Laws for Paws e-Newsletter
FEBRUARY 2019
Animal Welfare Laws Under Attack
in Missouri Legislature
ANIMALS WILL NEED YOUR HELP ONCE AGAIN!
The Legislature wasted no time in their annual assault on animals. Since coming back in Session there have been numerous bills filed to repeal or weaken our state laws protecting animals.  Legislation (HB 204) has already passed out of one legislative Committee that would result in abused animals being left in the hands of their abusers until the criminal trial.  Identical legislation (SB 115) is also pending in the Senate. 

Representative Bryan Spencer, meanwhile, introduced legislation (HB 559) that would prohibit counties and municipalities from banning cruel animal events. HB 559 would also severely restrict regulations on puppy mills, factory farms, and animals used in transportation and exhibitions. It would even eliminate most zoning ordinances on animals.
  
While HB 559 seeks to protect the carriage horse industry,  it has been drafted so as to eliminate all local laws and ordinances protecting animals from abuse and neglect. 
HB 559 Threatens the Welfare of Carriage Horses and ALL animals in Missouri
Legislation has also been introduced that would eliminate the authority of county officials, including county health boards, to regulate large factory farms. SB 391 would rescind all existing protections for farm animals enacted by local officials.

You can be assured that the Alliance is at the Capitol every day fighting to defend our laws protecting animals. We need your support and assistance, however, as we work to defeat these harmful bills.

Please be on the lookout as we will be sending out Action Alerts asking you to contact your state legislators. Find Your State Legislators

We cannot accomplish what we do for the animals without your help and involvement. Your efforts in calling, e-mailing, writing, and visiting your state legislators are invaluable. We look forward to your support once again.

For a list of pertinent animal bills and for more information: Animal Legislation
HURRY - GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Did you know that OPEN YOUR HEART represents a significant source of funding for our legislative work every year? Sure it's a lot of fun, but it's also a really important event for us - and for the animals.

The evening is open to all animal lovers where you can enjoy hors d'oeuvres, spirits, buffet dinner, our "signature" mashed potato bar and gourmet desserts. This year we're excited to offer a number of fun activities for guests including tarot card readings, pet sketching, and our silent and live auctions.

Too young to remember Woodstock the iconic music festival? Or perhaps you went (and maybe still don't remember...) - either way, join US on March 10th at Lucas Park Grille in downtown St. Louis, and we'll show you a cool time you'll never forget!

Formal AND groovy attire are BOTH cool!

Complimentary Valet Parking


SPOTLIGHT ON OUR FRIENDS
Missouri State Humane Association (MoSHA)
Did you know that you can purchase an "I'm Pet Friendly" license plate online, and that your purchase helps funds spay and neuter programs in Missouri? It also communicates the message that you care about animal welfare!

 The "I'm Pet Friendly" license plate program was established through legislation to provide funds for spay neuter programs throughout Missouri and MoSHA was founded to administer this program. Organizations and agencies performing spay neuter services in their communities apply for grants provided by the funds collected from the "I'm Pet Friendly" license plate fees.

Since its founding, MoSHA has contributed approximately $200,000 to spay/neuter programs in Missouri. A significant portion of these funds has been allocated to programs in rural areas with pet overpopulation problems and limited funding for spay and neuter services.

Animal abuse comes in all shapes and sizes but one of the best ways to address the homeless animals and pet-overpopulation issue is to DO something about it.  

To learn more about MoSHA and the "I'm Pet Friendly" license plate, click on the image below:
MARCH
Open Your Heart Gala / St. Louis
Sunday, Mar 10: 5:30pm - 9pm / Lucas Park Grille
For more info  click here
Questions, email:  admin@maal.org

St. Louis Spring Pet Expo / St. Charles (Olympia Athletic Ctr)
Sat/Sun, Mar 23/24:
For more info  click here
To volunteer a shift with us, email:  admin@maal.org
SATURDAY
Shift 1: 10am - 12:00pm
Shift 2: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Shift 3: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

SUNDAY
Shift 1: 10am - 12:00pm
Shift 2: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Shift 3: 2:00pm - 4:00pm


APRIL
Humane Day at the Capitol
Tuesday, Apr 9: 10:00am - 2pm / Capitol Building (Jefferson City)
For more info and to register (free): click here
Questions, email:  admin@maal.org



Visit our website for more events, news, legislation and general info!
HELPING ANIMALS!

If you find yourself in a situation where you question the treatment of an animal, or the conditions, or maybe you're wondering about helping wildlife or assisting in a rescue, or you have witnessed something that needs to be reported - go to our website because chances are you will find a number and/or a link that can help address it.

A Great Way to Support the Alliance
With so many people shopping online these days, you can now support the Alliance each time you make a purchase on Amazon. Click here or on the icon. Once you've identified "Missouri Alliance for Animals" as your charitable organization of choice, a portion of your purchase will be donated by Amazon to the Alliance each time you shop on Amazon! What a great way to contribute!
Schnucks eScrip Card

Another great way to support
the Alliance!
Did you know that every time you shop at Schnucks, they'll donate a percentage of your purchase to the Alliance? It's an awesome way to support the Alliance's mission and it doesn't cost you a thing! We'll even register your eScrip card for you so you don't have to!

Simply email us at admin@maal.org with "Schnucks eScrip" in the Subject line, no message required - and we'll send your registered Schnucks eScrip card to you within 7 days.

Once you receive it, you can start using it (we've already registered it for you!) - put it on your key fob to remind the cashier to scan it at check-out!

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!