Kentucky: Thank your Lawmakers for Standing Up for Animals!
Kentucky: 2015 Legislative Wrap Up
Action Needed: Please call Governor Beshear at (502) 564-2611 to thank him for signing critical legislation into law that will go a long way in protecting Kentucky’s horses. After you call the Governor, please also call your state legislators to thank them for their work on this important issue.
Kentucky’s legislative session recently came to a close, and we want to thank you for all your hard work on important animal-protection legislation this year. While we were victorious in protecting Kentucky’s stray horses and defeating dangerous ag-gag legislation, the felony penalty for possessing dogs for fighting fell short of passage this session. We hope you’ll keep fighting alongside us to protect Kentucky dogs from this heinous blood sport.
Equine Protection Bill Victory
On March 19, Governor Beshear signed legislation to reduce the hold period for stray horses—from 90 to 15 days. The lengthy stray hold period had been a deterrent for local counties wanting to rescue horses in need. Fortunately, the new law will significantly decrease the financial burden associated with caring for stray horses, creating happy endings for both horses and local communities.
This is the first animal welfare bill to pass out of the Kentucky Legislature in 8 years. Please call the Governor and your state legislators to thank them for addressing this critical issue. Please see action steps below.
Ag-Gag Legislation Victory
For the second year in a row, our opposition attempted to pass an ag-gag law designed to cover up animal abuse on factory farms. Fortunately, this dangerous legislation did not make it across the finish line. This is a huge victory for farm animals, Kentucky citizens and the environment, but we must remain vigilant to ensure ag-gag does not rear its ugly head again next session.
Dog Fighting Legislation Defeat
We all know that dog fighting has no place in Kentucky, but the Commonwealth of Kentucky is the only state in the nation where possession of dogs for fighting is still legal. Unfortunately, critical legislation that would have closed this loophole in our dog fighting law failed to pass out of the Legislature this session. We will not give up on this effort, and we hope you’ll keep fighting alongside us to protect Kentucky dogs from this heinous blood sport!
What You Can Do
It’s so important that we thank our elected officials when they work to protect animals. Please call Governor Beshear at (502) 564-2611 to thank him for protecting Kentucky’s horses this session. Then, after your call to the Governor, please take a moment to call your state senator and representative in Frankfort and thank them for their work on this important issue. You can find your state legislators’ names and phone numbers here.
Thank you, Kentucky!