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Status of pending animal welfare legislation

Status of pending animal welfare legislation

The Minnesota Legislature is in recess until noon on Tuesday, April 22.

 

Dog and cat breeder regulation bill

Animal Humane Society SUPPORTS this legislation.

H.F. 84

Help us oppose MNCAPA

Help us oppose MNCAPA

Please join with Animal Humane Society and many other Minnesota animal welfare organizations in expressing opposition to the Minnesota Companion Animal Protection Act (MNCAPA).

The MNCAPA bill introduced in the Minnesota House (H.F. 391) is scheduled to be heard this Thursday (February 27) in the Agriculture Policy Committee.

Letter to Minnesota representatives in opposition to MNCAPA

Letter to Minnesota representatives in opposition to MNCAPA

 

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.

Advocacy and rescue

Advocacy and rescue

Animal Advocates

The Animal Advocates network is a group of people committed to making a difference in the lives of animals in our communities. Together, they contact their state senators and representatives to support legislation that will keep animals safe.

Key highlights of the bill that will criminalize documentation of animal cruelty

 

Key points of the bill that will criminalize documentation of animal cruelty

What the bill prevents

  • S.F. 1118/H.F. 1369 will prohibit individuals from “producing a record which reproduces an image or sound occurring at the animal facility.”
  • This essentially bars an individual who comes across or is aware of potentially illegal activity that is harmful to animals from documenting (photo, sound, video) the problem in any way.

How it will prevent us from rescuing animals from abuse

Requires unnecessary holding periods

MNCAPA requires unnecessary and extended holding periods for animals


If MNCAPA were enacted, it would require extended holding periods for all surrendered animals, needlessly delaying adoption and multiplying the cost of sheltering many of the 30,000 animals Animal Humane Society takes in every year.

Corresponding bill language: 4.1-4.9

Requires animals be doubled up in cages

MNCAPA requires animals to be doubled up in cages


If enacted, MNCAPA would require that animals be doubled up in cages, increasing stress in the shelter system and the chance for animals to contract disease.

Corresponding bill language: 7.16-7.32

Requires exhaustive paperwork limiting animal care

MNCAPA requires exhaustive paperwork and certification limiting animal care


If enacted, MNCAPA would require exhaustive paperwork and certification that must be completed by veterinarians and administrators, which will needlessly drain away funds and reduce the time they can spend on the direct care of animals.

Corresponding bill language: 3.21-3.24, 6.6-6.16, 6.32-7.10, 9.3-10.10

Permits any animal organization to seize pets from a shelter

MNCAPA permits any unregulated animal organization to seize pets from a shelter

If enacted, MNCAPA would not allow Animal Humane Society to partner only with its trusted rescue partners, but instead would permit any unregulated animal organization to seize pets from its shelters — without having to prove their ability to provide quality care.

Animal Humane Society position on MNCAPA

AHS position on MNCAPA

“The Minnesota Companion Animal Protection Act” (MNCAPA) will not ensure the protection of Minnesota companion animals nor will it provide for life-saving best practices in Minnesota animal shelters, including Animal Humane Society, the largest animal welfare organization in the Upper Midwest. 

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