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March 7, 2013

Humane Lobby Day Kicks Off in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma animal advocates lobby lawmakers to protect horses, animals in shelters

Concerned Oklahomans converged on the state capitol for Humane Lobby Day in Oklahoma City on Thursday to lobby against bills that would legalize horse slaughter in Oklahoma. Humane Lobby Day is sponsored by The Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, The Humane Society of the United States and The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®).

Cynthia Armstrong, The HSUS’ Oklahoma state director, said: “We’re thrilled to see people from across the state come to the capitol and speak up for the animals. Animal protection is a bi-partisan issue that has unwavering support among Oklahoma voters.”

Humane Lobby Day participants met with their state legislators to lobby against HB1999 and SB375, bills that would repeal Oklahoma’s 50-year ban on horse slaughter, paving the way for a horse slaughter plant to open in Oklahoma.

Ann Church, vice president of state affairs for the ASPCA, said: “The ASPCA was thrilled to see so many Oklahomans take a stand today against horse slaughter, which is an inherently cruel and inhumane practice. We hope the Oklahoma Legislature took note of this, and will oppose HB 1999 and SB 375 when they come before them again for consideration as these bills pose a serious threat to the local economy, and the environment and reputation of Oklahoma.”

Oklahoma ranks 30th 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. Oklahoma has some strong animal protection laws, but there is still plenty of room for improvement.

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

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.

Media Contacts:

The HSUS – Anna West, 301-258-1518, awest@humanesociety.org

The ASPCA – Maureen Linehan, 646-706-4602, maureen.linehan@aspca.org

OAA -- Jamee Suarez-Howard, 918-625-8188, jamee@AnimalAllianceOK.org

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