February 21, 2012
Animal Advocates Gather at Indiana Capital to Lobby for Stronger Animal Fighting Legislation and Spay/Neuter Fund
The Humane Society of the United States hosted Humane Lobby Day 2012 at the statehouse in Indianapolis, bringing together animal advocates to meet with their elected officials and staff about legislation that will significantly impact animals.
Among the attendees were representatives from Casa Del Toro Pit Bull Education & Rescue, which has helped The HSUS rescue dogs in dogfighting raids, including the seizure of 20 dogs from a suspected dogfighting ring in Gary in July.
“This session, legislators have a chance to crackdown on the scourge of animal fighting and to make strides combatting pet overpopulation,” said Anne Sterling, The HSUS’ Indiana state director. “These face-to-face meetings between lawmakers, staff and committed voters are an important step toward reducing animal suffering.”
“Having spent the past several months working with dogs from a dog fighting bust in Gary, I have seen first-hand the devastating impact animal fighting has on our canine companions,” said Laurie Adams, president and founder of Casa Del Toro Pit Bull Education & Rescue. “We urge legislators to pass Senate Bill 11 to make it a felony to attend an animal fight.”
Humane Lobby Day attendees urged their legislators to support the following bills:
- S.B. 11 – Spectator admission fees help finance underground dogfighting and cockfighting rings. This bill would make attending an animal fight a felony, bringing Indiana in line with states like Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.
- H.B. 1331 – This bill would address the pet overpopulation problem by creating a statewide spay/neuter fund that would enable Medicaid recipients to have their pets spayed or neutered for a reduced fee.
Participants also asked legislators to oppose H.B. 1265, a bill that would legalize canned hunting for deer, elk and other animals coveted as trophies. In these captive or “canned” hunts, trophy seekers pay a fee to kill semi-tame animals inside fenced enclosures.
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