Federal Bills Seek to Protect Military Dogs and Racehorses
May 18, 2012
Our pets play very special roles in our lives, and their importance to us is reflected in our nation’s anti-cruelty laws and other measures enacted for the good of companion animals. But because their roles are so different, working animals (like service dogs) and animals used in entertainment (like racehorses) often are not afforded the same protections as pets. At the ASPCA, we are always working to close this gap.
You can help by urging your Congress members to cosponsor and pass the following federal bills that would extend critical protections to military dogs and racehorses:
Purpose: To classify military working dogs as "canine members of the armed forces" instead of "equipment," establish adoption policies for retired dogs, create a non-profit entity to raise funds for retired dogs' veterinary care, and to establish a formal means to honor dogs killed in action or who show exceptional courage in the line of duty.
Why Now? Saturday, May 19 is Armed Forces Day, and Memorial Day is fast approaching—what better time to recognize all those who selflessly serve our country?
Take Action! aspca.org/militarydogs
Purpose: To prohibit the use of performance-enhancing drugs in horse racing. These drugs enable horses to perform beyond their physical limitations, which has resulted in catastrophic injuries and horrific deaths.
Why Now? We are in the middle of Triple Crown season—at no other time of year is horse racing a hotter topic. Recent media exposés have shed light on how severe the problem of “doping” is in horse racing. Even the trainers of recent Derby-winning horses have histories of drug violations. Both trainers also have horses running in the Preakness on Saturday, May 19. Enough is enough!
Take Action! aspca.org/racehorses
Military working dogs and racehorses deserve to be treated with kindness and respect, both during and after their periods of service. It is up to us to be the voices for the voiceless! Please take action on the pending bills listed above, share the links with friends, and join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade to be sure you always receive the latest news on ASPCA-supported, pro-animal legislation.