March 24, 2011
Animal Advocates Lobby Maine Lawmakers for Animal Welfare Legislation
AUGUSTA, Maine – Citizens from across Maine participating in Humane Lobby Day 2011 will meet with their lawmakers Thursday at the capitol to urge them to pass a variety of important animal welfare bills. The Humane Society of the United States, on behalf of its 72,000 members in the state, and Maine Friends of Animals are sponsoring Humane Lobby Day.
“Mainers need to stand up and let their lawmakers know that animal welfare issues are important to them,” said Katie Lisnik, The HSUS’ Maine state director. “We encourage advocates to join us for Humane Lobby Day and do just that.”
Humane Lobby Day 2011 will focus on a bill to prevent severe pain and distress in laboratory animals, and another to prevent the slaughter of horses for human consumption in Maine (or their transportation into Canada or Mexico for that purpose). Advocates will also be asking legislators to vote against bills to allow Sunday hunting and coyote killing programs.
Last year, state legislatures across the country passed 97 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.
Maine came in fifth in The HSUS’ 2010 Humane State Ranking, a comprehensive report rating all 50 states and DC on a wide range of animal protection laws. The Pine Tree State has protected farm animals by passing a law to ban the intensive confinement of animals on factory farms, and protects pets by requiring animals adopted from shelters to be spayed and neutered and prohibits the use of gas chambers for euthanasia. However, bear trapping and canned hunts are still allowed.
Participants will meet at the Hill Mansion for legislative briefings and advocacy training and will then move on to the State House to meet with their legislators. Find out more about pending Maine legislation here.
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