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March 8, 2013

Humane Lobby Day Kicks Off in Carson City

Nevada animal advocates lobby lawmakers on exotic pets, animal fighting and horse protection bills

Nevadans concerned about animal welfare converged on the state capitol for Humane Lobby Day to meet with lawmakers and lobby for better animal protection laws. The Humane Society of the United States and The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) sponsored Humane Lobby Day.

Humane Lobby Day participants met with their state legislators to lobby in support of several important measures, including S.B. 72, which would add horse tripping to the animal cruelty statutes. Sen. Mark Manendo, D District 21, introduced that bill. Participants will also support legislation to increase the penalties for cockfighting. That bill – S.B. 83 – is sponsored by the Committee of Natural. Advocates also voiced support for a bill that would prohibit the possession of some dangerous wild animals as pets including big cats, bears, primates, wolves, alligators and crocodiles. Sen. Michael Roberson, R District 20, is expected to introduce that legislation.

Holly Haley, Nevada state director for The HSUS said: “Nevadans have a high regard for animals and their welfare.  These bills protect public safety, public health and animals, and Humane Lobby Day is a way to make sure that the message of broad public support reaches home with Nevada lawmakers.”

Kevin O’Neill, senior state legislative director of ASPCA Government Relations for the Western region stated: “The ASPCA welcomes the outpouring of concern for animals evident at Humane Lobby Day, as we invite citizen lobbyists to meet with their representatives to discuss the importance of passing animal welfare legislation. Nevada is considering bills that would stop cruelty in the name of entertainment as well as the inhumane and dangerous use of wildlife as pets and we look forward to working with state lawmakers to ensure that this legislation is successful.”

With more than 2.5 million members, the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade is a powerful force for change. The ASPCA works closely with animal advocates and state legislators to enact the strongest possible legal protections to safeguard animals from cruelty, combat animal fighting, halt wildlife abuse and more.

In The Humane Society of the United States’ 2012 “Humane State Rankings,” Nevada ranks 22nd based on a range of laws dealing with pets, animal cruelty and fighting, wildlife, animals in research, horses and farm animals. Nevada can be proud of having some strong animal protection laws, but as Humane Lobby Day demonstrates, voters expect improvement.

In 2012, The Humane Society of the United States helped pass 74 new laws to help protect animals.

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