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February 22, 2011

Coloradans Gather at Capitol to Lobby for Animal Welfare Legislation

HSUS, ASPCA co-host Colorado’s Humane Lobby Day

Animal advocates from across Colorado will rally at the state capitol in Denver today and urge their legislators to adopt stronger measures to protect animals. The Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) are co-hosting Colorado Humane Lobby Day. Citizen advocates will lobby their legislators to join the Colorado Animal Protection Caucus and to discuss legislation to prohibit horse tripping and steer tailing, which was narrowly defeated last month in the House Agriculture Committee. Citizens will also be promoting the State Legislative Pet Photo Contest. Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, will be in attendance at Colorado Humane Lobby Day.

“Horse tripping and steer tailing are inherently cruel, and several legislators are interested in addressing this problem,” said Holly Tarry, Colorado state director for The HSUS.  “We hope to continue discussing this important issue and give lawmakers another chance to take action to protect animals.”

“The Colorado Animal Protection Caucus is a valuable forum for discussing humane issues,” added Jill Buckley, senior director of government relations for the ASPCA. “It’s important for lawmakers to hear from their constituents, and we’re thrilled with the number of animal advocates from across Colorado who are championing to enact stronger laws to protect animals from cruelty.”

Colorado Animal Protection Caucus

The Colorado Animal Protection Caucus is modeled off the very successful Congressional Animal Protection Caucus.  Several other states have also formed caucuses. The purpose of this new caucus is to discuss animal protection challenges that face Colorado and build broad coalitions to consider sensible solutions.

Steer Tailing / Horse Tripping

Animal advocates will discuss legislation that prohibits the practices of intentionally dragging a bovine by his tail and roping an equine to cause a fall. Steer tailing is painful and stressful to the steer and can cause serious injuries such as tail-degloving. Horse tripping can cause death and 11 states have banned the practice.

 Citizens will also be helping to promote the State Legislative Pet Photo Contest, in which Colorado legislators and legislative staff are invited to submit pictures of their pet and compete for the title of most adorable pet. Local celebrity judges will chose the winners, who will be announced later in the session. Photos can be submitted here.

The Centennial State ranks fifth in The HSUS’ state animal protection rankings, which grades each state based on a wide range of animal protection laws dealing with companion animals, wildlife and farm animals. While Colorado has strong laws against keeping exotic animals as pets, animal fighting laws, and is one of only seven states in the country with laws to protect animals on factory farms, improvement is still needed in the areas of protecting wildlife from abuse and enacting stronger laws to protect dogs in puppy mills.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization—backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty—on the web at humanesociety.org.

About the ASPCA®

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org.

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