The Louisiana State Legislature is considering a bill, SB 216, that would encourage shelters to register with the Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission and provide important shelter information like animal intake numbers and outcomes to the public.
It’s a bill with a lot of potential, but a recent amendment to it made registration only voluntary rather than mandatory. If a mandatory bill passed, shelters would be required to provide shelter data to citizens. That means you could freely learn about what happens to cats in your shelters and better work to protect them. The state could also better monitor shelters to ensure that state standards are being met. But none of this is possible unless the bill is amended to make shelter registration mandatory.
The House Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development is holding a hearing on the bill on Thursday, May 5. Louisiana Residents: Please attend the meeting and ask the Committee to amend SB 216 so shelter registration and submission of shelter data is mandatory instead of voluntary.
If you cannot attend the hearing, please be sure to contact your representatives and encourage them to attend the hearing and support a mandatory version of the bill.
Attend the hearing on the bill:
WHEN: Thursday, May 5, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: The Louisiana State Capitol, House Committee Room 3, 900 N 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802
Learn more about how to attend the Committee meeting and register your support.
The hearing time may be subject to change. Please check the Agriculture Committee’s agenda here in case of updates.
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