Arizona: Please Tell the State Legislature Not to Diminish Farm Animal Protections


The Arizona bill, H.B. 2587/ S.B. 1267, which would have diminished protections for farm animals, has been defeated. Thank you for your help in stopping this bill!


Please Tell Your Arizona Representative Not to Sanction Code of Silence for Farm Animal Abuse - Photo by Marji BeachDear Arizona Humanitarian,

Legislation has been introduced in Arizona that, if passed, will diminish protections for farm animals. The bills, HB 2587 and SB 1267, remove farm animals from the protections offered by the state’s animal cruelty laws. They place farm animals under a separate provision that eliminates the option of charging those who abuse these animals with a felony. Passage of HB 2587/SB 1267 would mean that a person who intentionally tortures or starves poultry or livestock (including horses) would be guilty of, at most, a class 1 misdemeanor. The bills would also prohibit counties and other local governments from enacting ordinances that offer stronger protections than the proposed law. 

Arizona should be increasing animal protections, not diminishing them.

What You Can Do
Please call or write your state senator and representatives today and urge them to oppose HB 2587 and SB 1267. To identify your legislators and their contact information, click here (once you click on the link, enter your address and click "Go" to find your state legislators).

After making your phone call, please take the additional step of sending a follow-up email message to your state legislators.

Also, be sure to share our "Dear Humanitarian" eAlert with family, friends and co-workers, and encourage them to contact their legislators as well. As always, thank you very much for your dedication to protecting animals!


Dena Jones
Farm Animal Program Manager

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Date Posted: 
Monday, February 17, 2014