Rescue retired research animals
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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.
Lifesaving legislation was introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives to change this practice. HB4496 would require certain research facilities to place dogs and cats with Michigan-based shelters at the end of experimentation. The bill was referred to Michigan’s House Committee on Agriculture almost a year ago, where it sits without a hearing and no chance to be voted into law.
Of course we don’t want to see any animals suffer in laboratories. While we work toward that larger goal, this easy step should be passed now!
We believe our beloved companion animals deserve a loving home after spending their lives in laboratories – and know you believe the same.
Please contact Representative Julie Alexander, Agriculture Committee Chair, and request that she hold a hearing for HB 4496.
Thank you for speaking out on behalf of those who can’t. Their lives depend on it.
Stop Breed Discrimination in Michigan
Please speak out in support of Michigan’s HB 4035 prohibiting local laws based solely on breed—like those that ban ownership of dogs thought of as “pit bulls.”
Banning or restricting certain breeds is a well-meaning but ineffective attempt to promote safe communities. There’s no evidence that such bans enhance safety for people or animals. Instead, resources are used to punish responsible owners of well-behaved dogs, rather than protecting the community from reckless owners and unsafe dogs.
HB 4035 would end discriminatory laws that hurt innocent dogs and loving owners in Michigan, while strengthening the ability of localities to address truly dangerous situations.
We know you care about creating safer, more humane communities. Twenty-two states have already adopted a similar, commonsense approach. Help us make Michigan #23! Please contact your Michigan State Representative today and urge them to support HB 4035.
Get Michigan to be the 2nd state (behind lots of countries and cities) to Ban Declawing
Michigan State Representative Nate Shannon introduced legislation that, if it became law, would mean Michigan would lead the nation to outlaw declawing cats, banning a cruel and unnecessary mutilation.
Some mistakenly think declawing is harmless, surgical removal of nails, but declawing actually removes toe bones—resulting in both short-term and chronic pain and other well-documented health issues. We’ve witnessed this in our shelter; declawed cats often have physical and behavioral problems that are a secondary response to pain and to the stress of losing their natural and important need to scent mark. Declawing cats does not protect them from relinquishment; rather, it puts them at greater risk to be turned in to a shelter because of the resulting problems. Furthermore, the CDC and National Institutes of Health agree declawing cats to protect humans is “not advised.” See more about the issues from declawing here.
Based on research showing clear detrimental effects, both the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) are against declawing as an elective procedure. It is also illegal in numerous countries and cities, and it is opposed by all major animal welfare organizations.
Please take a second to email your representative letting them know declawing must stop, and the great state of Michigan can lead the way in protecting our companion animals.
Stop the hunt of Sandhill Cranes
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We need your voice!
The Michigan Senate Natural Resources Committee voted to pass Senate Resolution 0030 (SR 30) 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 30 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.
Please contact your Michigan Senator today and ask him/her to VOTE NO on SR 30 to open a hunting season on Sandhill cranes.
Animal Blood Bank
Recently you may have heard about an animal blood bank in Stockbridge that has acquired homeless animals from Michigan shelters to keep in cages and be repeat blood donors for a year or, in some cases, much longer. Rest assured that HSHV would never knowingly place an animal with a blood bank, laboratory, or Class B dealer. Our animals deserve loving, caring homes where they can rest comfortably and move freely.
While our companions sometimes need blood for medical reasons, blood can be acquired through family pets who are volunteered to make a donation as you see here. Forcing a companion animal to live in a cage without a home or family so that other companion animals can get needed medical care doesn’t make much sense. Further, let’s be clear that no for-profit company is helping the animal rescue industry by taking homeless animals, putting them in cages and profiting off of their blood. If your veterinarian uses a profit-making model that exploits homeless animals, please encourage them to use pets who can be a part of the program while living in a home with their loving family.
The Endangered Species: Nearing Extinction?
The current Administration has out forth a set of proposals designed to weaken protections in the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Michigan has 19 animals on the Endangered Species list. From the noble grey wolves, to beautiful Kirtland Warbler, to the mysterious Canada Lynx, vulnerable animals important to Michigan’s ecosystem will be at much greater risk of harm and extinction under these proposed changes.
The changes would allow for destruction of critical habitat, the last places they are found, by special interests and would make it legal to hurt and kill threatened animals — amounting to a huge reduction in protections for threatened species that slow down recovery and put more animals at risk of permanent extinction. For 45 years, the ESA has successfully saved vulnerable animals from extinction.