February 3rd, 2013 by admin
The 2013 Florida Legislative Session will begin in March, but legislators are already beginning to introduce bills that they will support during the session. So far, two bills related to animal protection have been introduced.
Senate Bill 504, introduced by state Senator Jeff Brandes, would strengthen Florida’s animal cruelty laws by: specifying that a person who commits multiple acts of cruelty against one animal or acts of cruelty against multiple animals may be charged with a separate offense for each such act; clarifying the prohibition on animal fighting paraphernalia; making animal fighting punishable under Florida’s anti-racketeering (RICO) law.
House Bill 417, introduced by state Representative Bobby Powell, would require registration and annual inspection of commercial dog or cat breeders. The bill would also require commercial breeders in Florida who sell pets online to meet minimal housing and care standards (currently, a loophole in federal law allows Internet-based puppy mills/dealers to avoid meeting the basic requirements of the Animal Welfare Act).
Have you ever spoken to your state senator or state representative? Now would be a good time to catch them at a district office near you, before they head to Tallahassee. Whether you meet in person, speak on the phone or communicate in writing, you could urge your state legislators to support the above bills and/or simply let them know how important the issue of animal protection is to you.
• To find your elected officials, visit www.flsenate.gov/senators/find
• To win victories for animals, ARFF will need your help during the legislative session. Contact ARFF to be added to our email list to receive legislative alerts and updates.
The 2013 legislative session will begin on March 5. Visit ARFF’s website for updates on animal protection legislation.