Attention Animal People:

The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) is trying to ban Trap-Neuter-Release(TNR) programs for cats and dogs.The PGC is proposing to amend A 137.2 (a wild turkey law) to make the release of captive held wildlife or domestic dogs or cats into the wild unlawful. Part of this legislation states: domestic dogs (canis familiaros) and domestic cats( felis catus)
may not be released into the wild. To read more go to:

http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol33/33-38/1838.html

This amendment threatens wildlife and BANS all TNR programs. People who rescue, spay-neuter and release cats and dogs into safe colonies will risk large fines and possible imprisonment. If a Game Warden finds an individual attempting to trap and release wildlife, or cat or dog, they may also confiscate and KILL the animal!!!!

Once again the PGC has earned it's nickname ---The ANIMAL GESTAPO. It is
IMPERATIVE that animal people come together to protest this outrageous proposed
legislation.

The hearing for this proposed amendment to A 137.2 is scheduled for either October 6th or 7th at the PGC's Harrisburg headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81. The hearings start at 8:30 am each day.
PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND THE HEARING. If there are a minimum of 25 people who want to parrticipate, a bus will be arranged for us. Please contact me ASAP to let me know if you have any interest in attending the hearing. 1-866-6ANIMAL

Also, letters, written testimony, and phone calls/faxes are imperative also. In the meantime, if you know your state legislators, please prepare to contact them right away. If you do not know your state legislators, go to Vote Smart to find out who they are and how to contact them.
http://www.vote-smart.org/index.htm

For more information about the hearing go to:
http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/press/2003/september/nr082-03.asp

Thanks for your support!

This is good information, All.

Please be aware, everyone, that even if you can't attend the hearing (as many of us probably can't), you can write to, fax, email, and call the Pennsylvania Game Commission. If they are inundated with letters, calls, faxes, and emails, they'll know there's a significant public response to this. Generally, the rule of thumb is for every letter, call, or fax they get, they figure 100 other people feel the same way but didn't bother to contact them. This adds up, and our calls alone could represent 2000+ people who would be against this. I'll forward Al's note to the Philadelphia Animal Rights mailing list on Yahoo, to get more people to contact the PGC, and potentially to increase the attendance at the hearing.

Here's the contact info at the PA Game Commission:

Website: http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/

Contact by phone: (717) 787-4250 (call to get their fax number)

Contact by mail:
Pennsylvania Game Commission
2001 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797

Contact by email: pgccomments@state.pa.us

Let's let them know how stupid this change in the law would be!!

Laurie Ulrich
* www.planetlaurie.com
* www.freedomforanimals.org
* www.limehat.com
* www.laurieulrich.com/jasper
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