March 16, 2010
Statehouse Beckons Animal Lovers
Advocates meet with Hawaii legislators to help animals
by Inga Gibson
Hawaii State Director
Last month, nearly 30 animal advocates from across Hawaii joined me and the Hawaiian Humane Society for Humane Lobby Day to meet their legislators and urge them to support stronger animal cruelty laws. All in all, it was a tremendous day as we lent our voices for the animals. The message: Every day should be humane lobby day!
Our day started with a briefing on the legislative process and animal bills under consideration by the 2010 legislature. The bills include increasing penalties for dog and cockfighting, setting housing and veterinary care standards for pet animals, restricting dog chaining and prohibiting the sale of shark fins.
Next, Rep. John Mizuno, The HSUS 2009 Humane Legislators, joined us for a press conference.
Also on hand was Senator Clayton Hee (D), who introduced measures this session to prohibit the sale of shark fins and foie gras. A tremendous champion for animal issues, he spearheaded efforts in 2007 to make Hawaii the 43rd state to enact felony level penalties for some of the most egregious acts of animal cruelty. House Judiciary Chair Jon Riki Karamatsu (D) and Reps. Gene Ward (R), Cindy Evans (D) and Tom Brower (D) also joined the event to voice their support for animal protection measures.
In a very nice gesture, the advocates were invited to the House Gallery where they received an ovation from the House of Representatives for their efforts for Hawaii’s animals. To round out the day, everyone met directly with their respective Senate and Representative offices.
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