Olympia, WA – Animal advocates will gather in Olympia, Washington for Humane Lobby Day on Wednesday January 24, to learn about a handful of bills concerning animal welfare issues and speak to their legislators. Open to the public.
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
210 11th Ave SW
Olympia, WA 98501
Bills to be discussed are:
This bill modifies business and occupation taxation provisions with regard to pet adoption fees. The Federation and PAWS, along with colleagues across the state, have been working with the Department of Revenue to clarify this issue and ensure that adoption fees charged by legitimate shelters and rescues are not part of the B&O tax.
Sponsors: Senators Fain and Palumbo
Specifies that a dog’s breed cannot factor into the determination of whether or not a dog is dangerous or potentially dangerous. Prohibits local jurisdictions from restricting the possession of dogs based on breed.
Sponsors: Senators Palumbo, Fain, and Wilson
To protect horses, this bill prohibits a person from: (1) Slaughtering a horse if the person knows or should know that the meat from the slaughtered animal is intended to be used for human consumption; and (2) Possessing, purchasing, bartering, selling, or transporting horses if the person knows or should know that the horse or its meat will be used for human consumption.
Provides a person with immunity from civil liability for any damage or injury that results from his or her entry into a vehicle for the purpose of rendering assistance to an animal, minor, or vulnerable adult present in the vehicle.
Sponsors: Representatives Peterson, Appleton, McBride, Pike, Stanford, Jinkins, Fey, and Gregerson.
Prohibits a city or county from prohibiting the possession of a dog based upon its breed, imposing requirements specific to possession of a dog based upon its breed, or declaring a dog dangerous or potentially dangerous based upon its breed unless certain conditions are met.
This bill was introduced during the previous session, and to make it more acceptable to city and county interests, this version only has one requirement: if a city or county has dog breed restrictions, it needs to offer a way to exempt dogs that are well behaved (pass a canine behavioral test).
Changes RCW 19.94.540 regarding the requirements for wholesale containers of fifty-five gallons or more of engine coolant or antifreeze to have bittering agents to protect children and pets from accidental ingestion.