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PAR Membership Meeting
December 15th, 10:15am
Central Library, Room 312

We will be holding our end of year monthly meeting on Saturday, November 5th at the Central Library. The library is located at 14 West 10th (at 10th and Baltimore), and the phone number is (816) 701-3434. Weekend parking is free.

At this meeting, we'll be finalizing plans for year-end events, and holding our annual election for board members/officers. Special guest will be Jane Richardson from Motorhome Freedom who will be talking about 'pet friendly' attitudes in the travel business in Europe.

Our meetings are free and open to the public. If you have a desire to help animals, we'd love for you to join us!

Pet Protection Amendment Passes in the Senate

On Tuesday, September 22nd, 2005, Senator Daniel Akaka introduced an important amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations Bill that will help protect our nation's companion animals. We are happy to announce that this amendment passed in the Senate and will now be included in the Agriculture Appropriations Bill as it heads into conference hearings.

Amendment 1729, called the Pet Protection Amendment, prohibits federal funds from being provided to a research facility that purchases animals from Class B dealers. Class B animal dealers collect dogs and cats from "random sources" and routinely violate the Animal Welfare Act.

In his speech on the floor of the Senate, Senator Akaka said, "Class B-acquired animals have not had standardized care, nor is there any certainty of the history of the animals. These circumstances make them unsuitable as research subjects in any case, since they cannot be used as control cases or experimental animals." Often these Class B "random source" animals are obtained from free-to-good home ads or stolen from backyards, cars and sidewalks.

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