Welcome to our end of the week wrap-up! Every Friday we will provide updates on animal legislation, campaigns and elections, as well as noteworthy news and events, in case you missed anything on our Facebook page during the week. If you would like to receive this blog directly in your inbox, please click the “Follow” button on the right hand side of this page to stay up to date.
*Special Note: Please take special care of your pets in this extreme heat and keep them safe, cool and hydrated. If you see an animal in distress, please call 911.
- PA State Rep. Todd Stephens‘ bill which will close down any illicit operations that make or sell animal fighting paraphernalia; from the razor sharp knives used to make cockfights bloodier, to the conditioning equipment used to prepare dogs to fight, was introduced this week with the following co-sponsors: O’NEILL, BRENNAN, BROOKS, CLYMER, D. COSTA, COX, DAVIS, DePASQUALE, J. EVANS, FARRY, GIBBONS, GINGRICH, HESS, HORNAMAN, KORTZ, MILLER, MURT, PICKETT, ROCK, SAYLOR, SIMMONS, STABACK, SWANGER and WHITE – Thank you!
- The budget passed today, which means the legislature is now in recess until September. Many animal bills are left hanging. However, we will have an opportunity to get some of them passed before the end of session this fall, including SB 1329 the gas chamber bill.
- the Humane PA Scorecard is now updated
Campaigns and Election update:
- Many candidates are now on Twitter. If you are not on Twitter, sign-up and start following your favorite animal friendly candidate and don’t forget to RT (Re-Tweet) important news and info. from @HumanePA!
- the Humane PA Candidate Survey is now available for any candidate who seeks our endorsement for the fall election, please forward the link and have your candidate take the survey to be considered for endorsement
News and Events:
- Humane PA Coordinator Christin Bummer will be at Vegetarian Summerfest this weekend in Johnstown spreading the good word about Humane PA. Thanks, Christin!
- Save the Date! Please join us for a Party for Pawlitics! July 19th – Pittsburgh, special guest Sarah Speed, candidate for the 47th PA House District.
*Volunteers Needed – if you are interested in becoming more involved with Humane PA, we are looking for Coordinators to help spread the word about animal welfare legislation and electing humane candidates. Please complete our volunteer survey and one of our Directors will get back to you.