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What you can do to protect animals:
- Learn about animal cruelty. Animal cruelty takes many forms. The one thing it has in common is that it usually happens out of sight from a concerned community – behind fences and closed doors or inside factory farms unseen by the public. Explore the links below to learn about the different forms of animal cruelty and find out how you can make choices that alleviate suffering for all animals.
- Report animal cruelty. If you witness an animal being abused or you suspect that abuse is going on, the most important action you can take is to report the cruelty to your local law enforcement agency. Keep in mind:
- If you witness animal cruelty in progress, call 911. Animal cruelty is a crime. Your call to the police may save animals and people. People who commit crimes against animals are five times more likely to be involved in domestic violence, fighting and drugs. Always get an incident number as this will be very helpful in the future.
- Documentation is essential. Video and photography documentation are the best. Make sure your camera has a time and date stamp on each photo. Only attempt to take photos if you can safely obtain them without trespassing. Illegal trespassing on private property will put your safety at risk, and the photos obtained usually cannot be used as evidence, since the act of obtaining the photos was against the law.
- Record a written log. Document everything you see or hear; conversations, phone calls, complaints, etc. Keep a written log of any incidents with the time and date clearly noted. Keep a record of each time you have contacted authorities asking them to respond. If you have had conversations with the potential abuser, keep notes of this too. If you feel that you or your family are in danger at anytime, call 911 and document everything.
- Be clear, factual and unemotional. If you can talk to neighbors or witnesses to the incident, have them document what they have seen also. Remember, the more detailed the better. Don’t embellish or include your emotion in what you see – be clear and factual. Document the time and date on all of your reports.
- Do not attempt to deal with the crime yourself. The authorities are there to help you, and the sooner they are involved, the better. Pasado’s is here to help as well. Call our cruelty investigator if you need any help with reporting crimes to animal control or law enforcement. 360-793-9393 X 102
- Attend court cases and hearing dates. You can help by attending court hearings, contacting your legislator and making your voive heard. In all cases, we encourage supporters to be courteous and encouraging when interacting with local and state officials.Court dates can change at any moment. Please check this link for up to the moment changes in the schedule: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/
- Elect animal friendly legislators. When voting, do your research and see how they stand with animal protection issues.
- Write to your legislators. Help Pasado’s make changes in our laws for the animals! Suggested writing points when contacting your legislator:
- Start on a positive point when opening communication with your legislator.
- Be specific about your concerns and do not expect that they know about the issue.
- Be clear on what action you would like to see happen.
- Click here to find out who is your legislator : http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx.
- Write to the media. Writing a letter to the editor is a great way to share your opinion while educating a broader audience about animal issues. You can also applaud someone for doing a good thing when backing a certain bill or doing a compassionate act. Suggested writing points when writing a letter to the editor:
- Editors prefer to print letters that have a local connection.
- Submit letters by email whenever possible. The chance that they will be printed promptly if accepted.
- You should wrote the letter concisely, but contain most of the facts. Do not assume the reader knows all the facts.
- Try to keep your letter about the facts. Personal attacks will not get your letter printed.
- Open and close with a strong statement.
If you suspect a dog fight or cockfighting in your area, keep track of times and dates when you see a large number of people entering the building or a larger than usual number of cars parked out front, especially on nights and weekends. Do not attempt to go into one of these events. They are extremely dangerous. If you know that there is a fight taking place, call 911 immediately and ask for a sheriff’s deputy to respond.
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