Does your emergency plan include your pets? If a natural disaster strikes, like a flood or earthquake, or if you had to be evacuated from your home on short notice, do you have all the supplies your pets need, like their food, medicines, crates and carriers? Have you thought about where you might evacuate to if needed? Are all of your pets properly tagged and microchipped and do you have current photos of your pets you can grab quickly? June is National Pet Preparedness Month, and Lori reminds us to do a little planning and stocking up on essential supplies so you are ready at a moment’s notice. Younger listeners may not know just how devastating Hurricane Katrina was to animals in and around New Orleans, and Lori recounts the history of that huge natural disaster. It caused the death of 1800 people and many more pets perished and were lost. One positive thing that came out of Katrina was the Pet Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act (PETS), which makes states accommodate pets in their disaster planning. Before PETS, as in Katrina, many animals had to be left behind and became lost or died. Get started on your disaster planning today!
Then Peter welcomes attorney Mark Momjian to speak about the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT). PACT is federal legislation that will make it easier to prosecute animal abuse or torture offenses. It was introduced by Democrat Congressman Ted Deutch and Republican Congressman Vern Buchanan. Mark also talks about the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, which boasts about 150 members from both parties.
To conclude, Peter shares news items including fun ways to get your doggie fix when you are on vacation, Animal Liberation Front releases thousands of pheasants in a UK undercover operation, a full tuition scholarship program for a graduate degree in Animal Law, co-sponsored by International Society for Animal Rights and Lewis & Clark Law School, sends off it first recipient, and more.