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February 23, 2010

Indiana Advocates Lobby for Stronger Animal Protection Laws

INDIANAPOLIS — Citizens from across Indiana participating in Humane Lobby Day 2010 assembled Tuesday at the state capital to rally in support of animal protection legislation and to meet with lawmakers to urge them to pass animal protection bills. The Humane Society of the United States is sponsoring Humane Lobby Day.

"Lobby Day is an opportunity for Indiana advocates to gather and demonstrate the importance of animal welfare legislation in our state," said Anne Sterling Indiana state director for The HSUS. "Last year state lawmakers passed several important animal protection bills, and we hope this session will have an even greater impact on animal welfare."

Participants at the event are focused on lobbying for legislation that would require retail pet stores to provide dog or cat purchasers with a disclosure form describing the animal's history, including health records and the name and address of the breeder. The legislation would also make attending an animal fighting event a felony and would require people to provide their horses with shelter.

The need for increased animal fighting penalties was illustrated in August when the HSUS assisted law enforcement to rescue 109 dogs in the largest known dogfighting raid in Indiana's history. The passage of animal fighting legislation would crack down on this cruel blood sport throughout the state.

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