last revised 17 May 2006
2. Laws need to be created that protect those who work to save animals and for animal owners. We need the same political power as realtors and land owners who oppose our efforts to protect animals.
3. We need to elect lawmakers and judges that will speak out on our behalf, pass laws and enforce laws that make our efforts to protect animals easier, not harder.
A history of ALAN -- please see our Fall 2004 Newsletter, pages 5 and 6
ALAN has been working for 7 years in Sacramento and Los Angeles fighting political battles on behalf of animals. Here are some of our victories*
1. 1994-We fought to make the Animal Control Commission a B Commission like the Police Commission. This created civilian control of the Department of Animal services which formerly was controlled by a sadistic general manager, Robert Rush.
2. 1995-ALAN fought successfully to stop the California Department of Fish and Game from re-instituting trapping and killing of red foxes.
3. 1996- ALAN lobbied for and testified on behalf of the Vincent Bill . And helped pressure Governor Wilson to sign it. This bill became law and required all shelters in California to spay or neuter animals before they were adopted.
4. 1997- ALAN sponsored the Hayden Shelter Animal Protection Bill. We shepherded it through the legislative process and it was signed into law. This was the most significant piece of legislation on behalf of abandoned animals since the shelter system was created.
5. 1998- ALAN was part of the successful fight to remove Gary Olsen as General Manager when it became apparent that his policies were no different than his predecessor (sp?) Robert Rush. This led the way for the appointment of Dan Knapp as general manager during the Animal Services Department "spring of sanity", when for the first time a General Manager made ending euthanasia in Los Angeles his top priority.
6. 1999 ALAN has successfully defended the Hayden Bill against shelter directors attempts to repeal it. We have instead expanded it, making owner relinquished animals available for adoption the day they are relinquished.
7. 2001-The defeat of Antonio Villaraigosa ( a friend of the animals), in the last Mayoral race set up the firing of Dan Knapp by the current mayor, and enemy of the animals, James Hahn. The current General Manager Jerry Greenwalt, a Hahn appointment has been fired by Dan Knapp for incompetence. Time has proved his firing was justified and the mayor our number one target for elimination if our shelter system is to become more progressive.
8. 2002-ALAN sponsored authored by animal friend Paul Koretz requiring pet shops to distribute literature to ever new dog and cat purchaser explaining the importance of spaying and neutering and the crises of dog and cat overpopulation in this country.
9. 1994-2002ALAN has contributed over $100,000 to the campaigns of animal friendly politicians since 1994. We have fought in their campaigns and logged hundreds of hours of volunteer time, canvassing, phoning and putting up signs. These politicians when successful have carried our legislation over and over again.
And our defeats:
1. The coalition fought to elect Antonio Villaraigosa mayor. His defeat brought the Hahn (“I don’t care about animals”) administration to power.
a. Fired Dan Knapp as General Manager,
b. Appointed Jerry Greenwalt, a clear enemy of dogs, cats, and wildlife, in his place and is
c. Now attempting to remove the animal friendly members of the Animal Services Commission.