“Increasing Pet Limits in the City of Los Angles”
On September 16 and September 22 2010 the Department of Animal Services will be hosting two Town Hall meetings to hear from the community about increasing pet limits in the City of Los Angles
ADL-LA The Animal Defense League (ADL-LA) is a militant, grassroots, animal rights organization with chapters throughout the U.S. and abroad. Similar to other civil and social reform movements, ADL-LA works through public education, Animal Defense League- get involved legislation, vocal demonstration, civil disobedience and direct action to inform the public about animal exploitation and abuse. The members of ADL have spent time and resources to educate themselves about the deplorable state of animal nations in our country and the world. A major philosophical belief of the Animal Defense League is to lead by example.The Animal Defense League is an above-ground animal rights group, but fully supports the great work done by the underground Animal Liberation Front (ALF) in freeing animals who are being tortured, exposing animal abuse and reducing the economic viability of animal abuse industries.
ADL-LA has received dozens of replies regarding Monday’s post about the two upcoming Town Meetings. General Manager of LAAS Brenda Barnette is holding regarding proposal 10-0982 to increase the pet limits in Los Angeles City from three to five.( 5 cats and 5 dogs)
PROPOSAL 10-0982 TO INCREASE PET LIMIT TO 10–Sent for Inclusion in Council File
The proposed legislation would increase the three dog and cat limit to five each.
ADL-LA would like to send out these suggestions to those adults, teens and children who are going to speak out for the animals at the two Town Hall Meetings.
For info on Town Hall Meetings click here:
Below is one of the dozens of questions that we received and two versions of a response we have sent back to them.
A year ago I took in a lost dog from the street with no license, name tag or chip. She’s a Chihuahua mix and one week after I took her in she delivered five puppies. I work part time, have a nice sized backyard and wanted to keep the family intact. I’ve since had them all spayed/neutered and have licensed three of them but I’m afraid to license the others because I’m over the city limit of three dogs. I want to come and speak at the Town Hall Meeting but I get nervous and I wouldn’t know what to say. Please give me some suggestions of what I could write down for myself on a piece of paper so I could read from it and appear as the professional and progressive animal care giver that I am.”
ADL-LA’s Response to Mary:
First off Mary, you can choose to use a nickname instead of your first name! According to the press release, the ONLY thing you have to give is your FIRST name, but if you want extra privacy why not use your nickname; we prefer Hazel, Marge, Maybel or whatever fits your personality best; then say that you live in the City of Los Angeles and segway right into the below:
Here are suggested ideas of what you could say; GO GET ‘UM!
First of all, let me thank our new General Manager Brenda Barnette for allowing us this time to come and speak out for something that has long, long been overdue; increasing pet limits in the city of Los Angeles. I would also like to thank Councilmember Rosendahl and Councilmember Koretz for authoring and seconding proposal 10-0982 of increasing dogs and cats in the city of LA from three to five. I fully support their proposal, but I would even go farther and suggest that the proposal be amended to the one being used successfully in San Diego City and San Diego County. Both cities are similar in number of residents and demographics.Their animal limit ordinance allows for a NO cat limit and a limit of six dogs. The city and county of San Diego has a lower euthanasia rate than Los Angeles, and no particular issues with hoarding. The ordinance has been very successful and I don’t see why Los Angeles can’t be as progressive as San Diego in regards to animal limits. I therefore submit on modifying proposal 10-0982 to read like the San Diego City/County ordinance,-six dogs and no limits on cats. Thank You
ADL-LA’s Version of What We Would Say
First we’d like to thank the new General Manager Brenda Barnette for calling these two Town Hall Meetings; no LAAS GM since Dan Knapp ever had enough mental neurons to have it occur to them to call meetings soliciting input from the public. Ms. Barnette is speaking out wherever and whenever she can. For instance, she did a spot on FOX news about the need for Spay/Neuter and the veterinarians involved and how important they are to fix our animals. She and Mayor Villaraigosa are speaking out this Saturday against Puppy Mills for Puppy Mill Awareness Day.
Brenda Barnette has done other important things in her first month as GM to promote humane, progressive and compassionate shelter management methods,ADL-LA gives her credit for getting off to a very good start.
We’d also like to thank Jim Bickhart for a professionally done search for a new General Manager and of course the Mayor himself for having the understanding, insight and discernment that the LA shelter system must have a progressive, humane and compassionate leader such as Brenda Barnette to get our six city ‘Death Camps’ out of the dark ages and into the light of a new progressive 21st Century.
BUT. . . . with all the above said, we simply don’t understand how the city council (who are PAID BY OUR TAX DOLLARS) can restrict Angelinos to any number of companion animals that we choose to share our households with.
And how did Rosendahl come up with this “magic” number of FIVE? Is that a lucky number for Rosendahl? Obviously Rosendahl’s liaison to the Department of Los Angeles Animal Services (LAAS) didn’t do any research on other cities in the United States or even in California as to who had the most progressive and successful animal limit ordinances. (A note to Rosendahl and the other good councilmembers listed above, before you try to “reinvent the wheel” maybe you should contact Ed Muzika Ph.D, No Kill Advocacy Center or even the new GM herself to inquire as to what cities have the most progressive, humane ordinances regarding that particular animal issue!) Then use that as their template! What is each councilmember’s liaison to LAAS being paid to do, sit on their freakin’ hands? So now that Dr. Muzika gave Rosendahl’s office a policy in a comparable city to ours, we request proposal 10-0982 be amended to reflect San Diego City and County’s successful ordinance and be done with it!
Does Los Angeles really want to be known as a city that isn’t even as progressive as San Diego, Santa Monica or Norcal? HOW EMBARASSING! There are many successful, progressive ordinances, programs, policies and protocols being used in other city’s which makes Los Angeles look like we’re not only failing as being leaders in humane progressive animal sheltering, we’re NOT EVEN IN THE PROCESSION!!!
Let’s begin to look at these other “progressive cities” and use their animal ordinances, programs, protocols and creative advertising techniques as templates for Los Angeles in order to get our city’s ANIMAL DEATH CAMPS out of the dark ages.
SAY IT LOUD!
SAY IT PROUD!
FOR THE ANIMALS’ WILL PREVAIL!
WITH A UNTITED AND INVOLVED HUMANE COMMUNITY,
WE CANNOT FAIL!
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Well, i think that was said kind of loud and clear
What do you think, if you have an opinion, go to the meetings and speak out loud
Bye for today