SC Governor Henry McMaster holds ceremonial signing of new animal legislation

SC Governor Henry McMaster holds ceremonial signing of new animal legislation

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SHAWN AS LIVE: WITH A STROKE OF A PEN … AT A CEREMONIAL BILL SIGNING HERE IN AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA TODAY … A MESSAGE FROM THE STATE… ON ITS STANCE ON ANIMAL CRUELTY “IT IS CERTAINLY A SIGNIFICANT STEP FORWARD.” S-105 … PROTECTING ANIMALS IN THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. THE BILL IS MORE THAN THREE YEARS IN THE MAKING. LAWMAKERS ENACTED THE PETCARE AND HUMANE TREATMENT STUDY COMMITTEE … TO IMPROVE ANIMAL WELFARE LAWS. “THIS COMMITTEE CONSISTED OF A LARGE GROUP OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS AND PUBLIC INTEREST WHICH BEGAN TO ADDRESS ISSUES CONCERNING THE EXCESSIVE OVER- POPULATION OF ANIMALS ENTERING THE SHELTER SYSTEM.” THE GROUP … TASKED TO STUDY A NUMBER OF ITEMS INCLUDING IMPROVE CRUELTY AND NEGELT LAWS AND ENFORCEMENT … STUDY CURRENT SHELTER STANDARDS … VET CARE IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS LIKE HURRICANES. “I WANT TO COMPLIMENT ALL OF THOSE WHO WAS INVOLVED FOR THINKING OF IT AND TELLING ME WHAT WE NEED TO DO AND STICKING WITH IT LONG ENOUGH TO GET IT DONE.” NOW … A BILL THE MAJORITY OF STATE LEADERS AGREED ON. “SO THIS LAW IS GOOD. A LOT OF THOUGHT WENT INTO IT A LOT OF TIME.” THERE ARE A NUMBER OF THINGS THE BILL ALLOWS: INCLUDING ALLOWING ANIMALS TO MOVE THROUGH SHELTERS AND TO GET ADOPTED FASTER. TRAINING MAGISTRATES IN ANIMAL CRUELTY ALSO … FUNDS FROM SOUTH CAROLINA NEUTER LICENSE PLATES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED INTO POORER COUNTIES … TO HELP PROVIDE VOUCHERS FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN’T AFFORD A SPAY OR NEUTER PROCEDURE. THE REST OF THE DETAILS ARE ON OF MANY WHO SAW A NEED IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND TOOK ACTION. “THOSE OF US IN THESE POSITIONS OF MAKING LAWS CAN ONLY MAKE THE LAWS “THOSE OF US IN THESE POSITIONS OF MAKING LAWS CAN ONLY MAKE THE LAWS THAT YOU TELL US NEED TO BE MADE AND ONCE WE MAKE THE LAWS, IT’S NOT UP TO US …IT’S NOT UP TO THE LAWMAKERS TO CONTINUE BEING INVOLVED IN PUSHING IT IT’S THE PEOPLE THAT WANTED THE LAWS MADE THAT WANT TO USE THE LAWS” SHAWN AS LIVE: AND LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON WJBF.COM I HAVE MORE INFORMATION ON THE BILL … INCLUDING THE HISTORY OF ACTIONS ON IT IN OUR STATE LEGISLATURE. MEANWHILE, THE BILL WAS OFFICIALLY SIGNED INTO LAW, MAY 16. I’M IN AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA TONIGHT … SHAWN CABBAGESTALK … WJBF NEWSCHANNEL 6. JENNIE: COMING UP NEXT: SOCIAL MEDIA

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