A limerick for a fellow animal advocate on her 44th birthday.
The State of Georgia, and many other US states, have outdated policies governing the welfare of animals under their jurisdiction. The state Department of Agriculture implements policies that have been made in the state capital by elected officials.
Unfortunately, many policies being made, or outdated ones being upheld, don’t reflect the will of the people, but instead, are simply voted on according to the opinions/values of those elected to office. Did you know that many of the bills that come up on the floor for votes (in all levels of government) are NOT even READ by the officials before they cast their votes! That’s an absurd way to run anything…and especially a government, yet it is common practice.
Votes and voices heard from constituents will be the catalyst that brings about change in policy and practices. Learn how government works and how it affects your specific topic of advocacy. Become educated in local politics, study those running for office, vote for the one who most closely aligns with your vision and your ethical standards – locally, statewide, and nationally. You can, and do, make a difference….unless, of course, you get Trumped. Oh, my. I didn’t just say that.
On to the limerick:
There once was a lady from Polk
Who freed cats and dogs from “the poke.”
In her 44th year
She said with a cheer
“I’m sick of this State. It’s a joke!”
Then she took to her pen on the net
“It is change we shall have and have yet.
These dogs and these cats
No longer mere stats
They’re alive and deserve to be pets.
Grab your phones now let’s text and let’s tweet.
We’ve elected officials to meet!
The rules they affect
Will begin to reflect
How this Party of Advocates speak!”