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Re: “Yes! Nunchuks Are Legal Now!

The AZ Legislature also passed the felony animal cruelty bill (HB2671) which was signed by Governor Ducey. The new law, sponsored by Rep Kavanagh, strengthens penalties and treatment options for severe animal abuse cases some ending in slow, painful deaths for animals.

By preventing egregious cases of animal abuse from being reduced to misdemeanors, abusers will no longer be able to kill or torture a family pet and end up with zero jail time and no court supervised probation or treatment. Because crimes against animals are often part of a larger pattern of domestic violence, the new law will help protect not only pets, but families and communities throughout Arizona. More info:…

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Posted by AZnurse on 06/06/2019 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Legal Battle Brewing Over Election Law Referendum

There's another problem with HB 2305 that should be of concern to all Arizona voters. This measure not only negatively impacts third party candidates and voters' rights, it is a disaster for our state's public initiative process.

HB 2305 creates numerous strict specifications that could enable large amounts of signatures to be thrown out on a technicality. These impediments would make it much more difficult for citizens to get a measure on the ballot.

Arizona’s public initiative process is a constitutional right enacted at statehood in 1912. That same year a citizen ballot measure passed granting women the right to vote. Since then citizen initiatives have been used to help Arizona’s people, lands, and animals. Voters banned leg-hold traps and poisons on public lands, outlawed cockfighting, and prohibited the cruel confinement of pregnant pigs and calves raised for veal.

HB 2305 is not about preventing voter fraud. It is about suppressing voter and citizen initiative rights. Bill supporters are rightfully concerned about the campaign to refer HB 2305 to the 2014 ballot, because citizens will once again reject blatant political attacks on their voting rights.

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Posted by AZnurse on 10/03/2013 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Familiar Faces

Thanks to Tim Vanderpool and Tucson Weekly for exposing this damaging law which was opposed not only by conservation and animal protection organizations, but by former members of the Arizona Game & Fish Commission, the state’s two largest newspapers, and many other groups and individuals.

Despite widespread opposition, Suzanne Gilstrap and Sportsmen for Wildlife were able to push their bill through the legislature - leaving citizens with a law that enables a small group of trophy hunters and ranchers to take control of Arizona’s wildlife by hijacking the Game & Fish Commission appointment process.

And as mentioned, Sue Chilton is back - the former Game & Fish Commissioner who once described conservation and animal protection advocates as "ranch-hating, rattlesnake-loving, rural-cleansing activists.” Does anyone other than fellow ranchers believe that Chilton should be serving on the commission recommendation board?

So who benefits from this bad law? Certainly not Arizona's wildlife, habitat, conservation groups, or citizens. The only winners are paid-lobbyist Gilstrap and her elite clubs.

Posted by AZnurse on 12/23/2010 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Kill Zone

We need more ethical legislators like Rep Young Wright. The politicians who placed Prop 109 on our ballot (along with six other constitutional amendments) are intent on grabbing more power and preventing voters or wildlife biologists from having a say over wildlife protection.
This measure would give the legislature “exclusive” authority over wildlife issues by seeking to forbid citizens from initiating statutory initiative petitions and requiring that even the Arizona Game and Fish Commission get permission from politicians before taking any action to protect wildlife.
Politicians managing our state's wildlife instead of professional biologists. Now there's a concept. What could possibly go wrong?
Voters can take back control by voting NO on 109

Posted by AZnurse on 09/23/2010 at 8:31 AM

Re: “You Make the Call

Jim Nintzel's comments on Prop 109 are on target. It very well could prevent future wildlife-related initiatives, along with other unknown negative consequences.
Placing the right to hunt in the Arizona Constitution along side freedom of speech and other rights is just a bad idea. It's not surprising that the Arizona Legislature placed this power-grab on our ballot.

Posted by AZnurse on 08/27/2010 at 11:13 AM

Re: “You Make the Call

Prop 109 is a blatant power grab that would give the Arizona legislature primary authority for managing wildlife. If passed, the damage to our state’s wildlife and habitat could be significant.
Additionally Prop 109 could prevent any initiatives that impair taking of wildlife, and could allow a court to overturn the 1994 citizens’ initiative that banned traps, snares, and poisons on Arizona’s public lands.
Prop 109 is yet another attempt to limit voter rights and to enable politicians to control Arizona’s wildlife management decisions.

Posted by AZnurse on 08/26/2010 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Ordinance Ignored

Thanks to Tim Vanderpool for another excellent article exposing what is taking place at Tucson Greyhound Park.
The practices of TGP come as no surprise to those that monitor the greyhound racing industry. Arizona-based Greyhound Network News has been reporting on the dog track industry since1992. For more information on the plight of racing greyhounds visit

Posted by AZnurse on 10/14/2009 at 5:39 PM

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