March 17, 2011
Animal Advocates Ask Nevada Lawmakers to Protect Animals at Humane Lobby Day 2011 in Carson City
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada animal advocates are meeting with state lawmakers in Carson City today to lobby for better animal welfare laws to protect their pets, wild horses and other wildlife throughout the state. The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund are sponsoring Humane Lobby Day.
Nevada citizens urged their lawmakers to support SB 226, sponsored by Sen. Sheila Leslie, D-Reno, which restricts the use of body-crushing, snare and leg-hold traps in Nevada counties with populations more than 100,000. Citizens also urged legislators to increase the penalties for animal cruelty and vote in favor of SB 223, a bill authored by Sen. Shirley Breeden, D-Henderson.
“Nevadans care about the humane treatment of animals, and support legislation that would help prevent the most egregious forms of abuse against our wildlife and pets,” said Holly Haley, The HSUS’ Nevada state director.
Animal advocates today are also advocating for the passage of other significant state animal protection bills awaiting introduction, including a bill authored by Sen. Allison Copening, D-Las Vegas, which will prohibit horse tripping and leg roping in non-sanctioned rodeos; and a bill authored by Assemblyman John Hambrick, R-Clark County, which prohibits breed discrimination and better defines a dangerous and vicious dog.
In 2010, 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.
Humane Lobby Day 2011 in Carson City started at 10 a.m. in Room 1214 at the Nevada Legislative Building on the Capitol Campus.
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