The Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) is sponsoring a contest for readers to come up with a federal law that would help animals. It's called “There Oughta Be a Law” and I just submitted my entry.
If you'd like to enter, you have until October 5, 2009 to go here and give your idea and why it's important to you.
For those of you who are interested, here is my entry:
My idea for a federal law...
I would propose a federal law that would elevate the legal status of companion animals, from common property like chairs or cars, to sentient beings, with certain rights and protections not offered for inanimate objects.
Why it's important to me...
I believe until our society recognizes the need to care for all God's creatures, there is no growth in our humanity. Giving our loyal companion animals status above inanimate objects will offer more protection for the animals and require greater responsibility from humans.
That's it. The winner will be announced October 25, 2009. The prize will be a trip to Washington D.C. to meet with HSLF officials to lobby on Capitol Hill for their proposed bill.