February 12, 2009
Denver Rally Urges Legislators to Protect Pets
DENVER — Humane Lobby Day, organized by The Humane Society of the United States, connects citizen lobbyists to rally in support of animal protection legislation and to meet with lawmakers to urge them to pass pending legislation. Participants learn about citizen lobbying and the current legislative agenda for animal welfare. The event is co-hosted by the Colorado Humane Voters League.
Participants are focusing their efforts on supporting an amendment to the Pet Animal Care & Facilities Act that will close a loophole that currently allows individuals convicted of animal cruelty to hold a license to run animal care facilities. The amendment to the Pet Animal Care & Facilities Act Sunset Bill is supported by The Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA.
"This is basic legislation for the welfare of our state's pets," said Holly Tarry, The HSUS' Colorado state director. "Humane Lobby Day is a wonderful opportunity for citizens to speak out on behalf of the animals, and a great way to start developing relationships with elected officials. The support of local advocates is crucial to our efforts to improve the lives of animals in Colorado."
Immediately following The HSUS Lobby Day events, Rocky Mountain Animal Defense will host a rally outside of the capitol at 2 p.m. where puppy mill survivors and their owners can share their stories.
Lawmakers in Colorado have previously considered bills to crack down on puppy mills and restrict captive hunting. The HSUS hopes the legislature will revisit these issues in the next session:
- Puppy mills are breeding facilities that mass produce puppies for sale in pet stores, over the Internet and directly to consumers. Puppy mills commonly house animals in overcrowded, filthy and inhumane conditions with inadequate shelter and care. Currently, Colorado does not have any state laws to regulate puppy mills.
- Captive hunting operations — also referred to as "shooting preserves," "canned hunts" or "game ranches" — are private trophy hunting facilities that offer their customers the opportunity to kill exotic and native animals trapped within enclosures. Semi-tame animals make easy targets, so captive hunt operators can offer their customers a guarantee of "no kill, no pay." The animals are guaranteed something as well — that there will be no escape.
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.
Go to Colorado's Humane Lobby Day to find out more about this event.
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 30. 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.
Colorado Humane Voters League has been advocating for animals in the political arena for the past 10 years. CHVL supports humane legislation through an email alert network, and provides information to help Colorado voters elect animal-friendly candidates. voteproanimal.com.
Rocky Mountain Animal Defense has been protecting animals in Colorado and beyond for over fifteen years. Our mission is to help eliminate the human-imposed suffering of animals in the Rocky Mountain region. RMAD furthers its mission through public education, investigation and research, the legislative process, direct action, and appeals to reason and compassion. See RMAD.org.