March 12, 2013
Humane Lobby Day Kicks Off in Indianapolis
Indiana animal advocates lobby lawmakers for greater protections for pets and wildlife
Indiana residents converged on the state capitol Tuesday to lobby for better animal welfare laws. Humane Lobby Day is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®).
Erin Huang, The HSUS’s Indiana state director said, “Humane Lobby Day is an opportunity for legislators to meet with Indiana residents who are concerned with animal welfare laws. On behalf of every member of The Humane Society of the United States in Indiana, I ask our legislators to take these messages to heart.”
Vicki Deisner, state director of ASPCA Government Relations for the Midwest said, “The ASPCA is encouraged by the support for animal welfare in Indiana, and we look forward to continuing to work with these passionate citizen lobbyists to further enhance protections for animals throughout the state. Animals cannot speak for themselves, so Humane Lobby Day provides legislators the opportunity to meet face to face with their constituents to address the importance of providing a voice for the animals.”
Humane Lobby Day participants met with their state legislators to express support for a fund that would allow the pets of Medicaid recipients to receive free spay and neuter services. Participants also lobbied for support of a continued ban on canned hunting. They showed opposition to efforts to legalize the shooting of captive animals in enclosures by overturning the ban.
In 2012, The Humane Society of the United States helped pass 74 new laws nationwide to help protect animals. Guests who made special appearances at Humane Lobby Day included Tia, a rescued Chihuahua mix who serves as a therapy dog and Coal, a rescued pit bull mix who now serves as a search and rescue dog.