March 21, 2013
Delaware Animal Advocates Lobby Lawmakers to Protect Sharks, Pets and Wildlife
Delaware residents concerned about animal welfare converged on the state capitol for Humane Lobby Day. Advocates met with their legislators to lobby for strong animal welfare laws, such as House Bill 41, which would prohibit the sale of shark fins in Delaware and end the state’s role in the cruel global shark finning industry. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Earl Jaques, D-Glasgow. Lobby day participants also shared with legislators their desire to see greater protections for wildlife and companion animals in Delaware.
Humane Lobby Day was sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States and Delaware Votes For Animals.
“It was great to see advocates from across the state come to the capital to speak up for animals,” said Hetti Brown, The HSUS’ Delaware state director. “Animal protection is a bi-partisan issue that has tremendous support in Delaware. It’s important for our state legislature to act on these issues.”
“Delaware residents who care about protecting animals are proving to be a powerful political force,” said Patricia Haddock, president of Delaware Votes For Animals. “Protecting animals from cruelty is a mainstream value, and legislators are hearing the message that animals matter.”
Delaware ranked 23rd in The Humane Society of the United States’ 2012 Humane State Rankings, which grades each state and the District of Columbia based on a wide range of animal protection laws dealing with pets, animal cruelty and fighting, wildlife, animals in research, horses and farm animals. Delaware has some strong animal protection laws, including tough penalties for animal fighting and comprehensive laws regarding spay/neuter and pet overpopulation. However, there is still plenty of room for improvement.
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