February 17, 2011
Animal Advocates Lobby Montana Lawmakers for Animal Welfare Legislation
HELENA, Mont. – Citizens from across Montana participating in Humane Lobby Day 2011 met with lawmakers Feb. 17 at the Capitol to urge them to pass legislation to regulate large-scale commercial dog breeding operations and facilities that sell dogs. The legislature is considering H.B. 390, sponsored by Rep. Margaret MacDonald, D-Billings, to regulate these types of facilities. Currently, Montana has no oversight over commercial dog breeders and facilities that sell dogs. The Humane Society of the United States is sponsoring Humane Lobby Day.
“Humane Lobby Day is an opportunity for animal advocates from around the state to bring their message to legislators in Helena,” said Wendy Hergenraeder, The HSUS’ Montana state director. “The Humane Society of the United States and our supporters here today are thrilled to work for legislation to crack down on puppy mill cruelty.”
Some commercial dog breeding operations mass-produce puppies for sale in pet stores and over the Internet. Focused solely on making a profit, these facilities keep dogs in crowded, filthy, conditions where they receive little or no socialization, veterinary care or exercise. When conditions are allowed to deteriorate at these facilities, the cost of cleaning up these operations can be crippling to local agencies.
Last year, state legislatures across the country passed nearly 100 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. Montana ranks 38th in the nation in terms of laws protecting animals. Weakest areas include animal fighting and animal cruelty.
The event took place at the Lewis and Clark Public Library.
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