How to Contact your
In Wisconsin, you can easily find your area's
representatives and their contact information by going to:
http://www.legis.state.wi.us./ and clicking on the
"Who are my legislators?" button.
Be sure to write or phone the Governor, as well as your
legislators. Our Governor can be reached at:
Historically, the MOST effective way to
contact legislators has been by a formal "snail mail" letter. Please
see What to Say and Sample Message, below, if you
are uncertain as to how to write a letter that officials will pay attention to.
The second most effective method of contact is a phone
call. Read on for What To Say.
If you do not feel comfortable writing a letter or
calling you can e-mail but please be aware that this is generally considered
the least effective and most "informal" way of
communicating with politicians (though, with the anthrax scares, many
legislators on the federal level now prefer email). Follow the same rules
for an email as you would for a printed letter.
What to Say:
I Thank past PFL
supporters for their WISDOM in taking up the matter once again/ I request
newly elected legislators to help reintroduce and co-sponsor a Pet Facilities
I support a self-funded Pet Facilities Law such as the
former AB536, including the amendments passed by the Agriculture Committee that
extend this protection to all pet species (birds, rodents, reptiles, small
mammals, etc.), and would like to see such a bill reintroduced in this year's
session of the state legislature.
I believe people who sell more than 25 pets per year
should be licensed and inspected.
I believe ALL pet species should be given protection,
NOT just dogs.
This type of legislation is a consumer protection bill that is long
As a responsible pet owner and a person who cares
about animals, I emphatically DO NOT object to the small increase
in pet tags to help fund the licensing and inspection program.
I believe that not only will the Pet Facilities Law NOT
use any funds from the state budget, but its enforcement may actually ADD to
state tax revenues by forcing businesses to accurately report their income and
charge state tax on their "products." Everyone dealing in pets should
pay a fair share of taxes.
Be sure to give your name, address, and phone number. A
anonymous letter won't even make it to your legislator's desk, and he probably
won't pay much attention to it if your address isn't included.
If you haven't already done so, please review the
following links and familiarize yourself with the arguements presented therein.
Below is a sample
message, which will give you a starting point for your own sentiments regarding
the need for regulation of the pet industry. Please use your own sentiments and
experiences, and remember, always be respectful and courteous.
Rude or abusive letters will hurt, rather than help, our cause.
The Honorable (legislator's name)
City, State, Zip
Dear Sen/Rep Name:
support a self-funded Pet Facilities Law such as the former AB536, including
the amendments passed by the Agriculture Committee, and would like to see such
a bill reintroduced in this year's session of the state legislature.
Please work to
have the former AB536 reintroduced in the new legislative session, IN WHOLE
including the amendments passed by the Agriculture Committee. ALL pet species
should be given protection NOT just dogs.
With the passage
of this bill, Wisconsin might finally start catching up to other states in our
ability to regulate breeding, boarding, pet dealer and kennel operations. For
too long our state has been the recipient of 'bad actors' from other states
that have passed similar legislation. These people come to Wisconsin and set up
shop because they know that we don't have the laws necessary to enforce even
minimum standards. It has already been proven that many of them don't pay sales
tax or correctly report income tax. That hurts all of us.
A Pet Facilities
Bill is NOT an animal rights group bill. A Pet Facilities Bill is about a
variety of things including consumer protection, leveling the playing field for
responsible small business owners, and yes, humane treatment of companion
animals. I hope I can count on you to do the right thing for Wisconsin
consumers, business owners and pets.
Please help bring
back the Pet Facilities Bill.
Please note: You MUST include your name and address. Your legislator won't
pay much attention to what you have to say if this information isn't
included--if your letter even reaches his desk.
always be respectful and courteous.
Join Our Classified Ad Campaign:
We are gathering information on
where puppy mill pets are advertised. Help us! Simply mail a copy of your area
newspaper, shopper and bargain guide to:
|Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project
Attn: Classified Ad Project
PO Box 516
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020
Donate to Our Classified Ad
Your donation will
go to help fund educational ads in the newspapers where people are
"shopping" for pets. Make check payable to Wisconsin Puppy Mill
Project and mail to:
|Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project
Attn: Classified Ad Project
PO Box 516
Elkhart Lake, WI
Attend Public Hearings:
One of the most
important ways to advocate for animals is to attend "Public
Hearings." It will be very important for as many animal advocates as
possible to attend these hearings. Please do not be intimidated by speaking in
public. It's easy. We must be the voices for those who have none.
Just bring a short
statement -- it can even be a copy of a letter you have already written or your
own version of the sample above. You might also want to review the
Dept. of Ag., Trade, & Consumer Protection Funding
Analysis to help organize your thoughts.
Even if you don't
want to talk...just show up. Bring a small placard -- the
Pet March photo album will give you some
victims of commercial greed cannot speak for themselves. It's up to you!
EDUCATE! EDUCATE! EDUCATE!
Talk to people!
Tell your neighbors, co-workers, friends, and relatives about puppy mills.
Encourage people who are looking for pets to adopt a homeless animal from a
shelter or breed placement group. HELP them find the pet of their dreams. Tell
them about the link between pet shop animals and the mills that produce them.
Remind them that when they "buy" from a pet shop, classified ad
seller or pet mill that they destine the animal's parents to continued the
"breed for profit" cycle. Ask them to THINK about the ones they leave
behind! Tell them that buying from these places is NOT a "rescue." It
is only helping to perpetuate the problem by supporting the "market"
and lining the miller's pockets.
are the only people who can stop the abuse and neglect of pet animals used for
profit in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is already seeing an increase in pet mills.
Millers want to operate where there is no regulation. No standards means more
profit and less "hassle" for them. We need a massive effort on the
part of ALL humane-minded people to STOP the abuse of the "pets for
profit" milling industry.
PLEASE ACT NOW!
First, they ignore you,
then they laugh at you,
then they fight you,
then you win.
The Reintroduced PFL
(pdf) * Recommended Administrative Rules (pdf
) * Acrobat Reader
AB 536 Authors and
Cosponsors * Our
Supporters * Funding Analysis
Tips for Contacting Elected
Officials * E-mail
Pet March on the
Capitol * Puppy Mill Links
Funding information courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of
Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.
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