Urge Iowa Lawmakers to PASS Working Animal Protection Act (WAPA)
HEARING Feb 19 @ 9:30 am in RM 22
Protect Jobs • Protect Traditions • Protect Animal Ownership in Iowa and beyond! SSB 3180 amends the Iowa state agriculture statutes by prohibiting an outright ban by any political subdivision at the local level of any LEGAL business utilizing working animals in education, transportation, exhibition, and entertainment. This legislation DOES NOT take away local control. It simply states that these legal businesses utilizing working animals cannot be banned outright or have regulations imposed that would lead to a ban.
If passed, the Working Animal Protection Act would disallow an outright ban on any legal animal enterprise related to working animals. The purpose and goal of SSB 3180 is to slow down the animal rights extremists' agenda and steamroller by preventing an outright ban of legitimate, legal businesses utilizing working animals for the purpose of ranching, service, education, entertainment, and exhibition and entertainment.
In the past several years, there has been an onslaught of local municipal ordinances banning exotic animal exhibits, elephants, the circus, and carriage businesses in over 55 municipalities across the nation. Click to view the list of enacted bans on exotic animal exhibits, educational animal exhibits, elephant rides, elephant exhibiting, and horse drawn carriages HERE
These local city council and county council bans have been promoted strictly by animal rights groups with their emotional propaganda issuing the false premise that anyone who raises, breeds, or works with animals - especially working animals - is abusing them.
The fact is that those involved with working animals, animal exhibiting, circuses, and carriage horses are licensed, inspected, and regulated businesses practicing time-tested animal husbandry to ensure the health and safety of both people and animals, but these practices have been redefined as "inhumane treatment" of animals by the radical animals rights groups with their emotion-based agenda.
These local bans destroy animal ownership, job opportunities, and revenue that animal exhibitors, carriage companies, and others bring to the state. They also deny families access to animal exhibits or opportunities to view or interact with animals just because a certain group “doesn’t like it.”
Please click the link and send your letters to SUPPORT SSB 3180, The Working Animal Protection Act to protect JOBS, TRADITIONS, and ANIMAL OWNERSHIP.
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