Michigan, Thank Governor Snyder for Signing Domestic Violence Pet-Protection Bill!
MI H.B. 4478—Inclusion of Pets in Orders of Protection
Sponsor: Rep. Robert L. Kosowski
ASPCA Position: Support
Action Needed: Please call Governor Rick Snyder and Representative Kosowski today and thank them for passing this important bill. See action steps below.
Update—May 18, 2016: Amazing news, advocates! Governor Snyder signed H.B. 4478 into law. We want to thank all of you who made your voices heard on this issue. We also want to extend a huge thank you to Governor Snyder and the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Kosowski, for their work on passing this meaningful legislation to better protect Michigan’s families and pets. Please see action steps below.
Seventy-one percent of pet-owning women entering domestic violence shelters report that their abuser threatened, harmed or even killed their pet. What’s more, nearly half of domestic violence victims delay seeking help and remain in dangerous environments for fear of what will happen to the pets they are forced to leave behind.
Michigan House Bill 4478 is critical legislation that will help families and companion animals by allowing judges to include pets in protective orders. The bill will better protect pets from the hands of abusers and encourage victims to seek the help they need. Twenty-eight other states already have similar laws.
What You Can Do
First, please place a quick, polite phone call to Governor Snyder at (517) 373-3400 and Rep. Kosowski at (517) 373-2576 and thank them for passing H.B. 4478.
Then, follow-up on your call with an email to your lawmakers with the same message of gratitude. You can send Governor Snyder an email here, and Rep. Kosowski here.
Thank you, Michigan!