March 31, 2009
Animal Advocates Rally at Wis. Capitol Urging Lawmakers to Protect Animals
MADISON, Wis. — Nearly 100 citizens from across the Badger State assembled at the state capitol today to meet with their lawmakers and 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.
Assembly Majority Leader Tom Nelson, D-5, delivered welcoming remarks and offered an overview of the legislative agenda at a morning briefing. Participants are meeting with their lawmakers and staff in the Wisconsin State Senate and Assembly throughout the day today.
"The HSUS expects that Wisconsin's lawmakers will have strong slate of animal protection bills to consider this session, strengthening animal fighting laws and addressing animal abuse at puppy mills," said Alyson Bodai, The HSUS' Wisconsin state director. "But the real importance of today's event is that so many animal advocates from across the state will be here to act as citizen lobbyists, meeting face to face with their legislators."
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.
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.