How did YOUR U.S. rep and YOUR TWO, U.S. senators vote?
The U.S. House and the U.S. Senate voted to OVERTURN a rule banning “some of the most appalling practices … denning of wolf pups, killing hibernating bears, spotting grizzly bears from aircraft and then shooting them after landing, and trapping grizzly bears and black bears with steel-jawed leghold traps and snares” … This will be on “16 national wildlife refuges covering 76 million acres, all in the state of Alaska.”
“Republican lawmakers did this for the NRA, the Safari Club, and some hunting guides and outfitters.” (Read the details in Humane Society, linked)
I strongly encourage you to call your three, federal legislators to voice your support or opposition to their votes.
“Good morning, Senator Brown. This is (your name), an Ohio voter, calling from (your city and zip code). Thank you for your NO VOTE on SJ Res 18, which overturns important, wildlife protections for wolf pups and hibernating bears. It allows for aerial spotting of bears and steel-jawed, leg traps. I do not support these cruel methods of killing wildlife. I appreciate that you do not either.”
Just click on @SenSherrodBrown below. You will be taken to his Twitter account. Non-Ohio voters can use their own U.S. senators here.
@ Thanks 4 your NO VOTE on SJ Res 18 – No more killing vulnerable, wolf pups & hibernating bears in Alaska #STOPreversingprotections
@ I’m disheartened that you VOTED YES on SJ Res 18 – I oppose killing wolves & bears on Alaskan wildlife refuges
You can find YOUR two U.S. senators and their contact information at the link below. Contact information for Ohio Senators Brown and Portman follow.
https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ (Find all 100 U.S. senators here)
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ (Find all 435 U.S. representatives here)
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (D)
Cleveland (216) 522-7272 Toll Free 1-888-896-OHIO (6446)
Cincinnati (513) 684-1021 Columbus (614) 469-2083
Lorain (440) 242-4100 Washington, DC (202) 224-2315
Ohio Senator Rob Portman (R)
Washington, D.C. (202) 224-3353 Columbus (614) 469-6774
Toll-Free 1-800-205-6446 (OHIO) Cincinnati (513) 684-3265
Cleveland (216) 522-7095 Toledo (419) 259-3895
https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ (Find all 100 U.S. senators here.)
U.S. senators voted largely on party lines 52-48, 2 not voting
Boozman (R-AR) Burr (R-NC) Capito (R-WV)
Cassidy (R-LA) Cochran (R-MS) Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN) Cornyn (R-TX) Cotton (R-AR)
Crapo (R-ID) Cruz (R-TX) Daines (R-MT)
Enzi (R-WY) Ernst (R-IA) Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ) Gardner (R-CO) Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA) Hatch (R-UT) Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND) Inhofe (R-OK) Johnson (R-WI)
Kennedy (R-LA) Lankford (R-OK) Lee (R-UT)
McCain (R-AZ) McConnell (R-KY) Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK) Perdue (R-GA) Portman (R-OH)
Risch (R-ID) Roberts (R-KS) Rounds (R-SD)
Rubio (R-FL) Sasse (R-NE) Scott (R-SC)
Shelby (R-AL) Strange (R-AL) Sullivan (R-AK)
Thune (R-SD) Tillis (R-NC) Toomey (R-PA)
Wicker (R-MS) Young (R-IN)
Booker (D-NJ) Brown (D-OH) Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD) Carper (D-DE) Casey (D-PA)
Coons (D-DE) Cortez Masto (D-NV) Donnelly (D-IN)
Duckworth (D-IL) Durbin (D-IL) Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN) Gillibrand (D-NY) Harris (D-CA)
Hassan (D-NH) Heinrich (D-NM) Heitkamp (D-ND)
Hirono (D-HI) Kaine (D-VA) King (I-ME)
Klobuchar (D-MN) Leahy (D-VT) Manchin (D-WV)
Markey (D-MA) McCaskill (D-MO) Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR) Murphy (D-CT) Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL) Peters (D-MI) Reed (D-RI)
Sanders (I-VT) Schatz (D-HI) Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH) Stabenow (D-MI) Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-NM) Van Hollen (D-MD) Warner (D-VA)
Warren (D-MA) Whitehouse (D-RI) Wyden (D-OR)
Ohio: Brown (D-OH), Nay Portman (R-OH), Yea
Ohio U.S. representatives
Please check below to see how YOUR U.S. Rep voted today on HJ 69, (renamed SJ Res 18 in the U.S. Senate). Then, call him either to thank him for his vote or to respectfully tell him his vote does not represent your views and why.
Ohio U.S. reps voted strictly on party lines.
Steve Chabot (R) YES (513) 684-2723
Warren Davidson (R) YES (513) 779-5400
Bob Gibbs (R) YES (419) 207-0650
Jim Jordan (R) YES (419) 999-6455
Bill Johnson (R) YES (740)-376-0868
David Joyce (R) YES (440) 352-3939
Bob Latta (R) YES (419) 354-8700
Jim Renacci (R) YES (330) 336-3001
Steve Stivers (R) YES (614) 771-4968
Pat Tiberi (R) YES (614) 895-0900
Mike Turner (R) YES (937) 225-2843
Brad Wenstrup (R) YES (513) 474-7777
Joyce Beatty (D) NO (202) 225-4324
Marcia Fudge (D) NO (216) 522-4900
Marcy Kaptur (D) NO (216) 767-5933
Tim Ryan (D) NO (330) 630-7311
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll098.xml (Check non-Ohio US reps’ votes here)
Winter is bearing down hard. Please check on your elderly and handicapped neighbors, who live alone, as well as animals who may be abandoned. Make sure that they are safe and warm.
Cincinnati has an ordinance in place for outside dogs. The dogs may not be endlessly tethered between 10 PM and 6 AM, when the temperatures fall below 20 degrees, when there is an extreme weather advisory, and when no one is home.
The ordinance is enforced, because of the generosity of our Cincinnati Police Department. Please call a non-emergency number to politely report an animal in distress.
Kindly thank the Cincinnati police officers, who work under very stressful conditions to protect us and the animals we love!
Read the tethering ordinance at the link below.
Want to see chained dogs get some relief?
Is it legal in your community to abandon dogs to the backyard in both plummeting, winter temperatures and sweltering, summer heat?
Why not step up to see a tethering ordinance passed in your city?
Two, huge paws up!
Two, huge paws up to the many, proactive, Ohio communities that have already passed common sense legislation! Tethering ordinances exist in more than thirty-six, Ohio jurisdictions and more than twenty states.
Most of the Ohio ordinances are based on the Cleveland ordinance, linked here.
Three jurisdictions in Hamilton County, where I live, have tethering laws. The Cincinnati, tethering ordinance is enforced by the Cincinnati Police Department.
Columbia and Anderson Townships both have tethering resolutions, enforced by the Hamilton County Sheriff.
IMPORTANT – The SPCA Cincinnati does not enforce the tethering laws. SPCA enforces state law. There is no mention of “tethering” in Ohio law. So, do not call the SPCA about a chained or tethered dog.
Common, tethering ordinances do not allow the animal to be tied outside in extreme weather, between 10 PM – 6 AM, and when the owner is not home.
Please note that Ohio counties cannot pass a tethering ordinance. Each jurisdiction within the county must pass the ordinance on its own.
Promoting Public Safety
Tethering ordinances are good for both our animals and our communities. They are common sense requirements for the endlessly tethered dogs, who lead lives of frustration, loneliness, and boredom. Tying the animals without relief encourages the dogs to be defensive of their small territory.
The ordinances also promote safeguards for people, particularly children, who may wander into the dog’s area and encounter a dog poised to defend his small space. CDC reports that a tethered dog is 3 times more likely to bite. Children under 12 are 5 times more likely to be bitten by a dog.
Animal cruelty is powerfully connected to interpersonal violence and some, untreated, mental illness. The animal abuse and extreme neglect can be a red flag that others in the area (children, elders, partners) are also in danger.
Contributing to Quality of Life
Tethered dogs are often the source of community nuisance. They bark, howl, and whine continuously in their neighborhoods. Needless tension and ongoing conflicts arise among neighbors over those annoying cries at all hours.
Yards and city lots with scruffy dogs tied to a stake, that often use old, worn out cars or rusted barrels as their shelter, are unsightly. They add to urban blight.
Encouraging Humane Treatment of Animals
Dogs suffer physically and psychologically. Endlessly tethering a dog out back, with no social interaction, with no relief from habitual pacing in a small area, with no protection from extreme weather – is unconscionable.
Dogs on tethers can be injured or killed. They get tangled around a tree, a pole, or a bush. They can hang themselves on a fence. Their collars can become too tight or embedded in their necks.
Our laws should reflect our community values. Cincinnati, where I live, is a place where people care about their next-door neighbors – human and canine – and their fifty-two neighborhoods. They want to live in healthy, vibrant, and top-notch communities, where families and their animals are safe, respected, and well-treated.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Copy the Cleveland and Columbus ordinances, linked above. Read and share them with friends, who will go with you to talk to your mayor or trustee.
Call you mayor or trustee to make an appointment to talk to him about how a tethering ordinance can be passed where YOU live.
E-mail him links to the Cleveland and Columbus ordinances so he will have sample legislation to work from.
Don’t be nervous about talking to your mayor. He will not expect you to be an animal law attorney. He knows just what to do to get such an ordinance passed. Once he agrees that a tethering ordinance is a good idea, he will carry it forward for you.
Need help? PM me, Beth Sheehan, or J.D. Cooke on FB.
Check out Jason’s FB page, Unchain Ohio, at the link.
Let’s unchain outside dogs!
Does it matter to you that some dogs are outside year round without the protection of a decent shelter during extreme temperatures and in hazardous weather? These animals may also be tied to a tree or chained to a stake. Here is the shocking story, written by a compassionate friend, of one Cincinnati dog, Grace, and her pups.
“In the winter of 2010 we rescued a female dog and her 8 week old pup from a residence in Cincinnati, Ohio. ‘Grace’ had lived her entire life tied to a tree with absolutely no shelter from the frigid winter or blazing heat of the summers and with very little food. The winter she was rescued, she had had six puppies and five of those puppies died from exposure, frozen solid to the ground, before anyone got involved. Grace somehow managed to keep one puppy alive. We named him Willy. When we rescued Grace and Willy they were sick and totally emaciated. They would not have survived another night in the frigid winter weather. It is hard to imagine what life was like for Grace, and even harder to imagine how she survived giving birth while tied to a tree in the freezing cold of winter with no shelter.”
Have you got five minutes at home each week to give to help outside dogs? Then, please join Paws and the Law today. PM Beth Sheehan to get started.
Ohio can and should do better!
Breed Discriminatory Legislation (BDL) targets the wrong end of the leash! Often BDL is quickly enacted in a response to a horrendous, high profile, dog attack. In a rush to to make communities feel safe from vicious, sometimes fatal, dog attacks, many animal ordinances have targeted specific breeds (pit bulls, Rottweilers, Doberman pinschers) as the problem. A designation of “dangerous” or “vicious” has serious, legal consequences on both the dog and his owners. Owners of these breeds have a long, costly checklist to follow if they want to keep their animals.
BDL does not make all dog owners responsible. It puts undue obligations and financial burdens only on dog owners of specific breeds. Yet, all dog owners must bear the responsibility of training, leashing, and confining their dogs.
BDL does not reduce dog bites. It has proven to be ineffective both in this country and in Europe. Spain, Italy, Great Britain, and the Netherlands all reported that after years of living with BSL, there were neither reduced dog bites nor improved community safety.
It is costly to enforce BDL. Shelter costs may rise as owners, unable to comply with the legal and the financial obligations of having a “dangerous dog”, abandon their pets at the shelter. Additionally, adoptable dogs of targeted breeds would not be able to be adopted out. They would be euthanized. Prince George, Maryland attests to spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for fifteen years to enforce BDL. They report no increase to safety during that time.
In 2012 The Toledo Blade paid for DNA testing on six dogs, declared pit bulls by the county dog warden. Test results showed that three of the six dogs were not pit bulls at all. Two dogs contained a small percent of the breeds. The sixth dog had more than half of the pit bull breeds. How many dogs were needlessly euthanized because of their blocky heads, short fur, and stocky bodies?
The BDL may not stand up to legal challenges. The ASPCA says that, when asked to identify the breeds of stray, mixed breed dogs, professionals (dog wardens, shelter staff) are correct less than 25% of the time when compared with DNA testing on the same dogs. Knowing that, pet owners now can simply pay for a DNA test to challenge an incorrect identification of the breed of their dog. BDL may also involve taking of property without due process.
There are inconsistencies between federal and local law. The Department of Justice allows ALL BREEDS to be used as service dogs. How can a local jurisdiction, that supports BSL, be in conflict with a federal law, which is “breed neutral”? Many dogs listed on “the forbidden” list, including American Staffordshire Terriers, Rottweilers, and German Shepherds, are also used as therapy dogs, search and rescue dogs, police / military working dogs, and service dogs for the disabled.
On the other hand, many well-respected, national organizations support “breed neutral” legislation: The White House, The American Bar Association (ABA),The Center for Disease Control (CDC), The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and a host more.
A study published by the Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances (2009) found that the owner’s behavior has a direct impact on the dog’s personality and behavior. The time that the owner spends caring for and training a dog is inversely related to the dog’s aggression.
Ohio is one of 20 states that have banned BDL. BDL is costly. Its restrictions are difficult to enforce. No one is any safer because he lives in a BDL jurisdiction. Good dogs can be taken away from loving homes simply because of the shape of their heads. Some families, deeply upset by BDL, move away from the BDL jurisdiction and into an area that allows blocky-headed dogs. Other families live in fear that, one day, there will be an unexpected knock on the door and their animals, that have done nothing wrong, will be seized.
Ohio, let’s support reasonable, research-based, “breed neutral” legislation that will put the responsibility for the dog’s behavior on the dog owners and safeguard our communities against vicious, dog attacks.