Animal Hope in Legislation
The change we strive to make so animals can live cruelty free…
In addition to the animals we rescue, one of the main goals of the Foundation is legislative change at the Local, State, and Federal level.
While rescue and saving lives is such an important and amazing thing, we realize that the biggest impact to be made is at the legislative level. Changing the law and passing measures that protect animals have the largest impact, affecting communities, as well as entire countries.
Your support helps to make things like our Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition Act and Los Angeles City Fur Ban possible. Our goal is to raise awareness for animal welfare and to put an end to animal exploitation. Together we can all lend our voices to the voiceless to stand up for compassion.
Animal Hope in Legislation is a registered 501(c)4 animal advocacy group that creates public policy to protect our animals and maintain our humanity. We work at the local, state, and federal level to create lasing change by pushing for animal reform and welfare.
Our Current Initiatives
AB 1040: The Dolphin and Whale Protection Act
This bill will ban the breeding and captivity of all whales, dolphins and other cetaceans across the state of California. The passing of this bill would eventually bring an end to using these animals for entertainment while also ending the frustration and loneliness they feel while living in forced captivity rather than free in their natural environment.
Introduced by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi
AB 479: Plant Based School Lunch Option
This bill would make plant based food options accessible to all California students throughout grades k-12 in all public schools and public charters, leaving a lasting change on our environment while promoting animal welfare.
Introduced by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian
AB 44: Fur Products Prohibition Act
This bill would make it unlawful to sell, give or manufacture a new fur product within the state of California. The passing of AB 44 gives opportunity to increase community awareness of animal welfare, mitigate the environmental harm caused by the fur industry, bolster the demand for sustainable and innovative alternatives, and foster a more humane environment in California.
Introduced by Congresswoman Laura Friedman
A success for us…
Is a success for the animals
The Los Angeles City Fur Ban
Los Angeles will become the largest city in the world to ban the sale of fur clothing and accessories. The City Council has voted unanimously in favor of the ban, directing the City Attorney to draft legislation that would make fur sales in the City of L.A. illegal.
Councilmember Bob Blumenfield was moved to introduce the ban after viewing the foundation’s undercover footage of the terrible conditions on fur farms. Several countries have taken steps to end fur farming, and many popular designers such as Versace, Gucci, Burberry, and Coach have all recently stopped using animal fur.
As one of the world’s major fashion centers, this legislative act sends a message that this cruel and unnecessary industry has no place in a city of progressive animal lovers, setting an example for the rest of the country. Los Angeles becomes the largest city to join West Hollywood, Berkley and San Francisco in banning fur.
Join us in this undertaking as we take the ban to other cities and states to work towards putting an end to this inhumane industry.
The Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition Act
As leaders in bringing awareness to the dog meat trade, Animal Hope and Wellness initiated the bill to send the message to other countries that the U.S. will not tolerate this practice. Killing cats and dogs for consumption is legal in 44 U.S. states with only California, Georgia, Hawaii Michigan, New York and Virgina having laws that explicitly ban the practice. H.R. 6720 seeks to close this gap and create a uniform ban across the county.
The bill is sponsored by Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL). Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy called the bill on suspension to the floor where it passed in the house and now awaits passage in the Senate. The language of 6720 has also been incorporated into the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill.
We have lobbied for the bill knowing that the U.S. cannot condemn the practice in other countries if it is still legal within our own borders. Legislators were appalled by footage the foundation presented on the immense cruelty in the trade. While only four percent of bills introduced federally ever pass, Animal Hope and Wellness and Animal Hope in Legislation has lobbied tirelessly to make sure this important measure received bipartisan support and will be passed by the legislature either as a stand alone measure or in the Farm Bill.