11 May 2010

Ashley Judd urges Kentucky Governor to help homeless animals

Actress and animal advocate Ashley Judd has joined the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s (ALDF) campaign to urge Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to protect Kentucky’s homeless animals through tough enforcement of the state’s Humane Shelter Law. The law requires each of Kentucky’s 120 counties to provide basic care for stray dogs and cats including food, water, shelter, and humane euthanasia. Currently the law is not being enforced properly causing many animals to live and die in appalling conditions.

Judd, a Kentucky native who is currently a graduate student at Harvard and known for her starring roles in movies like Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy, and Where The Heart Is, signed the ALDF petition urging Governor Beshear to act on the current misconduct.

The petition reads, “As a supporter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, I strongly urge you to step in and end the suffering of all innocent animals in Kentucky by pressing the legislature to act and have the state take back responsibility for oversight of these shelters. As a pet owner, you have a real chance to make a difference in the lives of thousands of animals. I urge you to act quickly.”

Animal lovers are encouraged to join Ashley Judd and thousands of others who have signed the online petition.

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