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April 18, 2013

Humane Lobby Day Kicks Off in Colorado

Animal advocates lobby Colorado lawmakers to protect pets

Coloradans concerned about animal welfare converged on the state capitol for Humane Lobby Day in Denver on Wednesday to lobby for better laws to protect pets. Humane Lobby Day was sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), Colorado Voters for Animals and Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare.

Holly Tarry, Colorado state director for The HSUS said: “Humane Lobby Day is a wonderful opportunity for advocates to come out and speak up for animals. Animal protection is a bipartisan issue that has tremendous support among Colorado residents.”

Deborah Foote, state director of ASPCA Government Relations for the Southwest region said: “Humane Lobby Day allows citizens the opportunity to engage with their representatives to discuss the need for animal welfare laws to better protect the animals who cannot advocate for themselves. We look forward to working with lawmakers to ensure the successful passage of animal welfare legislation throughout the year.”

Lori Greenstone, president of Colorado Voters for Animals said: “Colorado Voters for Animals believes that political activity is a critical component to animal advocacy and is proud to co-sponsor Humane Lobby Day, an important opportunity for voters to let our legislators know that animal issues are election issues.”

Chery Saipe, president of Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare said: "3CW is proud to cosponsor Humane Lobby Day and support the two dog related bills in the legislature this year – the Dog Protection Act and the bill designating shelter dogs and cats as the state pet. It is great to have the opportunity to tell our law makers face-to-face that these issues are important to their constituents."

Humane Lobby Day participants met with their state legislators to lobby in support of numerous animal protection bills, including SB 201, which would designate dogs and cats adopted from Colorado animal shelters as the state pets of Colorado, sponsored by Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood; and SB 226, which would help reduce the number of dogs shot by law enforcement officers by creating a ‘dog protection task force,’ sponsored by Sen. David Balmer, R-Centennial.

Colorado ranks 7th 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. While Colorado has some strong laws against animal cruelty, there are plenty of gaps that need to be closed. 

Media Contacts:

The Humane Society of the United States: Kaitlin Sanderson, 301-721-6463, ksanderson@humanesociety.org 

The ASPCA: Maureen Linehan, 646-706-4602; Maureen.Linehan@aspca.org

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