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My mother received an email from the Richmond SPCA last week about a very disturbing and heartless bill that the Virginia legislature has in subcommittee right now that basically is going to wipe out all of the hard work that has been done to punish animal abusers and protect animals. This bill MUST be stopped! I don't normally get involved in politics but I am getting involved in this.

This bill will allow animal abusers to keep their animals during the investigation and prosecution period. It would return the animals to the person or entity (read pet store or puppy mill) to sell the animals after conviction. It also allows people who have been convicted to own animals again after a conviction for animal abuse. Please, please help stop this bill from becoming law. I plan to spend tomorrow calling every delegate on the list starting with the sponsor of the bill Delegate Lee Ware of Powahatan County.





A bill (House Bill 2482) has been introduced in the Virginia General Assembly that is the most cold-hearted assault on the wellbeing of animals, on abused animals and on the laws that exist in Virginia to protect and care for them that has ever been seen. The bill, patroned by Delegate Lee Ware of Powhatan, is being promoted by pet dealers and pet stores. If passed, it will eviscerate our 20-year progress on laws for the protection of companion animals in Virginia. It will permit animal abusers to escape any real penalty for their abuse and, most amazingly, will permit convicted animal abusers to retain the very animals that they have been convicted of abusing.

To express your concern and disappointment at this brutal assault on abused and defenseless animals, please contact the patron Delegate Ware at 804-698-1165 or alternately via email at [email protected] - phone calls are preferable because they carry more impact.

We need your help in sending a loud and clear message to the Virginia General Assembly that those of us who love animals will not tolerate this assault on decency and compassion.
There is a synopsis of the bill below. If you are as horrified by H.B. 2482 as I am, please take the few minutes it will require to call or e-mail the members of the House Agriculture Subcommittee and tell them how concerned you are and ask them to vote to defeat this bill. Your call is essential to protect animals who are abused. Please be polite but firm that this bill must be defeated. Please share this message with friends and family, particularly those who might live in one of the jurisdictions below.

[email protected] represents Danville (804-698-1014)

[email protected] represents Thornburg (804-698-1054)

[email protected] represents Glade Hill (804-698-1009)

[email protected] represents Virginia Beach (804-698-1081)

[email protected] represents Staunton (804-698-1020)

[email protected] represents Ashland (804-698-1055)

[email protected] represents Blacksburg (804-698-1012)

[email protected] represents Franconia (804-698-1043)


The chairman of the Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee is [email protected] who represents Gloucester, and his number is 804-698-1098. The Speaker of the House is [email protected] whose phone number is 804-698-1028. Calls and emails to them are very important as well.
While there are innumerable objectionable aspects of H.B. 2482 that would make it deeply damaging to animal welfare, chief among them are the following:

  • It would allow the person or entity charged with animal abuse to self-impound the allegedly abused animals (thereby enabling continued abuse during the investigation and prosecution of the alleged abuse crime).
  • It would return the abused animals to the person or entity convicted of animal abuse so that the person or entity could sell the animals (and, of course, continue to abuse them).
  • It would allow convicted abusers to have animals in the future.
  • It would eliminate the ability of a private humane society to assist with these abuse cases by providing care and adoption.
  • It would eliminate all references to “seizure” and would replace them with the word “forfeiture” to indicate that animals are "assets" and therefore should be treated like cars, jewelry, money, etc.
  • It would permit pet dealers and pet stores to continue to sell animals even following a conviction of abuse, cruelty or neglect.
  • It would remove the bond requirement for animal abuse prosecutions which would place all of the expense for the care of the animals during the pendency of the prosecution on the locality, rather than the abuser, making these prosecutions exceedingly expensive for localities to undertake.
Please call and write these Delegates as if abused animals’ lives depended on it because they do.
 

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The bill has been withdrawn by the sponsor. Apparently he didn't actually read it before he presented it. Once he actually bothered to read the bill he decided it WAS a bad idea and withdrew it. And people actually voted this man in office. Nice.
 

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He presented something he never even read? And these people control our lives? Are you kidding me?!
 

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Nope, not kidding. Apparently the proposal was made to him by the pet store and pet broker (can you call them lobbyists?). He presented the bill and whent the uproar started he actually went back and read the whole thing and realized it was a bad idea.
 
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