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March 13, 2012

Animal Advocates Gather at Ohio Capitol to Lobby for Animal Welfare Legislation

Animal fighting, exotic animals and puppy mill legislation among top priorities

ASPCA®, Ohioans for Humane Farms

Citizens from across Ohio participating in Humane Lobby Day 2012 assembled at the state house in Columbus to urge legislators to pass bills cracking down on animal fighting, puppy mills and the private ownership of dangerous exotic pets. The Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA and Ohioans for Humane Farms sponsored Humane Lobby Day.

Attendees urged their legislators to strengthen S.B. 310, legislation to restrict the ownership of dangerous wild animals, support H.B. 260, legislation to make the vicious blood sport of cockfighting a felony, and to strengthen and support S.B. 130, legislation to crack down on puppy mills.

“Humane Lobby Day is a chance for Ohio lawmakers to see how deeply Ohio citizens care about animal welfare,” said Karen Minton, Ohio state director for The HSUS. “It's important for Ohio lawmakers to hear from their constituents and enact stronger laws on animal fighting, puppy mills and exotic animal ownership.”

“Ohio residents care about the humane treatment of animals,” said Vicki Deisner, ASPCA state legislative director. “We hope our supporters will use the information they obtained today throughout the year and continue to impress upon legislators their commitment to enacting stronger laws to protect animals from inhumane puppy mills and cruel blood sports.”

Ohio ranks 36th in The HSUS’ 2011 state animal protection rankings, which grades each state based on a wide range of animal protection laws dealing with pets, animal cruelty and fighting, wildlife, animals in research, horses and farm animals. The state gained points for moving to ban the extreme confinement of animals on factory farms.

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Media Contacts:  HSUS – Katie Jarl, 301-258-1483, kjarl@humanesociety.org
                         ASPCA - Rebecca Goldrick, 646-291-4582, rebecca.goldrick@aspca.org

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