Girl Scout Troop #80934 in Shippensburg, PA is making a difference for animals in their community by raising awareness about several laws to help prevent animal cruelty. For their Silver Award Project the girls are working on getting signatures for four different petitions. Two of the petitions are for legislation that have already been introduced, banning gas chambers and to keep the ban on Sunday hunting, the other two are issues the girls would like to see changed and made into law, not leaving a dog in a car in extreme heat or cold and increasing animal cruelty charges from a misdemeanor to a felony.
They created an event called Animal Hope, to raise awareness for these issues and get the 300 signatures required for each petition. Animal Hope was held on Saturday May 19th at the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter. The girls did a great job of planning an event for all ages with food, on site vendors, games and face paint for kids with an animal theme, a DJ, guest speakers like the K-9 unit, and their petition table. They also accepted donations and had on site adoptions for their local shelter.
The girls are also setting up at Furry Fun Days in Shippensburg on June 2nd and 3rd to get more signatures for their petitions. The girls still need more signatures on each of their petitions and we hope that followers of Humane PA will help them reach their goal and sign each petition below:
When Humane PA heard about their project our Central PA Director, Brett Miller reached out to their Troop Leader Suann Lehman and asked if the girls would be interested in a trip to the state capitol to meet with their senator. The Troop is scheduled to meet with Senator Richard Alloway in June to discuss their project and each of the animal welfare laws they are advocating for. They will also have a guided tour of the capitol and have the honor of being introduced on the Senate floor.
The girls that are participating to earn their Silver award are:
It is never too early to start advocating for animals and we are thrilled the Girl Scouts took on this project. Please help the girls reach their goal of 300 signatures per petition and share this blog and their petitions with other animal advocates.
HUMANE PA is a political action committee registered in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, dedicated to supporting candidates who demonstrate an understanding and willingness to help eliminate cruelty to animals in PA. Contributions to Humane PA are not tax deductible.