Think of the animals this holiday season.

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Colorado Voters for Animals has been busy in 2016.  We hosted 4 sessions of the Colorado Legislative Animal Welfare (CLAW) caucus; took positions on five pieces of state legislation and three pieces of federal legislation; scored and surveyed lawmakers to hold them accountable; endorsed dozens of candidates; and beat our own record raising funds to support humane campaigns.

As the only group in the state organized to help get humane candidates elected and show inhumane ones the door we feel an obligation to you, our animal-loving constituency, to work hard and grow our influence.  We're thrilled that 94% of our endorsed candidates won in Colorado but we recognize there is so much more to do.

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Good News and Bad News for Colorado Wildlife

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For wildlife in Colorado, the news is both good and bad.

Let's Elect Wildlife Protectors!

The good news has come largely from Colorado voters demanding protections for wildlife.  Some meaningful wildlife problems have been solved here by ballot initiative, where an issue is placed on the ballot for voters to decide the outcome.  Through this process we have banned snares and leghold traps, which are incredibly cruel; hounding and baiting black bears (think dogs chasing bears up trees, and food or scents being used to lure them in); and hunting bears by any means in the spring and summer when cubs could be orphaned by a hunter taking a sow.  Colorado also has banned the ridiculous practice of owning dangerous wild animals as pets, like big cats, bears, wolves and primates.

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Breed Specific Legislation

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I adopted my pit bull, G, from a rescue. She was in an overwhelmed shelter in a remote area of Illinois, where there were/are a plethora of pit bulls being bred, and not enough homes for them to occupy. The euthanasia rate is unbearable, and yet the dogs just keep on coming. Unfortunately this story isn’t one of a kind, it happens around the country. To make matters more challenging, there are areas where BSL (breed specific legislation) exist, which only makes finding a home for these dogs even harder.

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"Ag-Gag" is Bait and We're Not Falling For It

"Ag-Gag" is Bait and We're Not Falling For It

Through undercover investigations, animal protectionists have revealed extreme cruelty in livestock practices across several years, states, and sectors.

In response, agriculture interests claim that animal protectionists have exploited the cruelty and the animals involved to gain filmed footage with which to raise funds for their organizations and turn the public away from meat eating.

The result of this conflict is a flurry of so-called “ag-gag” bills in state legislatures. These bills, which are initiated by the agriculture groups, are designed to impede the ability of undercover investigators to gather the footage needed to expose animal cruelty as it is taking place.  

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