April 5, 2012
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Florida's animal lovers and humane voters would like to extend a very heartfelt "Thank You!" to Senator
for his sponsorship of S.B. 818, the Florida Animal Rescue Act, along with House sponsor Joseph Abruzzo–(D-
) who carried the companion legislation, H.B. 597, in the lower chamber.
Both bills received tremendous public support, including the support of
's rescue community, many of
's animal shelters, and national animal welfare organizations such as Best Friend's Animal Society, Alley Cat Allies, the No Kill Advocacy Center, and No Kill Nation. In addition, both bills picked up fifteen co-sponsors who also deserve sincere recognition and gratitude for their dedication to
's sheltered pets: Senator
) , Senator Latvala (R-
), Senator Margolis (D-
), Senator Smith (D-
West Palm Beach
), and Representative
(R-Ft. Myers). Thank you for supporting this groundbreaking animal welfare legislation!
While the Florida Animal Rescue Act was passed unanimously in the Senate Community Affairs committee, and despite overwhelming public support, the bill never reached a vote. On the last day of session, one senator had the power to save the lives of
's shelter animals but instead killed the bill due to a procedural objection.
The Florida Animal Rescue Act would have saved the lives of thousands of
's sheltered pets, would have saved taxpayer money, and would have set statewide standards for rescue groups.
Please tell Senator Thrasher that the Florida Animal Rescue Act must pass in 2013. Senator Thrasher can be reached at his
office at (904) 727-3600; via e-mail:
; or by mail at Senator
, 9485 Regency Square Blvd., Suite 108
SOURCE No Kill Nation