The Potter League is committed to supporting meaningful protections for animals. We work with local and state legislators to help enact meaningful protections for animals which is essential to bringing about long-term change for all animals. This work is sustained through our Advocacy and Public Policy Committee, which was created to advise and assist the Potter League’s Board of Directors, staff and other committees in identifying issues of importance to the League and the community. By formulating research, communication, public education and advocacy plans, we create change for animals.
Our core belief has never wavered – animals are a fundamental part of our world and they deserve the highest level of care, protection, and kindness. The following position statements are grounded in our beliefs and our experience with animals and people. These statements will not only inform the public, our supporters, and our staff but will also serve as guide for Potter League’s Advocacy for laws and policies protecting animals. Like our world, these statements are designed to be flexible and open to change to meet new challenges.
These statements not only inform the public, our supporters, and our staff, but also serve as a guide for Potter League for Animals’ Advocacy for laws and policies protecting animals.
When making decisions from policy to legislation support to animal care, we refer to the Five Freedoms for guidance. The Five Freedoms help to evaluate animal welfare and limit animal suffering. By looking towards each of the Five Freedoms, communities can assess the welfare of animals in human care, identify areas needing improvement, and enact changes to benefit animals.
The Potter League is proud to be a part of Rhode Island’s Livestock Welfare and Care Standards Advisory Council. The purpose of the council is to serve as an advisory body to the director of Department of Environmental Management and the General Assembly in making recommendations related to the overall health and welfare of livestock species. Animal care standards are currently being developed by the council for a variety of livestock species.
Researchers and professionals in both animal welfare and human services fields have discovered a strong relationship between animal abuse and other forms of community violence, such as domestic violence, child maltreatment, and elder abuse. This species-spanning correlation is called “The Link”. Animal abuse can no longer be viewed as a one-time incident, but instead as a “red flag” that other family members in the household may not be safe. Through our advocacy efforts, we aim to break the cycle of violence that often touches multiple family members and spans generations.
Our mission is educate and advise decision makers in federal, state, and local government to enact positive changes for the welfare of animals and the community. As we learn about new bills, we will share our support or opposition here.
Writing to your representatives is one of the most effective ways to take part in in the process of improving laws for animals. Find your legislators here: www.vote.sos.ri.gov.