Laws for Paws e-Newsletter
NOVEMBER 2019
YOUR EFFORTS ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
As a Result of Your Telephone Calls and E-mails to Secretary Perdue, USDA is Now Accepting Comments on its Proposed Rule to Hide Inspection Reports from the Public 

In an effort to protect from public scrutiny those puppy mills that abuse and neglect their animals, USDA is proposing regulations that would prohibit the public from having access to USDA inspection reports.

Shockingly, USDA unlawfully closed the comment period several weeks EARLY in order to prevent animal welfare adv ocates from protesting this proposed rule. 

Due to your telephone calls and emails to Secretary Perdue’s office protesting the premature closure of the comment period, USDA has now re-opened the comment period.

PLEASE CONTACT USDA ONCE AGAIN AND COMMENT IN OPPOSITION TO THE PROPOSED RULE THAT IS INTENDED TO KEEP THE PUBLIC IN THE DARK ABOUT PUPPY MILLS! 
Comment Here  
  • Please explain that public access to inspection reports of puppy mills is critical for oversight of the industry in order to ensure public safety, consumer protection, and the health and welfare of the dogs. 
 
  • Emphasize that USDA’s own field staff has confirmed that public access to inspection reports is a strong deterrent to Animal Welfare Act violations. 
 
  • Inform USDA that this is not a privacy issue. These reports document compliance with the federal Animal Welfare Act at licensed commercial dog breeding establishments and does not invade the privacy of private animal owners. No other commercial industry is exempt from public scrutiny. 
 
  • Request USDA to extend the comment period since it was unlawfully closed for several weeks preventing the public to comment on this rule. 
WILL YOU BE A VOICE FOR THE ANIMALS IN JEFFERSON CITY?   
You can now sponsor a WEEK or even a day of the upcoming Legislative session and be a Voice for the Animals !
The Missouri Legislature will be coming back into session soon and once again the Alliance will be the prominent voice for the animals at our state capitol. Please help us maintain our advocacy efforts on behalf of the animals and consider being a Voice for the Animals for a day or possibly a week! You can choose a day that has special meaning for you or your animals.

The work of the Alliance is needed now more than ever
to protect animals in the state.

Mark Your Calendar!

The Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation is hard at work preparing for our 2020 "Open Your Heart" gala happening on Sunday, March 1st at Lucas Park Grille in downtown St. Louis. This year's gala theme is The Dogfather, a takeoff on the iconic movie with a similar name. This theme highlights our focus on the dogs and our efforts to improve their welfare and to end puppy mill cruelty.

We promise to deliver an offer you can't refuse - helping the animals while enjoying wine and cocktails, fine Italian cuisine and desserts, and our spirited silent and live auctions!

DECEMBER

Great KC Pet Expo / Kansas City
Sat, Dec 7: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sun, Dec 8: 11:00am - 4:00pm
For more info including location, directions click here
To volunteer for any of the following shifts, email admin@maal.org
Saturday
Shift 1: 10am - 1pm / Shift 2: 1pm - 3pm / Shift 3: 3pm -6pm
Sunday
Shift 1: 11am - 1pm / Shift 2: 1pm - 3pm


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!
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