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Calif. Lawmakers Receive 2009 Humane State Legislator Awards

Sen. Florez, Assemblymember Smyth Honored by The HSUS

The Humane Society of the United States

Each year, The Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal protection organization, recognizes state legislators across the country who have initiated path-breaking animal protection legislation and demonstrably advanced reform in the policy-making arena. The HSUS is pleased to announce that California state Sen. Dean Florez, D-16, and Assemblymember Cameron Smyth, R-38, are Humane State Legislator Award winners for 2009.

Sen. Florez is being honored for sponsoring and helping pass S.B. 135, a landmark bill that will ban the tail docking of cows in the dairy industry. Tail docking — the partial amputation of up to two-thirds of the tail — is a common and cruel procedure, often performed without anesthesia.

"I am greatly honored to be recognized by an organization that does so very much for those who truly have no voice," said Sen. Florez. "If we as a society are to be judged by how we treat the least among us, that has to include our most vulnerable citizens and the animals who provide companionship, as well as sustenance." 

Assemblymember Smyth sponsored the Spay Day USA resolution (A.C.R. 19), a resolution proclaiming September as Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet Month (A.C.R. 91) and legislation to provide for a tax deduction for animal adoption fees (A.B. 233).

"I am honored to receive this recognition from The Humane Society of the United States for my work in the legislature this year," said Assemblymember Smyth. "I appreciate The HSUS' passion and commitment to animal welfare issues and I am proud to be one of their legislators of the year."

"Senator Florez and Assemblyman Smyth are true champions of animal protection in the California legislature," said Jennifer Fearing, California senior state director for The HSUS. "They have advanced the protection of animals in our state in a very meaningful way, and we are pleased to honor them with these awards and acknowledge their dedicated public service."

The legislators were presented with their awards by HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle at Town Halls held by the organization in San Francisco and Los Angeles at the end of October.


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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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