Kevin James presented his plan to address animal welfare issues in the city of Los Angeles’ at the California chapter of the League of Humane Voters’ “Los Angeles Mayoral Convention II” on Sunday, Feb. 17. James is one of five mayoral candidates who attended the forum.
James talked about his experience with a “failed foster” that resulted in him being the guardian of Lisa-Marie, a special-needs Doxie. In the rescue world, “failed foster “ is a happy phrase that describes a situation where the short-term foster turns into an adoption because animal and human bond so well.
James has an extensive 11-point plan to address animal control issues in the city of Los Angeles. At the top of his list he said that “spay and neuter must be the priority.”
Enforcing laws already on the books, such as licensing and anti-cruelty statutes, is also among his priorities. He said, “Looking at some statistics, we have about $625,000 unlicensed dogs. And if you take the $20 license fee, which is not cost prohibitive, and a number I would keep in place, . . . the difference is $12.5 million (uncollected0).”
But he also understands that outreach and education are important. He believes in accountability of the department administrators and partnering with the private sector.
In conclusion, James made one thing very clear. The animal welfare community will have a friend in the mayor’s office if he is elected. “Animals have been a huge part of my entire life and will be for the rest of my entire life. They don’t have voices and we must be their voice.”
James is a former federal prosecutor and radio talk show host. For more information about Kevin James:
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