February 17, 2010
Iowans Rally to Urge Lawmakers to Protect Animals
DES MOINES — Animal advocates from across the state are gathering at the state capitol Wednesday in Des Moines 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 Iowa Federation of Humane Societies and Iowa Voters for Companion Animals. At the event, citizen advocates urged their legislators to strengthen protections for dogs in large-scale breeding facilities known as puppy mills.
"This day is an opportunity for animal advocates throughout the state of Iowa to come together and let their legislators know how important animal welfare issues are in our state," said Carol Griglione, Iowa state director for The HSUS. "We urge the legislature to support H.F. 2280, which will be put to a vote in the House today, to crack down on puppy mills."
Currently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture licenses and inspects some puppy mills, but only those that sell wholesale to pet stores — not those that sell over the Internet or directly to the public. Iowa is one of only two states (along with Kansas) where state officials are not able to inspect these puppy mills, even if complaints have been reported. The new legislation would give the Iowa Department of Agriculture the authority to inspect these facilities if they receive complaints.
At the event, The HSUS will honor Iowa H.B. 2280 sponsors Sen. Matt McCoy, D-Des Moines and Rep. Jim Lykam, D-Davenport. 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.
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