March 16, 2010
Okla. Humane Lobby Day Ends Well
Oklahoma State Director
We had a great day at the Oklahoma Humane Lobby Day! We started with breakfast with legislators in the Governor’s Large Conference Room. Several of the legislators not only visited with their own constituents who were present at the breakfast, but also addressed the group at large by thanking them for coming to the capitol and for the work they do for animals in their districts.
After that, we got down to the nuts and bolts of effective lobbying on behalf of animals. Our special guest, Bill Stauss -- author of "Billy's World: Saga of an American Stafforshire 'Pit Bull' Terrier" that chronicles the true story of a rescued dog from a dog fighting ring – spoke and provided copies of his book, proceeds from which would go to each purchaser's favorite animal charity or rescue group).
After the morning's program, everyone met with their senators and representatives and staff members and ask for them to support SB1712, the Commercial Pet Breeders Act, sponsored by Sen. Patrick Anderson.
In preparation for lobby day, I asked each attendee to compose a letter to their senator and representative, telling them a little bit about themselves, why animal protection legislation is important to them, and what work they do back home to assist the animals and citizens in their district.
I also asked them to enclose a photograph of themselves with a rescued animal or their own pets. The letters were a big hit with the legislators, and I think really assisted in communicating an indelible and heartwarming message and image of that constituent and their work on behalf of animals.
Our attendees were definitely goodwill ambassadors for the cause!