Humane Lobby Day is an event sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States where citizen animal advocates like you gather to learn and practice lobbying for animal protection laws at the state level. It is a full-day event including a lobbying workshop and an overview of relevant bills in your state legislature. Appointments are made for you with your state legislators so that you can meet with them (or their staff) face to face and ask for animal-friendly votes. Click on your state to RSVP.
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Citizens Just Like You
Maureen Howard had cold feet before attending last year's Humane Lobby Day in New York, but reported that she had a great experience and will likely do it again. Thanks to her and her fellow Lobby Day attendees, Senator Patty Ritchie promised that she would table her Ag Gag bill. And the very next day, Sen. Ritchie pushed our Animal Fighting Paraphernalia bill to passage in the Senate, which is now law!
Frequently asked questions
- Will I be talking to lawmakers face-to-face?
Yes, every attempt will be made to schedule a meeting with the legislators that represent you at the state capitol. In the event that your legislator cannot meet with you personally, you will get a chance to talk with one of his or her key staffers. Your meeting will generally only last a few minutes and you’ll be given specific talking points and training on what to cover during the meeting.
- What legislation will we be discussing?
There are many, many animal bills filed each year during the legislative session. We choose our priority bills for Humane Lobby Day based upon several factors, including their impact and chance of passage. There may be other animal protection topics/issues that are important to you, but focusing on the HLD selected bills we’ve chosen will make the most impact during your visit to the Capitol.
- Is there anything I can do to prepare?
It’s helpful to know your legislators before going into a meeting with them. Most elected officials have a website. Some states have humane voting leagues that keep track of legislator voting records on animal issues. Do some investigating online to learn some background on your legislators. Look up your legislators and visit our state legislation page to get started.
Even if you can't attend your state's Humane Lobby Day, you can still make a difference. Start with our advocate toolkit where you can print helpful documents with tips on communicating with your legislators, writing letters to the editor, and more. Learn More