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The Issues & Our Positions

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Factory Farming

Despite pictures of happy cows and chickens on packaging, animals raised in factory farms endure intense and sustained cruelty. Michigan has over 270 factory farms.

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Declawing Cats

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Ann Arbor Deer Cull

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Fur Farms

Sandhill Crane, photo by Joan Tisdale

Sandhill Crane Hunt

Lost dog and cat sign

Stray Hold Law

Photo by George Potter on Unsplash

Petting Zoos

Happy smiling brown and white pitbull

Breed Discrimination

Photo credit: Yves Forestier/Sygma via Getty Images

Animals in Research

Action Alerts & Updates

Stop the Michigan Wolf Hunt

Update: On February 24th, 2021 the Senate Natural Resources Committee passed SR 15 and adopted this resolution. Many conservation and animal welfare groups were dismayed to hear this news and will continue to work on this important issue.  Because this resolution encourages the Natural Resources Commission to designate wolves as a game species and establish a hunting season for them, the NRC needs to hear from concerned citizens. We hope you will join us at upcoming Natural Resources Commission meetings, currently virtual. We need your voice! Please help protect Michigan wildlife by writing the Governor here!

Wolves nearly went extinct after being maligned and maliciously hunted.  The federal Endangered Species Act aided in their recovery, but wolves were officially delisted in January by the Trump Administration and no longer receive federal protection.

A wolf hunting and trapping season is not based on the best available science, ignores the will of Michigan voters (who twice opposed wolf hunting initiatives across the state), Michigan’s tribal communities and perpetuates the idea that hunting an animal for a trophy is an acceptable way to interact with our state’s wildlife.

We know wolves are noble, intelligent creatures with strong family ties, and are an essential part of Michigan’s natural beauty and delicate ecosystems.  We also know that wolf population has remained stable but small for a decade, livestock depredations are minimal and there is no documented risk to human safety.  There is simply no justification for a wolf hunt in 2021.

Wildlife nearly everywhere are under great threat as their numbers continue to diminish due to deforestation, climate change, pollution, illegal trade and trophy hunting.  They need our protection!

Please voice your opposition today!  We need you to help Michigan’s wolves recover and prevent the use of neck snares, steel-jawed traps and other brutal forms of hunting.

Stop the hunt of Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes - Photo by John Duncan on Unsplash

Photo by John Duncan on Unsplash

Update: On March 17th, 2021 the Senate Natural Resources Committee favorably passed SR 20. This resolution encourages Michigan’s Natural Resources Commission to designate Sandhill Cranes as a game species and establish a hunting season. We hope you will join us at upcoming Natural Resources Commission meetings, to oppose a Sandhill Crane hunt in Michigan. They need to hear the voices of people who have compassion for animals and want to protect our environment for all to enjoy. We need your voice; please write to our state to help protect Michigan wildlife!

The Michigan Senate Natural Resources Committee voted to pass Senate Resolution 0020 (SR 20) urging the Natural Resources Commission to designate Sandhill cranes as a game species and to open a hunting season on them.

One hundred years ago, Michigan’s Sandhill crane population was near extinction due to hunting and diminishing wetland habitats. The bird’s population recovered at a very slow pace and still remains vulnerable.

Instead of celebrating a successful conservation effort, SR 20 seeks to destroy it!  The hunting of Sandhill cranes serves no wildlife management purpose, does not prevent crop conflict, and reverses conservation efforts by orphaning still-dependent young.

Stop the neverending Ann Arbor Deer Cull

While Ann Arbor City Council sensibly but narrowly voted 6-5 to use the deer cull funding for 2021 elsewhere, the deer cull will continue to be in the City Budget, long past the original “4-year plan.” 

Regardless of one’s position on the cull, there is no biological overpopulation, and the fact that culling would be a permanent line item expending hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money annually was never communicated to the community.  Further, if we’re to follow good science, the need for a cull, should be proven and openly communicated, citing population numbers and goal. Hiring sharpshooters to kill wildlife in our parks should not be the default policy. 

If you are an Ann Arbor resident who cares about respecting wildlife and finding nonviolent solutions to community problems, consider politely contacting your Council Member to let them know, and getting a yard sign to “Stop the Shoot.”

Animals can’t speak for themselves; they depend on us.

Give Animals in Research a Life Outside the Lab

Photo credit: Yves Forestier/Sygma via Getty Images

Photo credit: Yves Forestier/Sygma via Getty Images

Thousands of dogs and cats are used for research in Michigan every year, and many are needlessly euthanized when the experiments end, despite being healthy and adoptable.

Teddy’s Law was officially introduced in May 2021 with 10 co-sponsors. House Bill (HB) 4881 will require laboratories to offer any cat or dog used in testing up for adoption with a MDARD-registered shelter as long as they are in good health. HB 4882 will require laboratories to report the number of animals that they use, euthanize and adopt to the Department of Agriculture every year.

The bills were assigned to the Regulatory Reform Committee and a hearing will be required. There’s more work ahead, but we’re one step closer to giving dogs and cats a chance at life outside of the laboratory.

Want to help? Sign up to be an HSHV Animal Defender to receive the most up to date information on how you can help pass these bills.

Let’s help give dogs and cats a chance at life outside of a laboratory!

Protect Defenseless Dogs

Our Cruelty Investigators see dogs who spend their entire lives outdoors, surviving in extreme temperatures, often suffering from neglect. While we educate and intervene when possible, laws to protect outdoor living dogs are minimal as long as “adequate shelter” is provided.

But under the current state code, adequate is far from…well, adequate.

HB 4784 was introduced in May 2021 to help address these concerns. Rep. Brann’s bill would tighten the restrictions on what is considered appropriate shelter and prohibit the use of certain materials, such as plastic and metal, that have not been modified to ensure the safety and well-being of the dog.

This bill was referred to the Committee of Regulatory Reform and we are hopeful it will be scheduled for a hearing. Of course we’d much prefer no dogs lived their lives outdoors! But, in the meantime, this bill is a good step forward in protecting our beloved companions.

Wolf Hunt

Stop the Michigan Wolf Hunt

Update: On February 24th, 2021 the Senate Natural Resources Committee passed SR 15 and adopted this resolution. Many conservation and animal welfare groups were dismayed to hear this news and will continue to work on this important issue.  Because this resolution encourages the Natural Resources Commission to designate wolves as a game species and establish a hunting season for them, the NRC needs to hear from concerned citizens. We hope you will join us at upcoming Natural Resources Commission meetings, currently virtual. We need your voice! Please help protect Michigan wildlife by writing the Governor here!

Wolves nearly went extinct after being maligned and maliciously hunted.  The federal Endangered Species Act aided in their recovery, but wolves were officially delisted in January by the Trump Administration and no longer receive federal protection.

A wolf hunting and trapping season is not based on the best available science, ignores the will of Michigan voters (who twice opposed wolf hunting initiatives across the state), Michigan’s tribal communities and perpetuates the idea that hunting an animal for a trophy is an acceptable way to interact with our state’s wildlife.

We know wolves are noble, intelligent creatures with strong family ties, and are an essential part of Michigan’s natural beauty and delicate ecosystems.  We also know that wolf population has remained stable but small for a decade, livestock depredations are minimal and there is no documented risk to human safety.  There is simply no justification for a wolf hunt in 2021.

Wildlife nearly everywhere are under great threat as their numbers continue to diminish due to deforestation, climate change, pollution, illegal trade and trophy hunting.  They need our protection!

Please voice your opposition today!  We need you to help Michigan’s wolves recover and prevent the use of neck snares, steel-jawed traps and other brutal forms of hunting.

Sandhill Crane Hunt

Stop the hunt of Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes - Photo by John Duncan on Unsplash

Photo by John Duncan on Unsplash

Update: On March 17th, 2021 the Senate Natural Resources Committee favorably passed SR 20. This resolution encourages Michigan’s Natural Resources Commission to designate Sandhill Cranes as a game species and establish a hunting season. We hope you will join us at upcoming Natural Resources Commission meetings, to oppose a Sandhill Crane hunt in Michigan. They need to hear the voices of people who have compassion for animals and want to protect our environment for all to enjoy. We need your voice; please write to our state to help protect Michigan wildlife!

The Michigan Senate Natural Resources Committee voted to pass Senate Resolution 0020 (SR 20) urging the Natural Resources Commission to designate Sandhill cranes as a game species and to open a hunting season on them.

One hundred years ago, Michigan’s Sandhill crane population was near extinction due to hunting and diminishing wetland habitats. The bird’s population recovered at a very slow pace and still remains vulnerable.

Instead of celebrating a successful conservation effort, SR 20 seeks to destroy it!  The hunting of Sandhill cranes serves no wildlife management purpose, does not prevent crop conflict, and reverses conservation efforts by orphaning still-dependent young.

Ann Arbor Deer Cull

Stop the neverending Ann Arbor Deer Cull

While Ann Arbor City Council sensibly but narrowly voted 6-5 to use the deer cull funding for 2021 elsewhere, the deer cull will continue to be in the City Budget, long past the original “4-year plan.” 

Regardless of one’s position on the cull, there is no biological overpopulation, and the fact that culling would be a permanent line item expending hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money annually was never communicated to the community.  Further, if we’re to follow good science, the need for a cull, should be proven and openly communicated, citing population numbers and goal. Hiring sharpshooters to kill wildlife in our parks should not be the default policy. 

If you are an Ann Arbor resident who cares about respecting wildlife and finding nonviolent solutions to community problems, consider politely contacting your Council Member to let them know, and getting a yard sign to “Stop the Shoot.”

Animals can’t speak for themselves; they depend on us.

Research Animal Bills

Give Animals in Research a Life Outside the Lab

Photo credit: Yves Forestier/Sygma via Getty Images

Photo credit: Yves Forestier/Sygma via Getty Images

Thousands of dogs and cats are used for research in Michigan every year, and many are needlessly euthanized when the experiments end, despite being healthy and adoptable.

Teddy’s Law was officially introduced in May 2021 with 10 co-sponsors. House Bill (HB) 4881 will require laboratories to offer any cat or dog used in testing up for adoption with a MDARD-registered shelter as long as they are in good health. HB 4882 will require laboratories to report the number of animals that they use, euthanize and adopt to the Department of Agriculture every year.

The bills were assigned to the Regulatory Reform Committee and a hearing will be required. There’s more work ahead, but we’re one step closer to giving dogs and cats a chance at life outside of the laboratory.

Want to help? Sign up to be an HSHV Animal Defender to receive the most up to date information on how you can help pass these bills.

Let’s help give dogs and cats a chance at life outside of a laboratory!

Outdoor Dogs bills

Protect Defenseless Dogs

Our Cruelty Investigators see dogs who spend their entire lives outdoors, surviving in extreme temperatures, often suffering from neglect. While we educate and intervene when possible, laws to protect outdoor living dogs are minimal as long as “adequate shelter” is provided.

But under the current state code, adequate is far from…well, adequate.

HB 4784 was introduced in May 2021 to help address these concerns. Rep. Brann’s bill would tighten the restrictions on what is considered appropriate shelter and prohibit the use of certain materials, such as plastic and metal, that have not been modified to ensure the safety and well-being of the dog.

This bill was referred to the Committee of Regulatory Reform and we are hopeful it will be scheduled for a hearing. Of course we’d much prefer no dogs lived their lives outdoors! But, in the meantime, this bill is a good step forward in protecting our beloved companions.

Resources

HSHV works with local, state and federal legislators and partner organizations to help better protect animals. Below are some resources. Have a suggestion for more? Email us!

LEGISLATIVE TRACKER

Legislative Tracker

For the latest information on animal welfare legislation as well as HSHV’s position, please see HSHV’s Legislative Tracker.

ADVOCACY TIPS

Effective Advocacy Tips

Courtesy of Jenifer Martin, adjunct clinical instructor at the UM School of Public Health and former HSHV board member

Step 1: Identify the issue you are concerned about

  • Think about the issue at hand and what exactly you want to see changed. Work to gather information on the issue from all sides, including arguments both for and against the change you want to see made.

Step 2: Identify a clear goal for your advocacy

  • Creating a goal that is realistic and will have an impact is one of the most important steps in effective advocacy work. Start off by developing an “ask.” When doing this, consider what it is you want to accomplish. Is it a new law? A regulation? Be as clear as possible about what you are asking lawmakers to do and if appropriate, include the following:
    • Specific legislation involved
    • The lead sponsor of the legislation
    • Timing of any future actions

Sample “ask”: I’m writing to urge you to vote “no” on House bill 5917, sponsored by Rep Vaupe, which would prohibit local governments from enacting rules that regulate pet shops. If this bill passes, any city or county wishing to prohibit pet shops from selling puppy mill puppies would be unable to do so. Ordinances already passed by Michigan cities to prohibit the sale of puppy mills would e revoked. This bill we e considered on the floor of the House next week.

Step 3: Identify the Decision Maker

  • When planning, it is important to think about who is going to be making any decisions regarding the issue you are concerned about. Will it be Congress? Is there a subcommittee? Your local Mayor? Focus all communication and efforts engaging those who will be a part of the decision making process for your particular issue.

Step 4: Affiliate/Build Coalition

  • Strength comes in numbers. Connect with local groups and organizations who share your goal and build and mobilize grass roots efforts. Because elected officials really listen to their constituents, the more stakeholders you can engage in your efforts, the better.

Step 5: Identify Opportunities to Engage

  • One of the most effective ways to bring your issue to an elected officials attention is by engaging with them in a variety of ways. Attending town hall meetings, writing letters, inviting staff to events and conducting in person meetings are all great ways to communicate your goal.

More tips:

  • Be prepared: have information, questions and expertise readily available.
  • Be professional: dress the part! Engage in polite, respectful way and be mindful of body language and your overall approach. Refrain from things like gum chewing and having your cell phone.
  • Be Persistent: offer your assistance, write thank you notes and maintain contact.
FIND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES

Use the links below to find out who represents you. The more your elected officials hear from you, their constituent, on animal welfare issues, the more likely they are to make it a priority for them to address. Your phone call, email or personal visit makes an impact!

Your local representatives

Find your Ann Arbor City Council Representatives

Find your Ypsilanti City Council Representatives

Saline City CouncilPlymouth City Government

Find your Washtenaw County Elected Officials

Your state representatives

Find your Michigan State Representative

Find your Michigan State Senator

Find your national representatives

U.S. House of Representatives: Find your Congressional Representative

U.S. Senate: Contact Michigan Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow

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