Welcome to the New Year – we hope it brings wonderful things for you and your equine friends! Read on for updates on the work of the ASPCA Equine Fund team during 2013 and peeks at what’s in store in 2014.
Celebrate Help a Horse Day
On April 26 the ASPCA is celebrating people like you who help horses in need. We’re gathering tools and ideas you can use to get the word out about your work in your community – and widen your network of supporters. The icing on the cake: five $10,000 grant prizes for best celebration efforts! And sign up now for a March webinar that will answer your questions.
Corral Public Support through Legislative Action
Advocating for horses is a primary focus for the ASPCA’s Government Relations team. Federal lobbyist Carolyn Schnurr answers questions about the crucial work happening now and how you can be part of it.
The Equine Fund’s Work in 2013
Expanded professional development resources such as day-long workshops across the country, free equine-oriented webinars for nonprofits, and the Nickerings e-newsletter ramped up in 2013. Read more about the team’s work in the field and what it means to equine rescues.
Sign Up Now for 2014 Equine Workshops
Full and fun days of learning and networking are in store through a series of workshops across the country, with the first Feb. 8 in Charlotte, N.C. Find out when a workshop will be held near you and sign up now!
Recruiting and Keeping Equine Volunteers
Finding the right volunteers, training them and getting them to commit over the long haul is a constant challenge. This free webinar recording will provide strategies, checklists, and more info that will help you attract and keep the volunteers you need.
We need your help! The Homes for Horses Coalition, which works to end horse slaughter and other forms of abuse, is gathering data on the cost of euthanasia in different parts of the country. Click here to take the survey.
MPAW is conducting a survey for this year’s annual conference. We would like to know what topics you and your organization are most interested in. Please take five minutes to complete this survey in order to make this year’s MPAW Conference the best it can be.
The deadline to respond is January 29.
Here is a link to the survey:
MPAW Conference Survey
Thanks for your participation!
We want to hear your opinions and ideas on the best training subjects to have in your area of the state!!
Take the MPAW Regional Training Topics Survey today!
The deadline to participate is 6:00 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, January 10th!
Click this link or copy and paste it into your browser!!
A great way to give your input on the generally accepted treatment of farm animals:
Agriculture Commission and MI Dept. of Agriculture & Rural Development Seeking Public Input on Agricultural Management Practices
Deadline to provide comment is January 22, 2014
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) today announced the public input meeting and review period has been scheduled for January 22, 2014 in order to gather comments on the 2014 drafts of the state’s Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs).
Public comment will be taken on all eight GAAMPs. There are proposed changes in the GAAMPs for: Manure Management and Utilization, Pesticide Utilization and Pest Control, the Care of Farm Animals, Site Selection and Odor Control for New and Expanding Livestock Production Facilities, and Irrigation Water Use. Currently, there are no proposed changes in the GAAMPs for: Nutrient Utilization, Farm Markets, and Cranberry Production.
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Don’t miss this opportunity to let your voice be heard!
MPAW is asking all Michigan Animal Control Officers and staff, and all staff members of Michigan animal rescues, humane societies, SPCAs, and shelters to tell us what you would like to learn about at 2014’s MPAW Regional Trainings.
If you have not taken the survey yet, please click:
MPAW Topics Survey
and take this five minute survey.
Deadline to participate is this Friday, January 10th.
Thank you so much!
The MPAW Team
On December 4th, 2013 HB5163 has been introduced to the House by Representative VerHeulen.
This bill would amend Michigan’s Large Carnivore Law by allowing the breeding of large carnivores such as lions and tigers and bears under certain conditions.
You can read over the bill here: HB5163
Jack Russell Terriers wade in filthy water at a Missaukee County breeding kennel. Photo Credit: ASPCA
SB = Senate Bill
HB = House Bill
*** = URGENT ACTION NEEDED!
MHS = MHS bill
*** MHS: SB560 & HB5095: Large-Scale Breeder Requirements and Stray Holding Periods
CALLS NEEDED! Calls are needed to your state Senator and Representative to give legislators an understanding of the level of support for the bill SB560 was introduced by Senator Bieda in the Senate on 10/1/13 where it was referred to the Committee on Agriculture. In the House, Representative Mike McCready introduced HB5095 on 10/23/13 where it was referred to the House Committee on Regulatory Reform. These bills amend Public Act 287 by adding large-scale dog breeders to registered entities and clarifying holding periods for stray pets in animal shelters. SB560 & HB5095 define large-scale dog breeders; require them to register with Michigan Dept. of Agriculture and Rural Development; limit the size of commercial kennels to 50 adult female breeding dogs; prohibit them from selling puppies less than 8 weeks old; require vaccination, parasite treatment and health certificates signed by a veterinarian; and require annual reporting and daily record-keeping. In terms of stray pet holding in animal shelters, these bills require any animal with traceable identification be held for at least 7 days; require animal shelters to trace ID using all reasonable means to contact the owner; require stray dogs without ID be held for at least 4 days and stray cats for at least 2 days; define holding days to include any day or part of a day a shelter is open including weekends; and transfer ownership of the animal to the animal shelter after holding period is complete. STATUS: SB560 had a hearing on Thursday, October 31, 2013 where several Michigan agencies and organizations testified in support, including Michigan Humane Society, the Ingham County Animal Shelter, the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers, St. Joseph County Animal Shelter, WishBone Pet Rescue (Allegan County), and Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan. HB5095 is awaiting a hearing in the House Committee on Regulatory Reform.
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SB0669: Primate Ownership Ban is the sister bill to House Bill 4300
SB0669 was introduced to the Senate by Sen. Rick Jones and was referred to the committee of Agriculture on November 7th. SB0669 is equal to HB4300 which has been stalled in House.
History on HB4300: HB4300 was re-introduced by Rep. Kandrevas on 2/21/13. Michigan Humane Society worked closely with the Detroit Zoo to draft this legislation. It would add non-human primates to the species banned for private ownership by the Large Carnivore Act in Michigan. Currently, only large exotic cats (lions, tigers, etc.) and bears may not be owned privately as “pets.” This bill had a hearing in the House Criminal Justice Committee on 5/15/13. A few amendments were made, and the substitute bill was voted out of committee. Michigan Humane Society has distributed a white paper on this bill for legislators and constituents. A joint letter of support was sent to all Representatives from MHS, Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers, the Animal Law Section of the State Bar, Animals and Society Institute, and the Detroit Zoological Society on 6/4/13. The bill has not moved out of the House.
This week, a shocking investigation by Michigan Live revealed the state used “half truths” and “falsehoods” to support the delisting of Michigan wolves and authorize the wolf hunting season. This independent report shows that state legislators conspired with Department of Natural Resources officials, farmers, and hunting groups to spread fake stories about Michigan wolves in order to frighten the public into accepting a wolf hunt for the first time in decades.
This deception is unacceptable, and it further proves just how important our referendum is to restoring integrity to Michigan and protections to our wolves. Now more than ever, we need your help gathering signatures so that we can stop the wolf hunt — our wolves, our wildlife, and voters in Michigan are depending on you to right this wrong.
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My name is Michelle Lute; I am a graduate student in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University (MSU). I am interested in capturing the opinions of Michigan citizens 18 years or older about their views on wolf management as part of my PhD research. I am conducting this research throughout Michigan over the next several weeks and will deliver the findings to Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) biologists to help them inform stakeholder engagement with wolf management in Michigan. You are being contacted because of your prior participation in an MDNR survey and indicated that you would be interested in participating in future surveys. Your response is essential to this work and will be heard by decision-makers.
Please follow this link to complete the online survey through the Department of Psychology at MSU: Take The Survey.
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