February 19, 2013
Humane Lobby Day Kicks Off in Boise
Idaho animal advocates lobby lawmakers to protect pets
Citizens from across Idaho are participating in Humane Lobby Day to meet with lawmakers and lobby for stronger laws to protect animals from cruelty. The Humane Society of the United States and The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) sponsor Humane Lobby Day.
“We’re pleased to work with citizens from across the state who have come to Boise today to speak up for animals,” said Lisa Kauffman, The HSUS’ Idaho state director. “Animal protection is a bipartisan issue that has tremendous support in Idaho.”
“Lobby days provide a great opportunity for citizens to meet with their representatives and discuss the importance of animal welfare laws to protect the animals who cannot advocate for themselves,” said Ann Church, vice president of state affairs for the ASPCA. “We look forward to continuing to work with legislators in Idaho to move towards a more comprehensive plan to protect animals throughout the state.”
Humane Lobby Day participants are meeting with their state legislators to lobby in support of HB 111, felony provision legislation which would define animal torture and help to protect pets. While HB 111 could be much stronger, and only punishes animal torture as a felony on the third offense, it helps to move Idaho toward stronger laws against animal cruelty and abuse.
Idaho ranks 50th – almost dead last out of 51 states and Washington, D.C. – in The Humane Society of the United States’ 2012 “Humane State 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 ASPCA granted more than $85,000 to Idaho animal welfare groups in 2012 to aid in local animal protection efforts.
The HSUS – Anna West, 240-751-2669, firstname.lastname@example.org
The ASPCA – Maureen Linehan, 646-706-4602, email@example.com