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Animal Advocates Lobby Iowa Lawmakers for Humane Legislation

Citizens from across Iowa participating in Humane Lobby Day 2011 will meet with lawmakers Tuesday at the capitol to urge them to oppose Senate File 83, which would allow the shooting of mourning doves. The Humane Society of the United States, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® and The Iowa Federation of Humane Societies are sponsoring Humane Lobby Day.

“Iowans need to stand up and say ‘no’ to the unnecessary and cruel plans to shoot mourning doves, and we welcome help from citizen lobbyists today to do just that,” said Carol Griglione, The HSUS’ Iowa state director.

Attendees will urge their representatives to oppose SF 83, which is sponsored by Sen. Dick Dearden, D-Des Moines. This legislation would allow the shooting of mourning doves, which have been protected in Iowa since 1918.  If this legislation is passed the birds would essentially be shot for target practice, not for food or population management.

“Humane Lobby Day is a unique opportunity for animal advocates from across Iowa to meet with their legislators and be the voice for animals,” said Ann Church, senior director of ASPCA® Government Relations. “It’s important for lawmakers to hear from their constituents, and we’re thrilled with the number of supporters attending the event and championing to enact stronger laws protecting animals from cruelty.”

Rep. Jim Lykam, D-Davenport, and Sen. Matt McCoy, D-Des Moines will be on hand at the event to receive HSUS Humane State Legislator awards for their work on the 2010 puppy mill bill.

Last year, state legislatures across the country passed 97 new laws for animals. The HSUS and the ASPCA® work with animal advocates and state legislators to enact laws protecting animals from cruelty, combating animal fighting, halting wildlife abuse and more.

Iowa ranks 21stin The HSUS’ 2010 state animal protection rankings, which grades each state  based on a wide range of animal protection laws dealing with pets, animal cruelty and fighting, wildlife, animals in research, horses and farm animals. The state gained points for its strong animal fighting laws, but falls near the middle of the pack because of relatively weak animal cruelty laws.


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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.

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. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca.