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Why is DeDe So Excited????

Happy Sunday everybody! DeDe here!

Yard dawg!

I’m happy its spring!

We’re pretty excited around here. The Animal Cruelty Bill that Jen lobbied for passed the House unanimously on April 17th and passed the Senate unanimously April 28th. The bill now awaits Governor Scott’s signature.

The bill states that a person who commits acts of animal cruelty is to be charged with each individual act. So if you abuse more than one animal, or if you abuse an animal repeatedly, you will be charged for each act of animal abuse.

The bill also allows for those charged with animal fighting to be charged as engaging in racketeering activity under the FL RICO act. That means property related to the fights can be seized.

It makes my heart happy to know that at least one state is moving forward in the area of animal welfare, when I see my former state of Tennessee poised to allow ag-gag to become law. 

Most recently, singer Carrie Underwood has called the governor to veto the law. State senator Andy Holt just gave an interview with his local newspaper where he calls her “out in left field” and he tweeted that “I would say that if Carrie Underwood will stick to singing, I’ll stick to lawmaking.”

Andy Holt has consistently voted against animal welfare bills and has even cancelled committee meetings if he knew there were animal welfare advocates sitting in on them.

I have little hope that the governor will veto the bill.

This is why it is so important that each of you do more than SAY you care about animals. It’s is vital that each of us TAKE ACTION to improve animal welfare where you live. Sure, it may mean you have to work side by side with some folks you don’t necessarily agree with. But your failure to do so is, by proxy, supporting those that want to continue to treat animals like property. Do you really think the majority of people in Tennessee agree with this law? I am guessing most of them have no clue what it says.

Have a good week everybody! And take a few minutes to stand up for animals!

About Jen and the Furries

Hello and welcome. I’m a 50 something woman who’s probably awake when she should be sleeping. Oh, and there are animals, because who doesn’t have pets?


53 thoughts on “Why is DeDe So Excited????

  1. Good news, Rumpy and congratulations, Jenn! 🙂

    Posted by gita4elamats | April 28, 2013, 7:24 AM
  2. Hi DeDe! As always, I love your pictures. And I’m right there with you with regarding animal welfare. We’ve gotta keep working on this. P.S. Is that an orange tabby cat I see in the background of your picture on your blog?

    Posted by stellarstanton | April 28, 2013, 7:24 AM
  3. WOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO 🙂 Meow and Woof and Hooray – DeDe – tell Jen something for me ……………. will You sweet heart – that all her hard work is amazing – and one more thing – i know i am here in Canada – and it’s different politics up here – But You know what i stand for – animals 🙂 YOU XXXXXXX so if there is – and i know i have written you about this a million times – june buggie is probably getting sick of me 🙂 lol ……………………….. if i can help with any political stuff from here – let ME KNOW 🙂 ………………………….. Happy Sunday xo Big Hugs from Toronto xo
    C xx

    Posted by Cat Forsley | April 28, 2013, 7:25 AM
  4. That’s just great – thanks to all who are helping to make the world a little bit better for animals :o)

    Posted by easyweimaraner | April 28, 2013, 7:29 AM
  5. We’re proud of our state for passing HB851. We hope other states follow our lead and do the same!

    The Florida Furkids

    Posted by The Florida Furkids | April 28, 2013, 7:49 AM
  6. We really need to remind our politicians that they are public servants, meaning they are in service of the public, not the other way around as they seem to believe! Doing the right thing every day is key, regardless of the immediate results. The Grand Canyon didn’t get carved overnight! xoxoM

    Posted by Margarita | April 28, 2013, 7:50 AM
    • If the only people lobbying them are big businesses, then they assume that’s the will of the people. Since I can’t afford to hire my own lobbyists, I have to do the work myself or support groups that lobby for me.

      Posted by rumpydog | April 28, 2013, 8:03 AM
      • I think we each have to do the work. It may not seem like much, it may not seem enough. Start with signing the petitions, making the phone calls. And, yes, supporting the lobbying groups that align with your beliefs. Politicians did not forget the meaning of public service overnight, they won’t remember it that quickly either. We have to keep reminding them! xoxoM

        Posted by Margarita | April 28, 2013, 8:07 AM
  7. That’s SO AWESOME!!!

    Posted by humanrescuesdog | April 28, 2013, 8:14 AM
  8. That’s wonderful – no wonder DeDe is excited – I am too!!!!!!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

    Posted by onespoiledcat | April 28, 2013, 8:20 AM
  9. How wonderful. This is great news for your state. I love your background btw.

    Posted by dogdaz | April 28, 2013, 8:26 AM
  10. Super news in at least one state!

    Posted by Animalcouriers | April 28, 2013, 8:31 AM
  11. you did good!!!!! 🙂

    Posted by jimmie chew | April 28, 2013, 8:34 AM
  12. I’m glad Florida is voting for it! I hope PA gets there some day.

    Posted by Bernadette | April 28, 2013, 8:52 AM
  13. Congratulations to Jen! Good job. Hugs and nose kisses

    Posted by Chancy and his cats | April 28, 2013, 9:03 AM
  14. Yeah!!! Congratulations…one state at a time.

    Posted by YellowCable | April 28, 2013, 9:09 AM
  15. Hi Dear DeDe! *waving* It’s a great news to hear!!! Bravo Jen!
    She always proves and teaches our humans that humans can change our animal rights!
    Have a lovely Sunday DeDe! 🙂

    Posted by eripanwkevin | April 28, 2013, 9:23 AM
  16. good news indeed…congrats and thanks

    Posted by Sand Spring Chesapeakes | April 28, 2013, 9:32 AM
  17. Woo hoo FL! And boo TN! We do try always to write, email, tweet for animal welfare. But we know we can do more.

    Posted by Savannah's Paw Tracks | April 28, 2013, 9:45 AM
  18. Now, that’s something to bark about ! 🙂

    Posted by Sue at Talking Dogs | April 28, 2013, 10:03 AM
  19. Congratucatulashuns on this doggone great work yur momma did!

    Posted by Guido Basolo | April 28, 2013, 10:13 AM
  20. I would be interested in understand what Carrie’s reasoning was… that seems so odd

    Posted by Tiffany (lifewithblondie) | April 28, 2013, 10:37 AM
  21. Well, OK, Florida did something right but will it be enforced? Good thing we don’t like Carrie Underwood OR the Biebs. Heh heh. My Aunt who volunteers and fosters at a rescue in FL must be very happy.

    Posted by Cathy Keisha (@CathyKeisha) | April 28, 2013, 12:05 PM
  22. DeDe … THAT is Well Worth being EXCITED about, fur SURE.

    Posted by Frankie Furter and Ernie | April 28, 2013, 12:38 PM
  23. This is so beautiful I am excited too now… Congratulations. Thanks and Love, nia

    Posted by niasunset | April 28, 2013, 2:05 PM
  24. Super excited too

    urban hounds

    Posted by urban hounds | April 28, 2013, 3:48 PM
  25. Good job Jen! Let’s hope other states follow your state’s lead.

    Posted by BJ Pup | April 28, 2013, 5:12 PM
  26. That is great news! Well done to Jen for all her hard work 🙂 xx

    Posted by CATachresis | April 28, 2013, 5:42 PM
  27. The bestest news!

    Posted by Pix Under the Oaks | April 28, 2013, 6:37 PM
  28. Way to go!! Grrrrrrrrrrreat news!

    Posted by The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap | April 28, 2013, 7:24 PM
  29. Makes me glad to be a Floridian! Way to go!

    Posted by Linda Arthur Tejera | April 28, 2013, 9:37 PM
  30. Wonderful!
    and Congratulations!
    Take care…

    Posted by LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words | April 28, 2013, 11:28 PM
  31. Wonderful news.I hope one day the world is rid of the cruelty to animals it’s vile and evil and never acceptable.Lovely face DeDe 🙂

    Posted by fozziemum | April 29, 2013, 12:08 AM
  32. Woot!!

    Posted by Marie | April 29, 2013, 7:28 AM
  33. that is such wonderful news…sorry to hear about the ag-gag news though…what a shame some people care so little for the ones who need the most protection

    Posted by Jo Bryant | April 29, 2013, 8:34 AM
  34. Hey, that’s awesome! Congratulations and lots of thanks to Jenn for working so hard to hep us animals!!

    Posted by onebluedog | April 29, 2013, 1:59 PM
  35. Great news DeDe. Thank goodness there are wonderful people like Jen –who do take the time to stand up for animals!!! xo

    Posted by Moxie Reviews™ (@MoxieReviews) | April 29, 2013, 9:31 PM
  36. Wonderful news! It is marvelous when good things happen

    Posted by catfromhell | April 30, 2013, 10:53 PM
  37. Great news!

    Posted by Lee | May 1, 2013, 6:51 PM
  38. Reblogged this on Dog Leader Mysteries and commented:
    Hey, Dog Lovers,
    Please visit Rumpydog to see what great animal welfare protections just got passed in which of the USA states. Always happy to hear good news. Believe me this is good news.

    Posted by dogleadermysteries | May 2, 2013, 1:52 PM
  39. One word: Yay!

    Posted by kathryningrid | May 4, 2013, 5:00 PM
  40. Great news!

    Posted by Anne Schilde | June 1, 2013, 7:01 PM

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