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A Force to be Reckoned With

Activists and animal welfare groups take to Alabama legislature

The Humane Society of the United States

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by Mindy Gilbert
Alabama State Director

Animal advocates gathered at the Statehouse in Montgomery for the second Alabama Humane Lobby Day. Altogether, 64 people took the time to drive to the capitol to speak to their legislators about animal protection issues.

Concerned citizens and animal lovers joined me and leaders from the Alabama Humane Federation, Alabama Animal Control Association, Spay Alabama,  Montgomery, Birmingham, Clanton, Gadsden, and Tuscaloosa animal shelters were joined by concerned citizens and animal lovers. 

Many of the attendees knew each other; other faces were new. But all were united by their commitment to make Alabama a better place for animals. They lobbied the legislators to support a felony cockfighting bill and to make existing  anti-cruelty laws more effective.

More than 200 people rallied on the statehouse steps to support Spay Day -- the first and only international day of action to promote the spaying or neutering of pets and feral cats. Lawmakers were encouraged to add spay/neuter initiatives and incentives when crafting local animal ordinances.

I was very proud of everyone who attended. Next year will be even better as we work to ensure the protection of Alabama animals.



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