ALDF Brings Big Opportunity to the Big Easy at the National State Legislative Summit

Posted on August 8, 2008

National State Legislative Summit 2008 logoWhat do you get when you mix thousands of legislators and their staff members from all across the country together with representatives of the Animal Legal Defense Fund? You get an excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face with those who have the ability to strengthen and improve the laws that protect animals. And this is precisely what happened last month in New Orleans, when ALDF attended the National State Legislative Summit.

“Our message centered on the importance of laws aimed at reducing the enormous costs involved in caring for abused animals,” said Stephan Otto, ALDF’s Director of Legislative Affairs. “A single cruelty case can easily cost a community thousands of dollars. However, there are a number of legal provisions being used across the country that can help to mitigate these costs, thereby allowing communities to better care for and rehabilitate abused animals.”  Examples of these type of measures include cost-of-care bonds, which make the offender pay for the continuing costs of caring for the abused animals while the criminal case is in process; bans on owning, possessing or residing with animals following a conviction; and priority scheduling in the court calendar for cases involving rescued animals.

The resources available to community shelters and humane societies are always scarce, and are now under additional strains due to today’s economy. Cost-savings measures are an important element to help ensure that communities across the country can adequately enforce the animal protection laws and provide the necessary care for the victims of these crimes.  This message resounded very positively with the legislators attending the summit and we developed many new avenues for working together to help improve the laws that are so vital in the protection of animals.

To view a copy of the new poster we debuted at this year’s conference, as well as our other legislative posters, click here.