Dear Candidate, in election years Colorado Voters for Animals conducts a survey to help voters know where candidates stand on a number of animal issues. A poll of Colorado voters conducted in 2021 found 62.7% of pet owners said they are more likely to vote for candidates who support strong animal protection laws and 77% of dog and cat owners consider their pets as family members. Colorado Voters for Animals would appreciate your taking the time to complete this survey so your constituents will know your views on animal related issues.

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* 1. Candidate Information

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* 2. Animals play an important role in Coloradans' lives. What role have animals played in your life?

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* 3. Are there any animal protection issues that are currently a concern for you?

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* 4. In 1992, Colorado citizens overwhelmingly passed a statutory ballot initiative prohibiting the hunting of black bears in the spring and summer when dependent cubs are likely to be orphaned. There have been several attempts made to alter or overturn this measure. Are you likely to oppose future attempts to extend bear hunting into spring and summer?

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* 5. Currently, landowners are prohibited from providing habitat for displaced prairie dogs on their private land without County Commissioner approval.  Are you likely to support legislation creating a new process that gives landowners the opportunity to participate in decision-making?

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* 6. Colorado horses at auctions or from private individuals are often bought by "kill buyers" for the purpose of slaughter and processing into food sold for human consumption in other countries. A 2022 poll found 83% of U.S. adults are opposed to such slaughter. Would you be likely to support legislation prohibiting the purchase or sale of horses in Colorado for the purpose of slaughter for human consumption?

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* 7. According to the USDA, there is a current shortage of veterinarians in Colorado, particularly in rural areas. Nationally such shortages can mean waiting weeks or even months for an appointment. One solution is to create a career path for veterinary professional associates. Would you likely support legislation allowing specially trained veterinary “PAs,” similar to a physician's assistant, to handle less critical procedures that under current law can only be performed by veterinarians?

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* 8. Tethering involves restraining a dog to a fixed object, such as a tree or post. Citizen complaints have included dogs left on a tether for excessive lengths of time, the tether being too short to allow free movement, the dog being deprived of adequate food and water or not having sufficient shelter from extremes in the weather. Would you be likely to support legislation establishing uniform guidelines for the protection of dogs that are tethered?

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* 9. Pollinators (such as bees and butterflies) are critical to overall ecosystem health, agricultural production, economic success and the beauty of Colorado. However, the state does not currently have a statewide plan to protect these vulnerable keystone species. Would you be likely to support legislation to address this critical gap in pollinator protection?

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* 10. Would you like us to contact you regarding any questions you may have?

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