ALERT OK-Pet Tales: New roundtable formed to improve animal welfare in Oklahoma

Pet Tales: New roundtable formed to improve animal welfare in Oklahoma

Heather Warlick: The Oklahoma Roundtable for Animal Welfare is part of a new Kirkpatrick Foundation initiative, “Safe & Humane: A New Vision.” The initiative’s mission is to make Oklahoma a safer and more humane place to be an animal by 2032.

Where animals fare well, children, families and individuals fare well. This is one of the guiding principals of The Oklahoma Roundtable for Animal Welfare.

The Roundtable is a result of a challenge issued by Christian Keesee, executive director of the Kirkpatrick Foundation.

“He gave us the challenge to make Oklahoma one of the safest and most humane places to be an animal by 2032,” said Paulette Black, program officer for the Kirkpatrick Foundation.

To that end, the Kirkpatrick Foundation has devised “Safe & Humane: A New Vision.”

The roundtable is part of that plan. Its goal is stated in the Safe & Humane document, available at

“Our mission? To improve the lives of Oklahoma animals and the people who care for them.”

The first meeting of the roundtable was held Nov. 12. Twenty-five local civic, nonprofit and industry leaders came together to discuss the welfare of Oklahoma’s animals.

The group identified the most pressing issues facing Oklahoma animals: education for the general public and industry professionals; minimum standards of care in various fields from animal rescues to shelters to livestock production; disaster preparedness and response, affordable services and education outreach for underserved populations; regulation of exotic and wildlife ownership and trade, community and field awareness related to the human/animal bond; and support for law enforcement agencies.


**Here we go…How many animal owners have moved to OK to protect their right to own their animals?!? Arriving from many states and set up for long term; NOT to pick up and move again. Hopefully they do not intend on creating laws that are near impossible to achieve; that would be a shame!!! OK has always been a leader with animals and small groups with their own ideas and forcing those ideas to become law is NOT the proper approach for any organization or group. It’s not a question of proper regulation as a bad thing however, how many times do we have to see it go from what’s proper to outrageous least any of us forget Ohio, PA, NJ and the many other states that have banned ownership of so many animals-totally unacceptable!!!

Do you have any idea how many owners have moved to OK from Ohio and elsewhere to protect their ownership of their animals and not just exotics-including livestock and domestics.

Just hoping this group stays in check…Keep an eye on this group!!!

**Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay tuned, there will be more  Best  -B

~ by topcatsroar on November 25, 2012.

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