Stronger Laws Can Mean Better Lives for Animals

By Stephanie Larsen

From pet-helpful beach locations, to motels, parks, and the dozens of dining establishments that generally have a new bowl of drinking water completely ready for your pup, it is no surprise that Charleston arrives up as one of America’s most puppy-friendly metropolitan areas. We Charlestonians are pet dog lovers, there is no denying that.

But there is one space exactly where we fall shorter, and it is most likely in the most impactful way.

Tougher ANIMAL Protection Regulations Needed

South Carolina ranks 44th out of 50 for worst states for Animal Security Laws, in accordance to a 2021 report from the Animal Legal Protection Fund. Not long ago however, quite a few counties in South Carolina have updated their animal welfare legislation and Charleston County wants to do the same.

In Charleston County, it is authorized to tie a pet dog to a tree for its entire lifetime. Drive about the county and you will see pet dogs tied with weighty logging chains to deserted porches or stay under decks or abandoned automobiles. Though you may well want to connect with animal management, their hands are tied because no regulation is getting broken.

Whilst there is a point out definition for “shelter,” it’s not specific. This sales opportunities to animals being sheltered working with inadequate or unsafe implies. Some counties have produced the definition much better and much more common sense. It’s time for Charleston County do the exact same.

This is why the Charleston Animal Legislative Action League was developed. Our mission is to educate our community on the deficiency of animal welfare legal guidelines, and to influence our neighborhood politicians to pass much better ordinances. The canines in our neighborhood never have a voice and we know it is up to us and our community customers to advocate for them.

Having Motion

The 1st ordinance we hope to move is an current “humane tethering” ordinance. Pet dogs that are tethered their whole life normally build extreme actions complications from lengthy-term confinement and absence of socialization or training. Unfortunately, the victims of tethered pet attacks are most generally neighborhood young children who technique the pet dog unaware of the threats.

We also know that just due to the fact a doggy is tethered its full lifetime does not indicate the entrepreneurs really do not care. Our target is not just to update our legislation, but to also collaborate with our neighborhood means to get the job done with pet dog entrepreneurs to improve their existing circumstances. To start with by educating our community associates on the negative effects of tethering, and next by delivering them with the vital assets these as having them into neighborhood applications like Charleston Animal Society’s Pets for Lifestyle software. 

Our 2nd objective is to get an current definition of what Standard Treatment constitutes. We want the legislation to plainly point out what is appropriate shelter, and what is not. For example, a picnic desk or an deserted auto simply cannot rely as a dog’s shelter its entire life. If a pet is heading to devote its full lifestyle in an enclosure, it ought to have ample house to turn close to and stand with out hitting its head on the roof.

 OTHER Challenges ON THE RADAR

Even though these are our present-day concentrate, we also approach to get down pup mills and enact more powerful penalties for animal cruelty. 

By passing these current ordinances, our regulation enforcement can acquire motion and have a apparent legislation to stand guiding in courtroom. Regretably, when you contact animal command nowadays, even if they never agree with what they see, for the reason that there are such constrained legal guidelines about animal welfare, they lawfully can not do nearly anything.

We’ve used the previous six months speaking to and discovering from other counties in South Carolina, and during the US, who have successfully handed much better animal welfare legal guidelines. We’ve had pretty effective meetings with Charleston County Animal Command and the President and CEO of the Charleston Animal Society, as we keep on to get this vital concept out to our group.

Our goal is to present our very first two up-to-date ordinances in the hopes of obtaining them handed in late 2022.

More than 5000 counties and towns in the United States have enacted stronger animal welfare rules and we think that it is time for Charleston to the moment and for all reflect its title of staying recognised as just one of the most “dog helpful metropolitan areas.”

If you’d like to guidance us, you should abide by our Facebook web page at Charleston Animal Legislative Motion League, or stop by our web-site at www.alal.info.

Stephanie Larsen is a founding member of the Charleston Animal Legislative Motion League.