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Help Clean Up Nevada Swap Meets

041213_nevada.jpgMy home state is on my mind once again as the Legislature takes up debate on Assembly Bill 246, which prohibits the sale of live animals at swap meets. The bill has been referred to the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining Committee, which must pass the bill before a vote will be taken on the chamber's floor.

Help reduce animal suffering and increase public safety by writing to or respectfully calling your representative today to urge support of AB 246.

Animals commonly sold at flea markets and swap meets include puppies, kittens, reptiles and birds. Primates have even been sold at these venues. Animals kept for sale at swap meets live in squalid conditions, often in cramped pens or cages, without regular access to food or water. At the point of sale, they may be kept in extreme heat and direct sunlight for hours. Likely, they are subject to similar cruel conditions off the road, as well.

In addition to concerns for animal welfare, these practices raise public health concerns. Reptiles are particularly likely to carry communicable diseases, and account for some 93,000 cases of salmonella reported annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

It's just not worth the risk. Please help Born Free USA pass AB 246 and stop the swap meet suffering.

This action alert is for residents of the following states only: Nevada