Advocacy Alert

USA: Help Extract Animals from Red Tape!

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 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 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, the federal HEART Act (H.R. 398/S. 2633) will help cut through the red tape for victims of animal fighting. The bill would require the animals' owners to reimburse the costs of caring for animals seized in federal animal fighting cases and help animals find homes faster by expediting the court processes that allow them to be re-homed and rehabilitated.

What You Can Do

Please use the email below to contact your U.S. representative and senators in Washington, D.C., and urge them to support and cosponsor the HEART Act. If your member of Congress has already signed on to be a cosponsor, our system will instead generate a message of thanks. (You may click on "view all possible messages" to view our pre-drafted text before authorizing it to send.)

Want to take your advocacy to the next level? After contacting your member of Congress, consider joining the ASPCA's HEART Team, a special group of advocates who want to take a hands on role in helping us pass the HEART Act. Learn more and join the team here.

On behalf of all animal fighting victims, thank you!