April 24, 2013
Animal Advocates Lobby Connecticut Lawmakers to Support Animal Welfare Legislation
Connecticut residents participating in Humane Lobby Day met with lawmakers to advocate for several bills that would improve the welfare of animals in the state. Participants lobbied in support of H.B. 6317, which ban the inhumane confinement of breeding pigs in gestation crates, and H.B. 5027, which requires minimum standards of care for dogs in large-scale puppy mills and prevents the sale of dogs from breeding operations that do not meet those standards. They also urged passage of H.B. 5844, which bans nighttime dog chaining and restricts dog chaining in harsh weather conditions, and H.B. 6690, to allow courts to appoint an advocate for the welfare or custody of an animal involved in a civil or criminal case.
The Humane Society of the United States, ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and Connecticut Votes for Animals sponsored Humane Lobby Day.
Annie Hornish, Connecticut state director for The HSUS, said: “This session, legislators have a chance to improve conditions for pigs on factory farms, crack down on inhumane puppy mills, and increase protections for pets. Face-to-face meetings between lawmakers, staff and committed voters are an important step toward reducing animal suffering.”
Debora Bresch, Esq., senior state director of ASPCA Government Relations for the Mid-Atlantic region, said: “Humane Lobby Day allows citizens to meet with their legislators to discuss important animal welfare issues, and advocate on behalf of the animals, who cannot speak for themselves. The ASPCA was happy to see so many concerned citizens from across Connecticut come out in support of animal welfare legislation, and make sure that their voices were heard.”
Amy Harrell, president of Connecticut Votes for Animals, said: “Humane Lobby Day is an exciting way to demonstrate that Connecticut voters care deeply for animals. Each year, an ever greater number of these voters are empowered to speak to their lawmakers on behalf of animals, and I am seeing the results of this empowerment first-hand in legislative victories.”
Connecticut ranked 12th 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. Connecticut has strong animal fighting and animal cruelty laws, but lacks any laws to protect animals on factory farms from intense confinement.