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Animal Welfare Issues on Legislative Agenda

By Kay Joubert

We all know that creating change, especially on a state level, is a long, complex challenge. Fortunately for the animals and those who want to create more humane communities, there is a network of professional animal welfare agencies leading this effort.

The Washington Federation of Animal Care and Control Agencies (www.wafederation.org) — referred to as the Federation — works collaboratively with legislators, animal control officers and national animal-focused agencies, as well as prosecutors, county auditors and the Animal Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association to review and create new laws that focus on the animals.

The 2017 legislative session started on January 10, and prior to...

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