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March 2, 2010

Oklahoma Advocates Lobby to Crack Down on Puppy Mills

Citizens from across Oklahoma participating in Humane Lobby Day 2010 will meet with lawmakers Tuesday at the capitol to urge them to pass SB 1712, the Commercial Pet Breeders Act, sponsored by Sen. Patrick Anderson to crack down on puppy mills. The Humane Society of the United States is sponsoring Humane Lobby Day.

"Oklahomans need to stand up and say 'no' to these awful puppy mill operations, and we welcome help from citizen lobbyists today to do just that," said Cynthia Armstrong, The HSUS' Oklahoma state director.

Puppy mills produce puppies for sale in pet stores, directly to the public and over the Internet. They commonly house the animals in overcrowded, filthy and inhumane conditions, often with no veterinary care or human interaction. Oklahoma is the second-largest puppy mill state in the country.

Also taking part in the lobby day is Bill Stauss, the author of "Billy's World – The Saga of an American Staffordshire 'Pitbull' Terrier." Oklahoma was part of the largest multistate dogfighting raid in United States history last year. 

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.

The day will start at 9 a.m. in the Governor's Large Conference Room at the capitol building. Find out more about pending Oklahoma legislation

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