February 18, 2010
Ky. Animal Advocates Lobby for Stronger Animal Protection Laws
Kentucky citizens participating in Humane Lobby Day 2010 are meeting today with state legislators and then will attend a rally at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort in support of stronger animal cruelty and cockfighting laws. Humane Lobby Day is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States and the Kentucky Animal Welfare Alliance.
Citizen lobbyists will assemble at the state capitol to lobby for the passage of H.B. 169, sponsored by Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Jefferson, which makes cockfighting a felony; H.B. 225, sponsored by Rep. Ron Crimm, R-Jefferson, which requires persons convicted of animal cruelty to forfeit the animal; and S.B. 156, sponsored by Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, which provides state penalties for the abusive practice of "soring" Tennessee Walking Horses.
"Kentucky's animal protection laws rank near the bottom," said Pam Rogers, The HSUS' Kentucky 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 our state."
The day starts at 10 a.m., followed by a press conference and rally at 1 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Kirby Adams, a Louisville TV personality, will serve as emcee, with bill sponsors and other supportive legislators scheduled to speak. Also attending will be several special canine guests who survived horrific abuse and now serve as ambassadors for enhancing animal Kentucky's animal protection laws.
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