Posts Tagged ‘Texas’

I was mislead about Florida

I have had to make 3 phone calls this morning to my Congressman, both at the Federal and State levels. The more I read about this state the less I like it. I came from Texas where there were no other opinions outside of animals and pets are property and can be used and discarded however they seem fit. I dealt with this ignorance for most of my life and wanted to move to an animal friendly state.

Florida will protect a manatee but could care less about a greyhound. They care more about preserving plants then they do about the wildlife. Tell me why I had the impression before I came that Florida was different than Texas. You can bet you bottom dollar that if the public knew what was going on, tourism would suffer. All nature and animal lovers need to be informed and I plan to make it happen if I dont see some quick progress here.

Florida is just a mirage folks. It is certainly not as friendly as it is made out to be.



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Missouri men plead guilty to federal dog fighting charges

Four defendants in Missouri have pleaded guilty to federal dog fighting charges stemming from the largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history, which happened July 8.

Four eastern Missouri men — Robert Hackman of Foley, Teddy Kiriakidis of Leasburg, Ronald Creach of Leslie and Michael Morgan of Hannibal — pleaded guilty this week in U.S. District Court in St. Louis to charges connected to the raid. Another man arrested in connection with the raid — Jack Ruppel of Eldon — pleaded guilty to charges Sept. 4 in federal court in Jefferson City.

The ASPCA assisted the Humane Society of Missouri and federal and state agencies in conducting the raid, which resulted in the rescue of more than 400 dogs and the arrests of 26 people accused of organizing dog fighting rings. Arrests were made in eight states, including Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Mississippi.

Dogfighting 6.jpgDogs rescued exhibited numerous wounds and scars; one was missing lips; another was missing a leg. Many had internal parasites, ear infections and broken, worn or missing teeth.

“The ASPCA is determined to protect its nation’s pets from dogfighting and other forms of brutality” said ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres. “Animal cruelty cannot be tolerated, and we are pleased that the five Eastern Missouri defendants are taking responsibility for the pain and suffering that they inflicted.”

For Full story use link below!

http://www.missourinet.com/gestalt/go.cfm?objectid=C9736B09-5056-B82A-37980A763DDA7109



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Natural Gas Act: Letter to my Congressman in Florida

We need to take immediate steps to reduce our dependency on foreign oil. Join me in emailing Congress today to let them know you support taking immediate steps to reduce our dependency on foreign oil. I am so tired of having excuses for troops being in the Middle East. If we just pass this energy bill we can solve the crisis now. We can begin to get our country back. We need a few minutes of your time to make a big change for America. Congress will be back in session in 2 weeks.

Secretary of Energy already committed $300 million of stimulus money to build 542 natural gas and propane docking stations across the country. If we have stacks of emails and letters on their desks when they come in we will make history!

While the price per barrel of oil has fallen from the last summer highs, it’s beginning to rise again. What hasn’t changed is the percentage of oil we import every day: over the past 12 months we have continued to import nearly two-thirds of the oil we use. Most of the oil we import is used as a transportation fuel – cars, trucks, aircraft, boats and trains. About one barrel out of every five is used as diesel fuel to power heavy trucks – 18-wheelers.

I am all for developing battery, solar, wind and fuel cell technology – or some other technology which is still in the laboratory stage. But neither batteries nor hydrogen are ready for widespread distribution to our national fleet of approximately 250 million cars and light trucks. A battery also won’t push an 18-wheeler. The only fuel right now which is available to reduce our dependence on foreign oil is domestic natural gas.

Due to recent advances in technology, we now have the ability to recover natural gas from the enormous deposits in Texas, Louisiana and Appalachia in the lower 48 states. In fact, a recent study Potential Gas Committee estimates that natural gas reserves have surged by 35 percent. The 2,074 trillion cubic feet of domestic natural gas reserves cited in the study is the equivalent of nearly 350 billion barrels of oil, about the same as Saudi Arabia’s oil reserves.

Natural gas is cheaper than diesel fuel. Natural gas is cleaner than diesel. It’s abundant. And it’s ours. The time to act is now and the NAT GAS Act is the best tool we’ve had in decades to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

The NAT GAS Act of 2009 is a bi-partisan bill in both the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 1835) and the Senate (S. 1408). In the House, Congressmen Boren (D-OK), Larson (D-CT) and Sullivan (R-OK) introduced it April 1 and it already has nearly 80 bi-partisan cosponsors. In the Senate, Senators Menendez (D-NJ) and Hatch (R-UT) were joined by Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) to introduce it on July 8.

The NAT GAS Act provides industry with the incentives to replace older diesel trucks with newer natural gas vehicles – it’s a great step in the right direction. It will provide the momentum for engine manufacturers, natural gas producers and natural gas distributors to ramp up and make a real difference in our dependence on foreign oil.

I hope you will sign up as a cosponsor to support this important legislation. I will be watching your press and floor remarks for statements of support.


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California’s “Pet Responsibility Act”

I call bs on the groups that say the reason people don’t get their animals fixed is because of costs associated with spay/neuter and fines. I did a study of my own in Texas where I gathered $982 to give people the money to get their pets fixed. I advertised it in the paper, told all my members of the humane society, informed other humane organizations in my town I had this money set aside for this purpose. Not one single person took advantage of my offer in the 14 months I was offering it.

The American Kennel Club is a breeding organization where dollars are the bottom line. Because they are so deep into breeders’ pockets you will never find them stand for dogs, rather the members of the group. Groups that profit from the status quo cannot be trusted and never relied on for any type of truthful dialogue.

I have been doing this far too long to believe any “studies” that they report as it is known that they are notorious for fudging numbers to support the commercialism of breeding.

Yes in the beginning there would be more euthanasia’s as we get the ratio of pets in responsible homes adjusted. I hate seeing any pet die but I understand the need for immediate policy change. The alternative is that we do nothing and let the problem grow bigger.

http://animalblawg.wordpress.com/2009/09/09/californias-pet-responsibility-act/#comment-692


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Contact Information for State Legislatures

To my regular readers: The following contact information is for you to make your voices heard now. You can do the easy way and simply email your Congressman. If you are really angry about something you see give them a call. The effect of a call is so much greater than that of an email. Elected officials want to hear from you so they know what their people want. If you do nothing at all they are rightly led to believe that it is not something they should spend time on. I ask that you print this out and put it on your refrigerator for easy access.

The rights Americans have with the 21st Ammendment should not be something put to waste. Do you know how many places there are where people would love to have the freedom to speak out against injustice.  Please recognize this as something you do for your family and your neighborhoods.

Alabama
Senate: State House, 11 S. Union St., Montgomery, AL 36130, 334-242-7800
House: State House, 11 S. Union St., Montgomery, AL 36130, 334-242-7600
Web site: http://www.legislature.state.al.us

Alaska
Senate: State Capitol, Juneau, AK 99801-1182, 1-800-478-4648
House: State Capitol, Juneau, AK 99801-1182, 1-800-478-4648
Web site: http://www.legis.state.ak.us

Arizona
Senate: Capitol Complex, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007, 602-542-3559
House: Capitol Complex, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007, 602-542-4221
Web site: http://www.azleg.state.az.us

Arkansas
Senate: 320 State Capitol Bldg., Little Rock, AR 72201, 501-682-2902
House: 320 State Capitol Bldg., Little Rock, AR 72201, 501-682-6211
Web site: http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us

California
Senate: State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814, 916-445-4311
Assembly: State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814, 916-445-2323
Web site: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov

Colorado
Senate: State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203, 303-866-2316
House: State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203, 303-866-2904
Web site: http://www.colorado.gov

Connecticut
Senate: Legislative Office Building, Hartford, CT 06106-1591, 860-240-0500
House: Legislative Office Building, Hartford, CT 06106-1591, 860-240-0400
Web site: http://www.cga.ct.gov

Delaware
Senate: Legislative Hall, P.O. Box 1401, Dover, DE 19903, 302-739-4129
House: Legislative Hall, P.O. Box 1401, Dover, DE 19903, 302-739-4087
Web site: http://www.legis.state.de.us

District of Columbia
Council of the District of Columbia, 441 Fourth St., NW, Ste. 716, Washington, DC 20001, 202-724-8000
Web site: http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us

Florida
Senate and House: The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL 32399, 850-488-4371
Web site: http://www.leg.state.fl.us

Georgia
Senate: State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334, 404-656-5040
House: State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334, 404-656-5082
Web site: http://www.state.ga.us/legis

Hawaii
Senate: State Capitol, 415 Beretania St., Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-586-6720
House: State Capitol, 415 Beretania St., Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-587-0478
Web site: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov

Idaho
Senate and House: State Capitol Bldg., P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0081, 208-332-1000
Web site: http://www.legislature.idaho.gov

Illinois
Senate and House: State House, Springfield, IL 62706, 217-782-8223
Web site: http://www.state.il.us/state/legis

Indiana
Senate: State House, Indianapolis, IN 46204, 317-232-9400
House: State House, Indianapolis, IN 46204, 317-232-9600
Web site: http://www.in.gov

Iowa
Senate: State Capitol, Des Moines, IA 50319, 515-281-3371
House: State Capitol, Des Moines, IA 50319, 515-281-3221
Web site: http://www.legis.state.ia.us

Kansas
Senate and House: Statehouse, 300 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66612, 785-296-2149
Web site: http://www.kslegislature.org

Kentucky
Senate and House: State Capitol, Frankfort, KY 40601, 1-800-372-7181
Web site: http://www.lrc.state.ky.us

Louisiana
Senate: State Capitol, Baton Rouge, LA 70804, 225-342-2040
House: State Capitol, Baton Rouge, LA 70804, 225-342-6945
Web site: http://www.legis.state.la.us

Maine
Senate: 3 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0003, (207) 287-1540
House: 2 State House Station, Augusta ME 04333-0002, (207) 287-1400
Web site: janus.state.me.us/legis

Maryland
Senate and House: State House, Annapolis, MD 21401, 1-800-492-7122
Web site: mlis.state.md.us

Massachusetts
Senate: State House, Boston, MA 02133, 617-722-1455
House: State House, Boston, MA 02133, 617-722-2000
Web site: http://www.state.ma.us/legis/legis.htm

Michigan
Senate: State Capitol, P.O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909, 517-373-2400
House: State Capitol, P.O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909, 517-373-0135
Web site: http://www.legislature.mi.gov

Minnesota
Senate: State Capitol, 75 Constitution Ave., St. Paul, MN 55155,
651-296-0504
House: State Capitol, 100 Constitution Ave., St. Paul, MN 55155,
651-296-2146
Web site: http://www.leg.state.mn.us

Mississippi
Senate and House: New Capitol, P.O. Box 1018, Jackson, MS 39215-1018, 601-350-3770
Web site: http://www.ls.state.ms.us

Missouri
Senate: State Capitol, Jefferson City, MO 65101, 573-751-0940
House: State Capitol, Jefferson City, MO 65101, 573-751-3829
Web site: http://www.moga.state.mo.us

Montana
Senate and House: Capitol Station, Helena, MT 59620, 406-444-4801
Web site: http://www.leg.state.mt.us

Nebraska

Senate and House: State Capitol, P.O. Box 94604, Lincoln, NE 68509-4604, 402-471-2271
Web site: http://www.unicam.state.ne.us

Nevada
Senate: 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV 89710, 775-684-6522
Assembly: 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV 89710, 775-684-8533
Web site: http://www.leg.state.nv.us

New Hampshire
Senate: State House, Concord, NH 03301, 603-271-2111
House: State House, Concord, NH 03301, 603-271-3661
Web site: gencourt.state.nh.us

New Jersey
Senate and House: State House Annex, P.O. Box, 068, Trenton, NJ 08625-0068, 609-292-4840
Web site: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us

New Mexico
Senate: State Capitol, Santa Fe, NM 87501, 505-986-4714
House: State Capitol, Santa Fe, NM 87501, 505-986-4751
Web site: legis.state.nm.us/lcs

New York
Senate: Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12247, 518-455-2800
Assembly: Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12247, 518-455-4100
Web site: http://www.assembly.state.ny.us

North Carolina
Senate and House: State Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC 27603-2808,
919-733-7928
Web site: http://www.ncleg.net

North Dakota
Senate: State Capitol, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505-0360,
701-328-3373
House: State Capitol, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505-0360,
701-328-2916
Web site: http://www.state.nd.us/lr

Ohio
Senate: State House, Columbus, OH 43215, 614-466-4900
House: State House, Columbus, OH 43215, 614-466-3357
Web site: ohio.gov

Oklahoma
Senate: State Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105,
405-524-0126
House: State Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105,
405-521-2711
Web site: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us

Oregon
Senate and House: State Capitol, Salem, OR 97310, 503-986-1187
Web site: http://www.leg.state.or.us

Pennsylvania
Senate: Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120, 717-787-5920
House: Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120, 717-787-2372
Web site: http://www.legis.state.pa.us

Rhode Island
Senate and House: State House, Providence, RI 02903, 401-222-6655
Web site: http://www.rilin.state.ri.us

South Carolina
Senate: Gressette Bldg., P.O. Box 142, Columbia, SC 29202, 803-212-6700
House: Blatt Bldg., PO Box 11867, Columbia, SC 29211, 803-734-2010
Web site: http://www.scstatehouse.net

South Dakota
Senate: Capitol Building, Pierre, SD 57501-5070, 605-773-3821
House: Capitol Building, Pierre, SD 57501-5070, 605-773-3851
Web site: legis.state.sd.us

Tennessee
Senate: State Capitol, Nashville, TN 37243, 615-741-2730
House: State Capitol, Nashville, TN 37243, 615-741-2901
Web site: http://www.legislature.state.tn.us

Texas
Senate: State Capitol, P.O. Box 12068, Austin, TX 78711, 512-463-0100
House: State Capitol, P.O. Box 12068, Austin, TX 78711, 512-463-4630
Web site: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us

Utah
Senate: State Capitol, Salt Lake City, UT 84114, 801-538-1035
House: State Capitol, Salt Lake City, UT 84114, 801-538-1029
Web site: http://www.le.state.ut.us

Vermont

Senate: State House, Montpelier, VT 05602, 802-828-2241
House: State House, Montpelier, VT 05602, 802-828-2228
Web site: http://www.leg.state.vt.us

Virginia
Senate: General Assembly Building, P.O. Box 396, Richmond, VA 23218, 804-698-7410
House: State Capitol, P.O. Box 406, Richmond, VA 23218, 804-698-1500
Web site: legis.state.va.us

Washington
Senate: P.O. Box 40482, Olympia, WA 98504-0482, 360-786-7550
House: P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504-0600, 360-786-7750
Web site: http://www.leg.wa.gov

West Virginia
Senate: State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305, 304-357-7800
House: State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305, 304-340-3200
Web site: http://www.legis.state.wv.us

Wisconsin
Senate: P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707-7882, 608-266-2517
House: P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI 53708, 608-266-1501
Web site: http://www.legis.state.wi.us

Wyoming
Senate: State Capitol, Cheyenne, WY 82002, 307-777-7711
House: State Capitol, Cheyenne, WY 82002, 307-777-7852
Web site: legisweb.state.wy.us



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