February 25, 2014
The Honorable John Benson
The Honorable Jeanne Poppe
Minnesota House of Representatives
State Office Building
St. Paul MN 55155
Dear Representatives Benson and Poppe,
We are writing to express our opposition to H.F. 391, the Minnesota Companion Animal Protection Act.
MNCAPA is a bill that sounds good but could have dire consequences for animals.
The bill is constructed from a template provided by a national organization. It is a boilerplate bill that has had virtually no input from Minnesota’s animal welfare community. Without discussion, input and recommendations from key stakeholders, MNCAPA cannot truly reflect the needs of Minnesotans, their pets, and the animal welfare organizations that serve them.
As it stands, this bill would have many unintended consequences that would not be in the best interests of the animals or provide proper animal care:
We support ongoing improvements in the professional, compassionate and transparent operation and management of animal shelters and animal control agencies. Without thoughtful input from key stakeholders, this bill does not support such improvements.
President & CEO
Animal Humane Society
A Rotta Love Plus
Leech Lake Legacy
Minnesota Voters for Animal Protection
City of Minneapolis
Animal Care and Control
Tri-County Humane Society
Carver Scott Humane Society
Blue Earth Nicollet Humane Society
Chair, Board of Directors
Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota
Pet Haven Inc. of Minnesota
Animal Folks MN
Humane Society of Goodhue County
Morrison County Animal Humane Society