So it’s that time of year again: the time when the Ky state legislature reconvenes and a few animal welfare bills are tossed into the mix. This year we have HB 56 dealing with forfeiture, HB 164 dealing with dogfighting and HB 177 dealing with shelter. If even one of these bills makes it through committee and both houses to get passed into law, it will be a small miracle.
ALDF, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, has rightly or wrongly placed Ky at the bottom of the list when it comes to animal laws for the past eight years. Since 2008, when Romeo’s Law, sponsored by Rep. Tom Buford, passed, adding a felony provision to the state’s arsenal, no new substantive animal laws have been passed.
One bright spot this year is that the House Speaker Greg Stumbo is co-sponsoring two of the above bills. If anything can help the bills, that political clout might do it. Let’s just hope no legislators decide to add abortion or ag-gag language to the bills like they did last year.
Please call 1-800-372-7181 and ask your legislator to support HB 56, HB 154 and HB 177!