CHARLOTTE LAWS - DREAM AND ACHIEVE TOGETHER
I believe in being a voice for the animals as well as the people of California and to represent their interests to the best of my ability. All living beings have interests, and those interests should be taken into consideration when making policy decisions.
As the founder of the Director of Animal Welfare (DAW) program, as the DAW for Valley Glen, and as the president of the League for Earth and Animal Protection (LEAP), I am well-acquainted with animal issues.
services departments around the state must foster relationships with the
community and move their shelters in the direction of no-kill. The city of Los
Angeles alone kills between 30,000 – 50,000 animals per year. An aggressive
spay-neuter plan in conjunction with a comprehensive adoption program is the
answer. No-kill strategies have been successful in both urban and rural
communities in America; it is time for the state as a whole to join this
compassionate and progressive trend.
no-kill will spare animal lives, reduce taxpayer costs (as it can cost up to
$250 to house, feed and eventually euthanize a shelter animal), and make
California a nationwide leader in animal welfare.
I support the
Encourage the Governor and legislators to establish an advisory state
Animal Commission with the purpose of helping cities and counties achieve
Ask that all animal services departments within the state have a workable
plan in place with target dates and goals. Public / private partnerships are an
Increase statewide animal adoptions and spay/neuter services. As fewer
animals come into the shelters, the primary purpose of these facilities will be
to reunite lost companion animals with their families.
4) Work to ensure that animal cruelty laws are enforced and those who abuse animals are severely punished. This includes stepping up enforcement of breeding ordinances and supporting animal abuse task forces.
Require real accountability by all animal services departments in the
Establish a mechanism by which the Director of Animal Welfare (DAW)
program can be expanded to the whole of California.
Create an atmosphere in which compassionate shelter workers are rewarded
and animal services departments cooperate with the community.
Support and expand a trap/neuter/release feral cat program throughout
9) Establish a nonprofit to assist the shelters and use fundraising dollars to help the animals.
Push for animal-friendly
Build more dog parks and dog
beaches in the state.
12) Encourage humane education.
Los Angeles Zoo:
I want to see the
Los Angeles elephant exhibit closed and the three L.A. zoo elephants--Ruby, Gita
and Billy—moved to a sanctuary. A 75-page CAO report came back stating that
the taxpayers should fund a $33 million three-acre L.A. exhibit. Not only would
this be disastrous for the elephants, but it would be burdensome for our city
which is currently $268 million in debt.
Los Angeles is going to have a zoo, the animals must be healthy and happy. I
support a more humane zoo with better conditions and treatment for the animals.