For years we have been working to end the gassing of dogs and cats in Pennsylvania, and we have made great progress. Last fall, a number of you were able to attend our rally at Thorncroft Equestrian Center in Chester County in support of this important legislation. Others helped by e-mailing and contacting key legislators in support of the bill. Thanks to your hard work and lobbying efforts, the Pennsylvania Senate approved my Senate Bill 1329 by a unanimous 48-0 vote in March and sent it to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for its approval.
But unless state Rep. John Maher, Chair of the House Agriculture Committee, moves the bill out of committee, our years-long drive to end Pennsylvania animal gas chambers will be in jeopardy. In the Pennsylvania legislature, a committee chairman can defeat a bill by simply not bringing it up for consideration.
If Daniel’s Law fails to be voted on and approved by Rep. Maher’s committee and the full House this fall, all our work will be for naught, and Pennsylvania’s animal gas chambers will remain in operation. When the Pennsylvania Legislature adjourns at the end of this October, all unapproved bills including SB 1329 will expire, and we will have to introduce a new Senate Bill in January 2013 and start our efforts all over again.
Let’s not let that happen. Please join us at the rally, which again will be held on Tuesday, September 25 at 12 noon at the fountain directly behind the Capitol Building, and feel free to bring your leashed dog or cat.
The rally will occur rain or shine. I encourage you to invite your friends, family and all who love dogs and cats and want to stand up for their humane treatment. If you plan to come to the rally – with or without your dog or cat – please contact Deb Woolson in my office at 610-692-2112 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, September 20 in order to help us plan appropriately.
If you cannot attend but still want to help get Daniel’s Law passed, contact my Legislative Director, Martin Indars, at email@example.com.
Your efforts in this matter mean everything. Be the voice for the dogs and cats of Pennsylvania. Stop the inhuman practice of animal-gassing now.
Offices of State Senator Andy Dinniman