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April 11, 2013

Humane Lobby Day Kicks Off in Wisconsin

Animal advocates lobby Wisconsin lawmakers to protect exotic animals

Wisconsinites concerned about animal welfare converged on the state capitol for Humane Lobby Day in Madison on Wednesday to lobby for better laws to protect exotic animals. Humane Lobby Day was sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States.

“Humane Lobby Day is a great opportunity to speak up for animals,” said Alyson Bodai, Wisconsin state director for The HSUS. “Animal protection is a bipartisan issue that has tremendous support among Wisconsin voters.”

Lobby Day participants met with their state legislators to lobby in support of legislation that would regulate the private ownership of dangerous exotic animals. Wisconsin is one of only six states with no laws on keeping dangerous wild animals. This much needed legislation would not only protect the welfare of these animals, but the safety of Wisconsin residents.  

Wisconsin ranks 34th 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 Wisconsin has some strong laws against animal cruelty, there are plenty of gaps that need to be closed. 

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463, ksanderson@humanesociety.org 

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