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February 12, 2010

Humane Lobby Day for the Animals at Hawaii’s State Capitol

State Rep. Mizuno Receives Humane Legislator Award from The HSUS

HONOLULU — Friday, animal advocates from across the state rallied at the state capitol in Honolulu to urge their legislators to enact stronger animal protection laws. The event, Humane Lobby Day, is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States and co-hosted by the Hawaiian, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii Island Humane Societies. At the event, citizen advocates urged their legislators to strengthen Hawaii's penalties for both dog and cockfighting, to limit the inhumane chaining of dogs and to support humane housing standards for pet animals.

At the event, The HSUS also honored Hawaii state Rep. and Human Services Committee Chair John Mizuno, D-Kamehameha Heights, Kalihi Valley, Fort Shafter, as a Humane State Legislator for his dedication to animal protection legislation in 2009. Each year, The HSUS, the nation's largest animal protection organization, recognizes state lawmakers across the country who have initiated path-breaking animal protection legislation and demonstrably advanced reform in the policy-making arena.

"We commend Chair Mizuno's leadership and commitment to animal welfare and the prevention of violence," said Inga Gibson, Hawaii state director for The HSUS. "The Humane Society of the United States is pleased to honor him with this award and acknowledge his consistent compassion and dedicated public service."

Rep. Mizuno received the award for his unwavering leadership on bills to strengthen penalties for dogfighting and cockfighting. As Chair of the Human Services Committee, Rep. Mizuno has long recognized the connection between violence against humans and animal cruelty, and its connection to other criminal activities.

"It is an honor to receive this award; however, I could not have done this without my family, my staff, the other legislators, and most of all, my constituents.  I'm glad that I can be a part of the fight to protect animals from cruelty," said Mizuno.

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