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February 10, 2009

Rally at Kansas Capitol Urging Lawmakers to Make Cockfighting a Felony

The Humane Society of the United States

Citizens from across Kansas will assemble at the state capitol to rally in support of animal protection legislation and to meet with lawmakers today to urge them to pass legislation that would make cockfighting a felony. The citizen lobbyists will be joined by John Goodwin, The HSUS' manager of animal fighting issues, and Lou Guyton, The HSUS' Central Region director. Humane Lobby Day is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States.

The day will start at 10 a.m. at the Docking State Office Building Auditorium. Legislators sponsoring pro-animal bills and other dignitaries have been invited to address the gathering. 

Citizen lobbyists will ask that their state legislature pass a law that would make cockfighting a felony. The bill is to be introduced by Sen. Julia Lynn, R-District 9.

"With every state that borders Kansas already making cockfighting a felony, passage of a tough cockfighting law here has become our top priority. We do not want Kansas to become a refuge for cockfighters as they seek out jurisdictions with the weakest penalties for their crimes," Goodwin said.

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.

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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 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.

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