative Summary 2019/2020 Session). In addition, we would like to see
some regulation of "exotics" and "roadside zoos" in our
state. Our dream is to see the same standards of care required for hunting and
pet dogs that are mandated for commercial breeders in Wisconsin.
But the first step:
Society Legislative Fund 2020 Endorsements
Legislative Fund Humane Scorecard of US Congess
ALDF 2019 U.S. Animal Protection Laws
Legislative Summary, 2019/2020 Where We Stood After the 2016