USA: Help Extract Animals from Red Tape!
When animals fall victim to cruelty and are seized in federal animal fighting busts, they may endure months-long stays in shelters as the related criminal cases work their way through the court system.
Even with high-quality care, this extended period of legal limbo not only causes extreme stress and behavioral problems for the innocent animal victims involved, but also prevents them from being fully rehabilitated and adopted into new homes. What’s more, the astronomical expense of holding seized animals for long periods of time can cause financial and logistical obstacles for animal organizations and may prevent shelters from assisting in future investigations, which means fewer animals saved.
Fortunately, new legislation recently introduced in Congress will help cut through the red tape for federal victims of animal fighting. The HEART Act will give judges the authority to require the owners of seized animals to be responsible for the costs of their care in federal animal fighting cases, and help animals find homes faster by expediting the court process which allows them to be re-homed and rehabilitated.
What You Can Do
Please use the email below to contact your U.S. representative in Washington, D.C., and urge him or her to support and cosponsor the HEART Act, as well as urge colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee to pass this important measure.
On behalf of all animal fighting victims, thank you!