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California State Sen. Loni Hancock Receives 2010 Humane State Legislator Award

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Humane Society of the United States, on behalf of its more than 1.3 million supporters in the Golden State, is pleased to announce that California state Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, has been selected as California’s Humane State Legislator for 2010. Each year, The HSUS, the nation's largest animal protection organization, recognizes state lawmakers across the country who have initiated path-breaking animal protection legislation and demonstrably advanced reform in the policy-making arena.

Sen. Hancock has been a long-time supporter of animal welfare issues and received perfect scores from the Humane Society Legislative Fund for 2009 and 2010. From safeguards for animals raised for food to defending California’s wildlife, Senator Hancock has been on the forefront of animal protection legislation. She is now a co-chair of the legislative animal protection caucus, which in its second year counts 26 bi-partisan members.

“The Humane Society of the United States is pleased to honor Senator Hancock for her skill, compassion and tenacity in advancing key animal protection laws,” said Jennifer Fearing, California senior state director for The HSUS. “She’s been at the forefront of so many of the most pressing issues affecting California’s animals, and we’re enormously grateful for her extraordinary work.”

Hancock carried legislation that sought to provide basic humane treatment for calves and female pigs used for breeding by prohibiting the use of pig and veal calf crates.  The legislation would have required more humane treatment of these animals by banning the use of tethers and crates, and instead required conditions that would allow the animals to turn around freely, lie down and groom themselves. These bills comprise two-thirds of what ultimately became Proposition 2, the farm animal protection measure that was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2008. 

She demonstrated her commitment to protecting California’s wildlife by leading the effort to improve safety measures related to oil tankers, after the 2007 San Francisco Bay oil spill that claimed the lives of thousands of waterfowl and damaged wildlife habitat.

Sen. Hancock also introduced legislation to prohibit the practice of “field coursing,” after media accounts in California highlighted the gruesome sport in which dogs such as greyhounds and whippets are judged on how well they stalk and kill wild rabbits and foxes.

“I thank The Humane Society of the United States for this great honor,” said Sen. Hancock.  “It’s especially meaningful to receive this award from the nation’s most prominent animal welfare and protection organization, and I look forward to continuing my work and partnership with The HSUS in the years to come.” 


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