Target: Tennessee State Representative David Hawk
Goal: Praise law allowing Good Samaritans the ability to save animals trapped in hot cars.
Good Samaritans in Tennessee can now save animals trapped in hot cars without fear of civil liability. Tennessee recently passed House Bill 537, which allows Good Samaritans the ability to save innocent animals suffering in trapped cars and remain protected under law. Tennessee has a similar law in place for children trapped in hot cars, but it has now expanded to include animals as well. The bill was originally sponsored by Tennessee state representative David Hawk, who had heard about a horrible incident where people found two dogs suffering from an overheated car. Before law enforcement could get to the scene, one of the dogs had already died. Hawk began working on a bill to never allow this to happen again.
Every year, thousands of animals die because they are left in hot cars. Many of these animals have been seen by people who pass by, but fear of being held liable for damages to cars if they were to try and save the animal prevent them from doing anything. This is now no longer a fear and more lives can be saved because of this law.
We could save more lives if other states were to adopt this groundbreaking law. Some states don’t even make it illegal to leave dogs in hot cars, while others only allow law enforcement to break in. As we all know, sometimes law enforcement cannot get there in time.
Tennessee’s law is a huge victory for domestic animals and helps prevent horrible deaths from the summer heat. Please sign the petition below to thank Representative David Hawk for working hard to pass legislation that saves the lives of so many animals.
Dear Representative David Hawk,
I am writing to you to thank you for your hard work on House Bill 537, which is now law. HB 357 allows Good Samaritans to intervene if they see animals trapped in hot cars and this will no doubt save the lives of many animals.
It is unfortunate that so many people leave their children and animals in hot cars, not realizing the danger. Cars can become hot very quickly and law enforcement is sometimes not quick enough to arrive before tragedy strikes. This bill will allow Good Samaritans to save these animals without fear of civil liability.
Thank you for being a strong supporter of the well-being of animals in Tennessee. Hopefully, Tennessee can lead the way for other states to adopt similar measures to reduce the suffering of animals in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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