Rabbit Advocacy Animal Matters
November 1, 2007 Companion Animal Welfare Fund
MHS Position: SUPPORT
Current Status: SB 350 passed both the House and the Senate and has been signed by the Governor!
SB 350, also known as The Companion Animal Welfare Fund, has been signed into law by the Governor! This is a major victory for animals and animal welfare organizations in Michigan. The Michigan Humane Society is proud to have been actively involved in the development and success of this bill.
This law will allow taxpayers to either designate a portion of their state income tax refund, or make a voluntary donation, to a new interest-bearing Companion Animal Welfare Fund in the state Treasury. The fund would make monetary grants to animal welfare groups for implementing innovative animal sterilization and adoption programs in our state.
Many areas of our state have only small shelters or foster based humane societies with very limited resources. This law will provide animal welfare groups across Michigan the opportunity to receive funding for critical programs they otherwise could not afford.
MHS recognizes that strong adoption and sterilization programs are key components in ending companion animal homelessness. With the passage of this bill, we believe we are now one step closer to reaching that goal. Thank you for your support of this important legislation!
Comment: Hopefully this will set a precedent and other states and provinces will follow suit. Animal welfare issues are of concern to all society. Keep fighting the good fight!
Comment: It is of paramount importance that we keep speaking out for the protection and humane treatment of all species. Our crimes against animals are truly despicable, and legislation on all levels needs to be modernized. Please do your part in forcing change and in demanding justice for the innocent. Animals matter! The following are petitions from May, 2010.
Protect Domestic Animals from Abuse: Add on to the Animal Welfare Act
Welfare Act is designed to protect animals from mistreatment. But it doesn't
cover an individual's abuse of domestic animals -- a crime that too often is not
Support International Guidelines for Humane Animal Treatment
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Animals all over the world are
victims of cruelty and abuse.
Federal legislation in Canada: Canada is widely considered to be a progressive, civilized country with plenty of laws on the books to protect its citizens from various forms of violence, disorderly conduct and theft. But we have a dismal record when it comes to protecting animals from cruelty, abuse and neglect. That could change with your help. Find out more on the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies page.