Delaware Votes for Animals
ISSUES and LEGISLATION

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Current Issues in Delaware

   Find your State Senator using our Delaware Senate Contact Sheet.
   Find your State Representative using our Delaware House of Representatives Contact Sheet.

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   2015 Animal Welfare Bills

The 148th General Assembly is already making strides to pass new protections for animals in Delaware by introducing two animal welfare bills within weeks of returning to Legislative Hall. 

SB22: Would prohibit leaving an animal confined in vehicle, unattended, when the weather is too hot or too cold for the animal to be safe

View full Senate Bill No. 22.

Summary of SB 22: Senate Bill 22 would prohibit leaving an animal confined in a vehicle, unattended, when the weather is too hot or too cold for the animal to be safe. Senator Karen Peterson (D-Stanton) has been passionate about this issue for a long time – ever since she personally rescued an animal that was suffering in a very hot car. Two DVFA Board members met with Senator Peterson in early January to express a desire to see this bill passed in 2015. Fortunately, many legislators are also interested in co-sponsoring this bill that will allow first responders to use reasonable force to remove an animal confined in a motor vehicle under conditions likely to cause suffering, injury or death. The bill provides for issuance of a fine in an amount no higher than $1000 for a first offense.

NEXT STEPS: Committee hearings on this bill should be scheduled for the middle of March.  Please email or call your state legislator to ask them to support this bill.  Use the link http://votesmart.org/  to use your address to find out who represents you.  DVFA will also send out an email alert prior to the committee hearing.


SB29: Add cats to the list of domestic animals that are protected under the dangerous dog law.

View Senate Bill No. 29
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Summary of SB 29:  Senate Bill 29 restores language to the Delaware Code that was inadvertently repealed in 2010. The bill will once again add cats to the list of domestic animals that are protected under the dangerous dog law. If passed, a dog that viciously attacks a cat on the owner’s property or under the control of his/her owner will be evaluated according to dangerous dog provisions.  This bill has also been sponsored by Senator Karen Peterson. 

NEXT STEPS: Committee hearings on this bill should be scheduled for the middle of March.  Please email or call your state legislator to ask them to support this bill.  Use the link http://votesmart.org/  to use your address to find out who represents you.  DVFA will also send out an email alert prior to the committee hearing.

Federal Legislation

No issues pending. Please check back.

  Contact information for U.S. Congressmen for Delaware:

Senator Tom Carper  Phone: (202) 224-2441 
Senator Chris Coons  Phone: (202) 224-5042 
Representative John Carney   Phone: (202) 225-4165


General Information on Delaware Legislation

As animal-related bills are introduced in Delaware, they will be posted to the HSUS state web site.
To read a short synopsis of each bill, or to view the entire bill, please click here.

To follow Legislation in the Delaware General Assembly, including Meeting Schedules and Bill-Tracking, visit the State of Delaware Official web site.

General Information on Federal Legislation

A number of bills to protect animals at the federal level are being considered.
To read a short synopsis of each bill, or to view the entire bill, please click here.

For in-depth analysis and the latest status on various bills, go to Animal Law Coalition.

 
   

 
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