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If any of you can call today to voice your support, that would be greatly appreciated. There's a lot of information here about how to get in contact and write your representatives..but a very easy way to voice your opinion is to call the number below. It literally takes 30 seconds. You can make a difference today!

Georgia state Rep. Tom Knox introduced "Grace's Law", House Bill 606.
This bill would ban the use of gas chambers and cruel heartstick on dogs and
cats in Georgia public shelters. 15 Georgia counties still use gas chambers
on dogs and cats. THe bill is named after a dog that survived the gas chamber.

It takes about 30 seconds to call 404-656-5115 and voice your support for the bill. Please take the time to do it before March 12 (the day of the vote). As of this morning they have received about 150 calls.

Grace's Law - House Bill 606 - this is a bill that would outlaw the use of gas chambers for euthanasia by Georgia's animal control facilities. The bill is named after a dog who survived the gas chamber. The gas chambers are a cruel and hideous way to perform euthanasia. The myth of these chambers is that the animals just "go to sleep". Quite the opposite - the shrieks and screams of the unfortunates put to death in this way are a testimony to the lie. The chambers are a threat to shelter workers as well. Tennessee outlawed these chambers after a shelter worker died from carbon monoxide poisoning in 2002. Only ONE PERCENT of all shelters in the U.S. still use this method. There are 15 shelters in Georgia that use the gas chambers. Georgia needs to come into the 21st century and MUST stop literally torturing animals to death. Georgia Voters for Animal Welfare needs YOUR help to end the madness. Here is your opportunity to make a difference - just use the attached sheet to contact your legislators and tell them Georgians will not stand for the gas chambers abusing animals any longer. It only takes a minimum of time and effort to be a hero. Will you step up and be a hero today?

Now comes the critical part. Last year, a similar bill died in committee. We only have until March 12 to get the bill out of committee so time is of the essence. Tom McCall is the Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture. His address is:

226 State Capitol,
Georgia 30334
Phone: (404) 656-5115
Fax: (404) 463-4122

Please write or call Rep. McCall to let him know this bill is being watched nationwide and to pass this bill through to the floor for vote. Please also do the same for the Governor as his support is crucial as well. His address: Governor Sonny Perdue, State Capitol, Atlanta Ga. 30334
You can find a copy of the bill at the following link
http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/sum/hb606.htm

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Start today WRITING TO YOUR STATE SENATOR AND YOUR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE. ...and asking your friends, family members and co-workers to do the same.

Please also ask your veterinarian to write to his/her state senator and house representative. ...and to Tom McCall, the Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture. His address is:

226 State Capitol,
Georgia 30334
Phone: (404) 656-5115
Fax: (404) 463-4122

If many of our state lawmakers hear from their veterinarian constituents in favor of this bill, that lends great credence on the bill's necessity.

IT IS SO EASY TO DETERMINE WHO ARE YOUR STATE (not Federal) SENATOR AND HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE!

Go to this website:

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/officials/?lvl=L

Input your zip code, hit "GO." Then, in the blue box, input your full address. Then you'll see, under "Governor and State Legislators," under Sonny Perdue's name, the names of your Senator ("Senate") and your House Representative ("House of Representatives"). That's it, so easy! Don't forget these names!

[Ignore the names on the left under "President and Congress".. those are your Federal lawmakers]. You want State!

Then go to this website to get their contact information, bios, etc.:

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/

Start now! If all 300+ Senators and Representatives hear from their constituents that we want this bill passed, they will vote YES! Remember that most of them have no idea that gas chambers are still (or ever were) operating in Georgia's shelters.
 

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