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Hello! Welcome to the home page of Kentucky Animal Welfare Alliance (formerly 4kentuckypets), your animal protection connection! We are a statewide coalition of Kentuckians, including shelters, rescue groups, and individuals, working to improve the lives of animals. We usually post the latest animal welfare information on the home page. Below the latest news you'll find information on the listservs we maintain. We are currently taking submissions for for our Education and Additional Resources Page, so contact us if you have anything you'd like to add.

See our New Info in the Education Section on how a bill becomes a law.

Kentucky 2014 Legislative Session Ends!
Some Positive Movement for Animal Protection

The 2014 Kentucky Legislative is over and It was an interesting session with some positive legislative changes for animals. pet Trusts legislation was signed into law (HB 155 was attached to HB 78). Many thanks to Rep. Kelly Flood Rep. Jim Wayne for their sponsorship of this bill! We were able to get HB 222 (sponsored by Rep. Joni Jenkins) – gas chamber ban out of the House – but the senate agriculture committee added a dangerous anti-whistleblower amendment, which also passed the senate. Thanks to your efforts, this amendment was defeated - but at the expense of HB 222.
HB 408 - upgrade to the animal fighting statutes – passed out of the House Judiciary committee. However, several unfriendly floor amendments were added by other House members to the bill . Once again, pressure of from the animal protection community forced the removal of several of these amendments. One amendment, which would make it harder to prosecute animal fighting cases did prevail over vigorous defense offered by Rep. Joni Jenkins and Rep. John Tilley who were the primary sponsors of the bill (a “Yes” vote on the amendment weakened the law). However, because of additional opposition and a lack of time, this bill do not pass. Several other animal protection bills were introduced with support from both sides of the aisle, but did not get receive hearings.

Plans for the 2015 Session

We need to keep the pressure on all legislators to upgrade Kentucky’s dismal animal protection laws! Now that legislators are back at home, please try to meet with them and encourage them to co-sponsor animal friendly legislation. We urge you to check the voting records of your legislators on each the bills and the amendments from last session at www.lrc.ky.gov prior to a meeting. At this point, we will again try for a gas chamber ban and an upgrade to the animal fighting statute. Stay tuned for future development here or at   https://www.facebook.com/KYAWA!

February 24, 2015 - Schedule

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Check in - Capitol Annex, Room 125

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Lobbying tips & bill explanations

10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Networking, legislative meetings

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Lunch – annex cafeteria (basement)

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Press conference and rally – Capitol Rotunda

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Call the Legislative Message Line at 1-800-372-7181

To speak directly to legislators call 1-888-887-0088 or 502-564-8100

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Low-volume list designed to increase communication between animal rescue groups and individuals involved with animal rescue in the Kentucky and surrounding states area. This includes the discussion of animal-friendly legislation. This is a place where we can exchange information and ideas freely, keeping in mind that when we help each other, we help the animals.

Examples of the types of messages allowed and encouraged: conference info, legislative info, information on free stuff for shelters and rescues, grant-related messages, events, information on fundraising, helpful information on general shelter/ rescue operations, etc.


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The KY Animal Rescue & Transport Alliance list is for messages pertaining to animal rescue and transports IN KENTUCKY. It is an extension of the KY Animal Welfare Alliance, which is a low-volume listserv.