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April 25, 2013

Massachusetts Animal Advocates Lobby Lawmakers to Protect Pets and Farm Animals

Winners of State House Pet Photo Contest Announced

Residents concerned about animal welfare from across Massachusetts converged on the state capitol for Humane Lobby Day to lobby for better animal welfare laws to protect farm animals and pets. At the event, sixth graders from Boston’s Advent School announced the winners of the State House pet photo contest.

“People from across the state have come to Boston to speak up for the animals,” said Alexis Fox, The Humane Society of the United States’ state director for Massachusetts. “Animal protection is a bi-partisan issue that has tremendous support among Massachusetts voters.”

Humane Lobby Day participants are meeting with their state legislators to lobby in support of legislation that will ban the extreme confinement of breeding pigs in small gestation crates. Attendees also will urge lawmakers to pass the Pets in Disaster Bill and An Act to Protect Puppies and Kittens, SB 401 & HB 1874, which will prohibit the sale of cats and dogs less than eight weeks, give families more recourse options if they purchase sick puppies and allow for regulations to prevent irresponsible dog and cat breeding.

Massachusetts ranks 2nd 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. Massachusetts has a strong law against animal fighting and recently included pets in protective orders.

The winners of the State House photo contest are:

  • Most Adorable Cat: Owen O'Leary. Submitted by Hannah Buntich, constituent services for Sen. Ken Donnelly.
  • Most Adorable Dog: Roxie. Submitted by Shelly MacNeill, chief of staff for Sen. Michael Moore.
  • Most Adorable Furry Friend: Winona, Henry and Tatun. Submitted by Jeanine Knowlton, constituent services for Rep. Keiko Orrall.

Photos of the State House photo contest winners are available upon request. 

Media Contacts: Anna West: 301-258-1518; awest@humanesociety.org

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