PRINTER'S NO.  4293

  

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  

HOUSE RESOLUTION

 

No.

947

Session of

2010

  

  

INTRODUCED BY BOBACK, MELIO, FAIRCHILD, MAHER, BAKER, BEYER, BRENNAN, BROWN, CALTAGIRONE, COHEN, DALEY, DiGIROLAMO, DONATUCCI, EVERETT, FABRIZIO, GABLER, GIBBONS, GOODMAN, GRUCELA, HAHN, HARKINS, HELM, HENNESSEY, HESS, JOHNSON, KILLION, KORTZ, MAHONEY, MAJOR, MANN, MARSICO, MILLARD, MURT, MUSTIO, M. O'BRIEN, O'NEILL, PALLONE, PAYNE, QUINN, READSHAW, ROCK, ROSS, SAINATO, SANTONI, SIPTROTH, SONNEY, STABACK, SWANGER, TRUE, VEREB, WATSON, WHITE AND GINGRICH, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010

  

  

INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010  

  

  

  

A RESOLUTION

  

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Designating the week of September 26, 2010, as "Animal Disaster

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Preparedness Week" in Pennsylvania.

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WHEREAS, All families are at risk of either natural or

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manmade disasters at any time; and

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WHEREAS, Families across this Commonwealth face possible

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evacuation and displacement due to natural and manmade

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disasters, such as floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires,

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nuclear incidents and chemical spills; and

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WHEREAS, More than 72% of American households have companion

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animals; and

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WHEREAS, Pennsylvania is the fifth largest agricultural state

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in the nation and is home to more than 3,000,000 livestock

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animals and more than 38,000,000 poultry; and

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WHEREAS, Despite the high priority animals have in our daily

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lives and livelihoods, many animals are injured or killed during

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disasters simply because they were overlooked during the

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disaster planning process that each family and community

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undertakes; and 

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WHEREAS, When disasters or emergencies strike in this

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Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team,

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through its network of volunteer County Animal Response Teams,

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may be activated by government emergency management agencies to

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work with local shelters and rescues and with national animal,

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veterinary and disaster organizations to rescue and care for

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animals; and

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WHEREAS, The Congress of the United States acknowledged the

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importance of the human-animal bond and animal disaster

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preparedness planning by passing into law the Pets Evacuation

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and Transportation Standards Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-308,

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120 Stat. 1725); and

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WHEREAS, The House of Representatives echoes the concern of

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Congress and, additionally, recognizes the importance of

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disaster preparedness for all animals, including companion,

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livestock and poultry species; and

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 WHEREAS, The House of Representatives calls upon all

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citizens of this Commonwealth to take necessary actions to

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ensure that all animals in their care are properly accounted for

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in disaster planning; therefore be it

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RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives designate the

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week of September 26, 2010, through October 2, 2010, as "Animal

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Disaster Preparedness Week" in dedication to the animals left

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behind in one of this country's largest natural disasters,

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Hurricane Katrina.

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