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Establishing the Rights of Animals in Law and Human Consciousness

Comments by John P. - 24 Jun 2006

To Whom It May Concern:

I did not know who to contact about a problem we have here in Springfield, MO, and upon running across your site, you seem to be the people who can help.

The city council here has been trying to raise money for the animal control dept., and after failed attempts, their final decision was to pass (after more than adequate opposition) legislation against pit bulls in our city. The ordinance requires us to register (for a fee), spay/neuter, microchip, muzzle, and more. No new dogs are allowed in the city and euthanization is the threat for non-compliance. We rallied at the city council meeting (only 2 people approved passing it ), yet it was passed anyway.

We followed all required protocol for petitioning, yet our votes were cast out. Of thousands of signatures only 1,192 were accepted.( only 1,400 were needed) We have exhausted all avenues provided by the city charter, yet we can't even get a public vote, and we would be more than satisfied with that. We're not sure what else to do. Although some pretty extreme measures have been suggested, the consensus is that we would like to resolve this matter without a "fight."

These are members of our family, not the vicious possessions of criminals the press would like everyone to believe, and they're asking, no, telling us to get rid of them, or pay obscene amounts of money to keep them, but never to be able to own one again. Many people are outraged, but we have been ignored. The law goes into effect in October, and that's all the time we have to do something about it. After, that, it's too late. I'm not asking for a miracle, or even for your support, I just don't know where else to go.

Any advice, comments, anything would be helpful to our cause. Please do what you feel is right regarding our issue, as I said before, anything will help at this point. I can be reached at jonwwon@myway.com . Please get back to me. I thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

John P.

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