June 9, 2011
Animal Advocates Lobby Michigan Lawmakers for Animal Welfare Legislation
LANSING, Mich. – Citizens from across Michigan participated in Humane Lobby Day 2011 by meeting with lawmakers Tuesday at the Capitol and urging them to pass the following legislation: “Koda’s Bill,” which would end seizure of shelter animals by Class B dealers in Michigan for use in research laboratories, and “Grant’s Bills,” a package of two bills that would end gas chamber euthanasia in Michigan shelters and by Class B dealers. Both Grant’s Bills and Koda’s Bill are expected to be introduced soon. The Humane Society of the United States and Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan are sponsoring Humane Lobby Day.
“Citizens of Michigan care about the humane treatment of animals, and support legislation that would help prevent the most egregious forms of abuse against animals in our state,” said Jill Fritz, The HSUS’ Michigan state director
Koda’s Bill is named after a family dog who was relinquished to a Michigan animal control shelter and turned over to a Class B dealer who sold him to a Michigan research laboratory. Koda was killed during a training procedure at the lab. Grant’s Bills are named after a friendly dog who did not meet an adoption deadline and was killed in a Michigan animal control shelter’s gas chamber.
Michigan ranks 18th in the nation in terms of laws protecting animals. Weak areas include a lack of puppy mill laws and regulations restricting the ownership of exotic pets, but The HSUS is hopeful that legislation will be introduced soon to regulate large-scale dog breeding facilities and to prohibit ownership of primates as pets.
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