May 15, 2019
Paws Down! To the Florida Commerce Committee for allowing HB 379 to die that would have given veterinarians the right to report suspected animal abuse.
The legislative process is a prolonged one, especially when it comes to passing laws that would better protect the well-being of animals. When veterinarians, who choose to devote their lives to help heal animals, suspect abuse has occurred, sadly, in some states, their hands are tied to report it. Florida Representative Sam Killebrew (R-District 41) wanted to change that by sponsoring HB 379. This bill would have given veterinarians the right to report suspected abuse without notifying the owner. Unfortunately, the bill died on May 3, 2019.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the following states have mandatory reporting laws: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
Take Action: Floridians, contact your representative to show your support that similar bills should be passed to help veterinarians report animal abuse to create a safer world for animals.