SJR 18 passes

Now that Republican senators have caved and voted along party lines to pass SJR 18, which will allow the killing of bear and wolf cubs in dens in Alaska, they should probably fear the day they may meet this man.

Please call, email or tweet the president and demand he veto this disgusting bill!

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Ky General Assembly helps law enforcement animals, but hurts assistance animals serving people with disabilities


K9, search & rescue and narcotics and bomb-detection dogs will soon have a little more protection thanks to a new law passed by the legislature.

Currently if a service animal, including a K9 or disability assistance animal, is killed or unable to return to service as a result of an assault, the perpetrator can be charged with a felony crime. The new law will provide that a felony can be charged even if a K9 animal can return to work.

Unfortunately, due to a committee substitute added to the bill HB 93 in the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Joe Fischer, disability assistance animals will no longer be covered under the felony law at all.

While glad that law enforcement animals will have greater protection, I am saddened that other service animals who protect, comfort and assist individuals with disabilities will actually have less protection as a result of the law.

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Kentucky legislature setting the stage for the slaughter of horses with SB 139

Not sure if this is a relatively benign tax-related bill or something more sinister that could open the door back up to horse slaughter, but stay tuned!

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FRANKFORT, KY — Kentucky is marketed as the Horse Capital of the World, the State with “unbridled spirit”, as seen in its logo.

Tragically, this unbridled spirit does not extend to the safety, well-being and benevolent treatment of the horses it so proudly hails as an integral part of its history, economy and culture.

Kentucky is renowned for its lack of animal protection laws and that extends to its horses. According to some, Kentucky ranks in the bottom five in animal welfare but most recently there have been claims it is at the very bottom.

Here are two examples involving racehorses. There are many more.

1. There is nothing on the books that governs how many times a racehorse can be whipped or for how long before it becomes cruelty or abuse, a Churchill Downs veterinarian smirked several years ago.

2. When PeTA exposed horrific acts of cruelty exposed in…

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What do I care?

As you may have heard, Richard Berman, spearhead of the Harvest Project, who has for financial gain run campaigns against MADD and HSUS, is airing a Super Bowl commercial blasting HSUS. If you are a fellow animal advocate/rescuer, you may be upset by this, or you may think so what. If you are among the latter group, you are not alone.

Our organization KVFA has not agreed with HSUS’s stance on every issue. Berman’s attacks on them generally are, in effect, that they do not give their money to individual animal shelters and that they are extremists akin to PETA. He couches his organization as being concerned with the rights of consumers, pet owners, hunters and farmers.

Why then, you may ask yourself, does he attack HSUS rather than PETA, whose mission is far more extreme? Follow the money. HSUS is the largest national organization that pushes for stronger animal welfare laws in each state. Berman knows this, which is why they are his main target. But why would anyone unjustly target groups that try to help animals or drunk driving victims? Who stands to gain from damage to these groups? Who would pay Berman to run his smear campaigns? The NRA and alcoholic beverage companies come to mind.

http://bermanexposed.org/

Ky, ranked last in the nation for animal laws by ALDF for the 10th year in a row despite the welcome passage of the dogfighting bill last year, certainly needs to improve animal laws, and we need all the help we can get from groups like HSUS and ASPCA. Yet groups like Berman’s, the Kentucky Houndsmen Association, Big Ag and legislators like Robin Webb who regurgitate their nonsense, are determined to prevent better laws for animals. They claim their main concern is hunting/farming rights. However, those rights are already protected in our animal welfare laws. So why would they continue to undermine work and fight better laws, such as a law against bestiality? Again follow the money. A search of their donors could prove very interesting.

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We on the ground who call, email and visit our legislators for better animal laws every year, and rescue one animal after another from pitiful conditions, would be wise to band together in these uncertain times with other grass-roots groups, as well as take advantage of resources of groups like HSUS and ASPCA . In an era of alternative facts, we have to question the motives of those who try to divide and conquer us. Just a little something to mull over as you’re watching the big game…<a fb<a

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post-election pause

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Well, the election is long over, so you either don’t care, are overjoyed and waiting for America to be great again, or are like me and just now recovering from the shock of having the first orange president instead of the first woman president. Or maybe you’re like Kanye West, and the election results have turned you from a Clinton supporter to a BLM/Trump supporter, and you’re so confused you had to cancel your tour and have a mental collapse (granted, not much of a catalyst might be needed for that for him).

Regardless, Trump is what we’re stuck with for the next four years, unless he’s somehow impeached. I for one am going to try to give it a chance. I’m just going to have to be more selfish and not worry about others. After all, I’m straight, white and definitely too old to ever need a safe abortion, so I should be good. I do have a Latino son, but hell, he’s almost grown, so I guess he’ll just have to learn to fend for himself. Kids these days are so coddled, maybe it’ll be good for him. And hey, maybe my health insurance premium will go down a little when all the E Ky Trump voters lose their Obamacare.

Kudos to all you crazy kids out protesting and wearing safety pins-good on ya! It’s just too much for me. Kanye and I will just be over here having our respective breakdowns.

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2016 Ky 3A Bourbon County marching band champions!

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I haven’t posted much lately, partially because I have been busy this fall following and cheering on my son’s band. It has been worth it though. This weekend they were the state champs in their class for the year.

Their show, which you can watch below, was created by their director in honor of his late father.

Enjoy!

(a performance from earlier in the season)

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Ky animal survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KF898RJ

Please take our Ky animal legislative survey! Please choose the answers that most apply. Thanks!

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The Moron’s Case For Hillary Clinton…because some of you really are that stupid.

Had to share!

An old colleague and I were having breakfast this morning when he looked up at the news (I can’t remember which network …MSNBC, I think) and noticed a split screen of Donald Trump and Hillary Clint…

Source: The Moron’s Case For Hillary Clinton…because some of you really are that stupid.

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Vote!

voteWith election day right around the corner, it’s time to consider candidates’ stands on animal welfare issues! Here are survey results from a survey sent by KVFA to all candidates for Ky state legislature and federal congressional seats. Unfortunately we did not receive a high percentage of results back, but we appreciate the responses from those who did return them. Just click on the typeform link and click results. Also attached is a link to Ballotpedia’s website showing races by district. If you have any questions, please let us know. Thanks!

https://admin.typeform.com/form/2210945/analyze/#results
https://ballotpedia.org/State_legislative_elections_by_stat…

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Tri County Albany Ky animal shelter stories

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A few good stories have emerged from the awful shelter situation. This husky mix was hit by a car last week and surrendered by his owner to the shelter. A volunteer quickly got him to a vet, and other volunteers and donors got him emergency care. He is now headed to rescue and recuperating in a foster home.

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Yesterday a photo of this senior lab, who had already been pulled from the shelter by rescue and was in temporary foster, was seen by the dog’s owner, who had been searching for him for awhile. The two are now reunited.

This shelter still has a way to go. However, hopefully this saga will have many more happy endings!

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