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February 24, 2010

Wash. Animal Advocates Lobby for Animal Welfare Legislation

Dozens of citizens from across Washington participating in Humane Lobby Day 2010 will meet with lawmakers Wednesday at the capitol. The Humane Society of the United States and the Progressive Animal Welfare Society are sponsoring Humane Lobby Day. Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-36, Rep. Kevin Van de Wege, D-24, and Rep. Jaime Pedersen are also taking part.

"The Humane Society of the United States is excited to welcome members and constituents to Olympia to advocate on behalf of the state's pets and wildlife," said Dan Paul, The HSUS' Washington state director.

The HSUS also presented Humane State Legislator awards to Sen. Kohl-Welles and Rep. Pedersen for their tireless work for animals.

Prohibiting Feeding of Wildlife

ESHB 1885, sponsored by Rep. Van de Wege, would outlaw the intentional feeding of wildlife. People who feed wildlife run a high risk of habituating these wild animals, where they become completely reliant on humans for subsistence and the likelihood of a harmful or deadly encounter rises exponentially for both humans and animals.

Ban on Trapping

Animal advocates are opposing H.B. 1115 and S.B. 5389 — which would weaken the prohibition against cruel traps enacted by Washington voters in 2000 — and are urging legislators to honor the will of the people. The bills are sponsored by Rep. Brian Blake, D-19, and Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-19.

Spaying and Neutering

In addition, the state of Washington passed a resolution recognizing Tuesday, Feb. 23 as Spay Day. Spay Day is The HSUS' annual campaign designed to highlight the importance of saving animal lives by spaying or neutering. On Spay Day and throughout the month of February, The HSUS brings together hundreds of spay/neuter events to create a wave of spay/neuter activity and awareness across the country.  

Last year, state legislatures across the country passed 121 new laws for animals. The HSUS works with animal advocates and state legislators to enact laws protecting animals from cruelty, combating animal fighting, halting wildlife abuse and more.

Find out more about pending Washington legislation

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