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February 25, 2009

Arizona Animal Advocates Rally at Capitol Urging Lawmakers to Protect Animals

The Humane Society of the United States

PHOENIX, Ariz. – More than 100 citizens from across the Copper State will assemble at the state capitol and meet with their lawmakers tomorrow to urge them to pass legislation to protect animals. The citizen lobbyists are participating in Humane Lobby Day organized by The Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal protection organization.

Rep. Nancy Young Wright, D-26, a longtime animal advocate, will deliver remarks at a morning legislative briefing in the Executive Tower. Other guest speakers include representatives from the Arizona Humane Society, Maricopa County Animal Care & Control, Animal Defense League of Arizona, Humane Voters of Arizona and former Rep. Linda Binder.  After the morning session, participants will meet with their lawmakers and staff in the Arizona House of Representatives and Senate.  

"Arizona's legislators will have a strong slate of animal protection bills to consider this session, and The HSUS would like to commend the sponsors of these measures," said Kari Nienstedt, The HSUS' Arizona state director. "But the real importance of today's event is that so many Arizonans from across the state will be here to act as humane advocates, meeting face to face with their legislators."

Animal fighting 
HB 2150 strengthens the cockfighting laws and prohibits the intentional, staged fighting of any other species of animal.

Pets–Kennel Inspections 
HB 2517 would make kennel operators subject to inspections by county enforcement agents at any time during regular business hours. States that county enforcement, on receipt of a written complaint, shall inspect the premises of a kennel at any time during regular business hours.  This would be a tremendous step forward in combating puppy mills and hoarding situations.

Pets–Release from pound 
HB 2458 would require an unlicensed dog or cat, or a dog or cat who has bitten a person to be spayed/neutered and microchipped before being released to the owner from a shelter. Breeders may pay a fee to forgo the spay/neuter requirement.

Horse Slaughter
SCM 1001 is a resolution urging the state to oppose federal legislation banning horse slaughter and the export of horses to other countries for slaughter. The resolution sends the wrong message about horse slaughter and The HSUS strongly opposes this measure.

Last year, state legislatures across the country passed 93 new laws for animals. The HSUS works with animal advocates and state legislators across the country to enact laws protecting animals from cruelty, combating animal fighting, halting wildlife abuse and more. Forty-one states are hosting Humane Lobby Days in February, March and April 2009.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization – backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org

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