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February 23, 2010

Animal Advocates Lobby Idaho Lawmakers for Stronger Cruelty Laws

Idaho citizens participating in Humane Lobby Day 2010 are meeting with state legislators at the State Capitol in Boise today to encourage support of stronger animal cruelty and cockfighting laws. Humane Lobby Day is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States.

Citizen lobbyists will assemble at the state capitol to lobby for the passage of S. 1317, sponsored by Sen. Tim Corder, R-Mountain Home, which increases the current jail time and misdemeanor fines for animal cruelty; redefines both "neglect" and "torture"; and makes cockfighting a felony.

"Idaho is ranked as one of the five states having the worst animal cruelty laws in the nation," said Lisa Kauffman, The HSUS' Idaho state director. "This day is an opportunity for animal advocates throughout the state to come together and let their legislators know they are very concerned about the overall status of animal welfare in Idaho and support increasing the penalties for those who abuse animals."

The day started at 7 a.m., followed by the committee hearing on the bill in which advocates are encouraged to stand up and testify in favor of the pending legislation. After that, advocates are encouraged to meet with their local legislators to discuss supporting the increase of penalties for those who commit acts of cruelty.

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