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Connecticut Lawmakers Receive Humane Legislator Awards

State Rep. Diana Urban and Rep. Jack Hennessy Honored for Advocating for Animal Welfare Legislation

The Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal protection organization, recognizes state legislators across the country who have initiated positive animal protection legislation and advanced reform in their state. The HSUS is pleased to announce that Rep. Diana Urban, D-North Stonington, Stonington, and Rep. Jack Hennessy, D-Bridgeport, were each presented with a 2011 Humane State Legislator Award for their leadership. 

"The animals of Connecticut are fortunate to have strong voices like Representatives Urban and Hennessy willing to step up to the plate and fight for what is right," said Annie Hornish, Connecticut State Director for The HSUS. "Thanks to their efforts, wildlife watchers, horseback riders, hikers, and other outdoor recreationalists will continue to enjoy peaceful and safe recreation on Sundays, and law enforcement will now have improved informational tools they need to crack down on child and animal abusers alike.” 

Rep. Urban and Rep. Hennessy were honored for their work in blocking H.B. 11-5158, legislation which would have opened Sundays to hunting and stripped the one day a week dedicated to non-hunting recreation. Hunters already enjoy recreational opportunities disproportionate with their numbers, and this legislation would have created an even greater imbalance among outdoor users. 

H.B. 11-6226/Public Act 11-194, landmark legislation introduced by Rep. Urban, requires the cross reporting of child abuse and animal cruelty, acknowledging the link between animal abuse and future violent behavior, a relationship that has been recognized by the FBI since 1971. 

“I depend on the support from The HSUS members’ letters and phone calls. This reward belongs to all of us,” said Rep. Urban. 

“I am grateful to receive this award,” said Rep. Hennessy. “I thank The HSUS supporters who back my efforts to make this world a better place for animals.” 


Media Contact: Katie Jarl: kjarl@humanesociety.org, 713-516-7892