February 22, 2012
Animal Advocates Lobby Vermont Lawmakers for Animal Welfare Legislation
The Humane Society of the United States, ASPCA, Vermont Humane Federation host Humane Lobby Day
Citizens from across Vermont participating in Humane Lobby Day 2012 will meet with lawmakers at the capitol to voice their support for several critical pieces of animal welfare legislation. The Humane Society of the United States is sponsoring Humane Lobby Day, along with the ASPCA and the Vermont Humane Federation.
Animal advocates will urge their legislators to pass the following:
· Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, H. 340. Introduced by Rep. Tony Klein, D- Washington-7, this bill would crack down on puppy mills, notoriously cruel operations that produce mass quantities of puppies who are sold in pet stores or online. Breeding dogs at puppy mills commonly are housed in overcrowded, filthy conditions, often with no veterinary care or human interaction.
· An Act Relating to Requiring that Certain Surgical Procedures on Dogs be Performed by a Licensed Veterinarian, H. 229. Introduced by Rep. Tony Klein, D-Washington-7, this bill requires certain complicated medical procedures to be performed only by veterinarians.
· An Act Relating to Ensuring the Humane Treatment and Slaughter of Animals, S.239. Introduced by Sen. Harold Giard, D-Addison, which would prohibit the use of cruel gestation crates for pregnant pigs.
Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, H. 340
“I’m proud to be sponsoring legislation to combat puppy mills in Vermont,” said Rep. Tony Klein, D-Washington (7)-1, who has seen two other high-profile cruelty cases involving backyard breeders come to light in his district over the past year. “This is a serious issue that deserves serious attention, and we need stronger laws to protect dogs from being kept in these horrendous conditions. This is not how we treat man’s best friend.”
“Vermonters need to stand up and say ‘no’ to the irresponsible and inhumane practices taking place in our state’s puppy mill operations, mass breeding facilities where parent dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter with no regard to their health or welfare,” said Joanne Bourbeau, The HSUS’ northeastern regional director in Vermont.
“The ASPCA has seen first-hand the unspeakable cruelty and horrific conditions of puppy mills,” said B.J. Rogers, director of community initiatives for the ASPCA. “It’s important for Vermont lawmakers to hear from their constituents and enact stronger laws to protect animals against such inherently cruel activities as puppy mills and the use of gestation crates."
Also during Humane Lobby Day, The Vermont Humane Federation and Franklin County Sen. Randy Brock, R- Franklin, will be presenting a “Humane Hero” award to 15- year-old Enosburg Falls resident Sallie Wilson. Wilson’s first-hand account of the conditions at a Bakersfield property and treatment of the animals there resulted in their rescue and ensuing criminal charges.
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