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C2006-05

Dear Christopher Cat

I am a high school teacher, and I want my students to make their voices heard on legislation they care about.

Most of my students like animals, so I will ask them investigate animal-related bills and contact the appropriate people to advocate their positions.

Where can I find out what’s pending at the state and federal levels?

Christopher Responds

What a wonderful project. Your students will learn they have the power to influence legislation, and at the same time, they will improve the lives of us cats and the other four-legged beings with whom they share the Earth.

To get your students started, suggest they go to the Web sites of the Humane Society of the United States (www.hsus.org, click on “Legislation and Laws”) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (www.aspca.org, click on “Lobby.”)

Also, they should check the Web sites of the Doris Day Animal League (www.ddal.org) and the American Humane Association (www.americanhumane.org, click on “Take Action.”)

When your students visit these Web sites, they can research pending animal-related legislation and sign up to receive e-mail notices about future legislation.

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