February 28, 2011
Animal Advocates Lobby Oklahoma Lawmakers for Animal Welfare Legislation
Citizens from across Oklahoma participating in Humane Lobby Day 2011 will meet with lawmakers Monday at the capitol to urge them to oppose SB773 which would significantly weaken the Commercial Pet Breeders Act which was passed in 2010 to crack down on puppy mills in Oklahoma. The Humane Society of the United States is sponsoring Humane Lobby Day. Citizen lobbyists will also ask legislators to strengthen penalties for spectators at dogfights.
“Oklahoma is the second largest puppy producing state in the nation,” said Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma state director for The HSUS. “Dogs in these facilities deserve protection and breeders should adhere to basic standards of animal welfare including the modest regulations established by the Oklahoma Commercial Pet Breeders Board.”
Also taking part in the lobby day is former Oklahoma Attorney General W. Drew Edmondson who will be receiving a Humane Law Enforcement award and Sen. Patrick Anderson and Rep. Lee Denney who will be receiving Humane Legislator Awards for their work to pass the Commercial Pet Breeders Act in 2010.
Oklahoma is currently ranked number 27 in the country on animal welfare issues, according to a 2010 annual survey. 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.
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