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Animal Advocates Rally at RI Capitol Urging Lawmakers to Protect Animals

The Humane Society of the United States

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — More than 50 citizens from across the Ocean State will assemble at the state capitol and meet with their lawmakers today 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.

"Rhode Island's legislators will have a strong slate of animal protection bills to consider this session, and The Humane Society of the United States would like to commend the sponsors of these measures," said Arnold Baer, deputy director of field services for The HSUS. "On Humane Lobby Day Rhode Islanders from across the state will be here to act as humane advocates, meeting face to face with their legislators."

The key animal protection bills that advocates will focus their efforts on are:

  • SB 109, introduced by Sen. Rhoda Perry, D-3, will prohibit the shooting of mourning doves. Shooting doves is cruel and serves no wildlife management purpose, and Rhode Island is the only state in the Northeast that currently allows dove hunting.
  • SB 23, introduced by Sen. John Tassoni Jr., D-22, will regulate the practice of tethering dogs. A dog kept chained in one spot for hours, days, months or even years can suffer immense psychological damage.

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.