Spending Cuts Could Affect Animal Welfare

With the 2012 budget proposal looming concerned animal lovers are being encouraged by the ASPCA to give their support a bi-partisan letter that pledges protection for animal welfare funding.

Federal animal welfare laws depend on the government to provide the funding to pay for their enforcement. Laws such as the Animal Welfare Act, the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act, the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act and the Horse Protection Act receive funding from the federal government. The programs are vulnerable, even though the funding is relatively small. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), brought forth a letter pledging that funding for animal-protection laws will remain intact.

If you would like to add your voice of support to the Smith-Blumenauer letter, please do so by April 13, 2011. Action can be taken online by visiting the ASPCA action center and filling out a simple form.


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Sumit jamadar
Sumit jamadar4 years ago


caterina c.

Thanks...I would sign but I'm from Italy *cat

Carrie Anne Brown

Thanks for sharing this article =] i would sign but i'm from the UK :/

Sharon S.
Sharon W.4 years ago

Seems the helpless and the voiceless are always the ones that are abandoned - whether it's senior citizens or mistreated animals. But there's always money for the elected officials' big oil cronies and for the study of pigeon poop or repay a political promise in exchange for donations to a campaign, or such. Pathetic.

Christa Deanne
Oceana Ellingson4 years ago

We've took homes away from so many animals, killed so many, hurt so many, neglected so many, we can't do anything else to hurt them. They don't deserve it. (When I say we, I'm talking about the human race.)

Susan M.
Susan M.4 years ago

A lot of people say we should support people before animals but let us not forget we are all part of the same planet. The majority of issues surrounding animals are caused by humans, whether it be the over breeding of animals or the destruction of the animals environment. Therefore my conclusion is that because humans cause the harm to the animals they deserve our financial support.

rene davis
rene davis4 years ago


Rita Schalla
Past Member 4 years ago

Barbara V., I agree! Well said !It is sad what is happening in this country. We can't let them take away the funding for animals!!!

NoEmails H.
Beba h.4 years ago

Animals always lose out to greedy and corrupt politicians and businessmen.

mari s.
mari s.4 years ago

Once again, animals are vulnerable members of our society - not protecting their basic rights and needs is unconscionable and unimaginable -- in short, their care needs to be constant and uninterrupted -- it's comparable to taking a sandwich away from a child, who gets only one sandwich per day for sustenance, and giving it to the Queen of England, who doesn't need it nor want it. Spending for animals cannot be cut.