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March 8, 2011

Animal Advocates Lobby Minnesota Lawmakers for Animal Welfare Legislation

Coyote protection and ending pound seizures among top priorities

Citizens from across Minnesota participating in Humane Lobby Day 2011 will meet with lawmakers Tuesday at the Capitol to urge them to pass legislation which will prohibit publicly funded shelters from surrendering lost or stray pets for research and testing. 

Citizen advocates will also ask legislators to oppose SF 228 which would establish bounty payments for coyotes.  

The Humane Society of the United States and Minnesota Voters for Animal Protection are sponsoring Humane Lobby Day. 

“Minnesotans don’t want their lost pets to be used in research and testing,” said Howard Goldman, Minnesota state director for The HSUS. “We are urging state legislators to give shelter pets a fair chance and not subject these animals to a prolonged lifetime of suffering inside a research laboratory.” 

HSUS Humane Legislator Awards will be presented to Sen. Sandra Pappas, D – District 65, Sen. Scott Dibble, D – District 60, Rep. Michael Paymar, D – District 64B and Rep. Joe Mullery, D – District 58A. 

Minnesota is currently ranked number 30 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 protecting animals. 

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