March 17, 2010
Animal Time at Boise Statehouse
Activists, The HSUS press for animal friendly laws
Idaho Humane Lobby Day held last month was a perfect opportunity for our 52 animal advocates to show their support and really participate in the process.
Their first legislative foray was a public hearing for animal cruelty bill in the Senate Agriculture Committee. The bill increases current penalties for fines and jail time for those who commit cruelty to animals. It also defines torture, neglect, and abandonment, and added language to cover cockfighting as well as dog fighting.
Our day started early, at 7 a.m., when packets were distributed and an overview of the issues was presented. We met with the Senate Agriculture Committee before the hearing and expressed their support of asked questions about the legislation.
Another 35 participants who could not join us that day sent in written testimony supporting the bill. They also called and sent an email to their legislators supporting this legislation, the feral cat exemption bill, and opposing a bill on horse slaughter.
After watching the committee process and the bill receive unanimous passage, all the participants decided that when the bill goes to the House Agriculture Committee for public testimony and a hearing, they will be there to testify and show support. Humane Lobby Day all over again!