I recieved a long email from Alabama Voters for Responsible Animal Legislation (AVRAL) a few days ago that I'd like to copy & paste here. I hope you all will take the time to read it & forward this on to people who you think can help.
Dear AVRAL members,
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but animal welfare is likely going to be set back decades when the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (ASBVME) votes to close all the low-cost spay/neuter clinics in our state. This vote is going to take place the morning of October 10 in Montgomery. The State Vet Board, along with a group of Auburn veterinarians who formed ALVPOA as well as Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard were able to ensure the spay/neuter clinic protection act (HB 156) never got the vote it deserved. So many AVRAL members called, emailed, wrote letters, wrote editorials---and now we're faced with a situation that's worse then ever. There will be nothing we can do to stop the vote on October 10, but there are a few things we can do in the interim. The public shouldn't remain unaware of the havoc the board plans to wreak with Alabama's companion animals. This is the most dire situation AVRAL members have faced thus far, and though we can't stop the vote, we will make a lot of noise about it. Here's what you can do:
1. Do whatever it takes to be in Montgomery the morning of October 10. Of course it's a week day, but we understand veterinarians plan to show up in FULL FORCE. Animal advocates have got to be there as well or it will look like the public doesn't care. We care.
2. Write a letter to each member of the legislature and Governor Bentley
http://governor.alabama.gov/contact/contact_form.aspx noting the ASBVME obviously wants a monopoly on vet care and is expanding its authority beyond acceptable limits. Word your letter however you like; just make it clear that with this vote, the number of unwanted animals in Alabama will skyrocket and will impact taxpayers who bear the burden of paying for shelters. While there is nothing the legislature can do, you should POLITELY express your disappointment in their inability to protect low-cost clinics in the last legislative session and emphasize you have a full expectation they will support animal welfare issues in the upcoming legislative session. Politicians need to know we are being vigilant. Here's a list of all Alabama legislators, one for house reps (CLICK HERE) , one for senate reps (CLICK HERE) . Remember to put their addresses in the BCC line!!! You may get an email back saying "sorry, nothing I can do about it," and you can reply that you realize that, but want them to see what happens when they fail to rule in a proactive manner on animal welfare issues.
3. Write letters to the editor of your local paper. Don't assume someone else is going to--you do it. You can use this to educate the public and let people know they should join AVRAL by going to http://www.alabamavotesforanimals.org The more people who join, the more people we can get to Montgomery on Oct. 10.
4. Volunteer to RECRUIT, help us work events, pass out AVRAL literature, get everyone you encounter to join the fight for the lives of Alabama'a animals.
5. Help AVRAL grow by donating to the cause. We have purchased literally thousands of recruitment materials to distribute throughout Alabama, but it's a big state and we still can't cover key counties in which we need to build membership. If you've never donated to AVRAL before, PLEASE DO SO. We cannot win laws for animals without an AVRAL ARMY, and to get one we need to recruit and promote. That's expensive. You can just go to our donate link on the web page http://www.alabamavotesforanimals.org/519-2/ or email a check to PO Box 1868, Alabaster, AL 35007. A huge thanks to those of you who have donated in the past--we would have folded without you. We need EVERY member of AVRAL to donate at least $10-$20 to help us reach out to the extremely rural areas of Alabama (where much abuse goes unreported and animal reproduction goes unchecked).
Read the document the ASBVME will vote on on October 10. They wrote this.
noted and will get started.
If you want to write the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners here the info:
Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
c/o: Tammy Wallace
8 Commerce Street; Suite 910
Montgomery, AL. 36130-5330
Here's other people/places you can contact:
State of Alabama Constitution Officers
Attorney General Luther Strange &
Asst. Attorney General Honorable Todd E. Hughes
Office of the Attorney General
501 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
Honorable Robert Bentley, Republican
600 Dexter Avenue, Room N-104
Montgomery, AL 36104
List of House Reps: http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1106025356480-14/House+of+Representatives.pdf
List of Senate Reps: http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1106025356480-20/State+Senators.pdf
ADMINISTRATIVE RULE MAKING HEARING DATE: OCTOBER 10, 2012 TIME: 9:00 A.M. LOCATION: 8 COMMERCE STREET – 5TH FLOOR MONTGOMERY, AL *THE ADMINITRATIVE RULE MAKING HEARING WILL BE HELD ON THE 5TH FLOOR OF THE 8 COMMERCE BUILDING IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE ALL IN ATTENDANCE.
Written comments, views, or arguments will be received by the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners at 9:00 a.m. on October 10, 2012. Comments should be directed to Tammy Wallace, Executive Director, at 8 Commerce Street, Suite 910, Montgomery, AL 36130-5330 or via fax at 334-262-8716. A public hearing will be held at 9:00 a.m. on October 10, 2012 at 8 Commerce Street – 5th Floor, Montgomery, AL .
Hello Everyone, Great news! We won! Nobody voted for it. You'll find all the info in the story. Board Rejects Rule That Could Have Hurt Low-Cost Spay, Neuter Clinics in Alabama Animals (tags: Alabama low cost spay/neuter clinics, Alabama vets, cats, dogs, AnimalWelfare, ethics, humans, pets, protection, GoodNews ) Ginger - 13 minutes ago - gadsdentimes.com MONTGOMERY -- Alabama's veterinary medical licensing board on Wednesday rejected a proposed rule that animal shelter supporters said would have closed low-cost spay and neuter clinics. add comment | demote?: duplicate bad link spam not worthy