Homeschooler Haley Ham has a cause after losing her beloved dog, Sam. Any animal lover would wonder why a law is needed to keep antifreeze from being so tasty to animals.
Poisoning inspires child to push for law
From The Mountain Press in Tennessee
She wants antifreeze to be blended with denatonium benzoate, a bittering agent. Some antifreeze is made safe, carrying brand names like Sierra, Sta Clean and Prestone Low Tox. The law is aimed at the others. It costs pennies to add the ingredient.
Haley is already learning about the lobbying run-around:
Haley’s letter-writing campaign drew the attention of State Sen. Raymond Finney, R-Maryville, who represents Sevier County. While most lawmakers she wrote sent back form letters that made no commitment, Finney’s was different. The senator had filed a bill in 2006 to require the addition of the bittering agent, only to be visited by a representative of antifreeze makers. The lobbyist’s clients favored a federal standard that would apply to all states, rather than seeing each state deal with it. Finney agreed to back off, but has since learned no such federal standard has been adopted.
Haley’s kind hearted advocacy has been a big part of her young life. When she was 5, she donated her hair to Locks of Love for children with cancer.
Haley has created inroads into getting things done. She’s already speaking volumes for the homeschooling community with her wonderfully determined strength of purpose for good causes.
To sign Haley’s online petition, go to www.ipetitions.com/petition/antifreezepoisoning.
Posted by Susan Ryan