June 19, 2013
Humane Lobby Day Kicks Off in California
Animal advocates travel to Capitol to lobby for humane legislation
Californians concerned about animal welfare met with lawmakers at the state capitol for Humane Lobby Day on Wednesday to lobby for better laws to protect wildlife. The Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) sponsored Humane Lobby Day.
Attendees rallied on behalf of pending animal protection legislation that will end cruel trapping on wildlife, stop the sale of live animals at swap meets, protect bobcats from trapping and sale for the fur trade and require non-lead ammunition in hunting.
Jennifer Fearing, California senior state director for The HSUS said: “It was an invigorating day, with dozens of advocates filling the halls of the Capitol on behalf of animals. It’s clear that animal protection is an issue that has tremendous support among Californians.”
Kevin O’Neill, senior state director of ASPCA Government Relations for the Western region said: “Animals suffer in silence unless we give them a voice, but Californians speak loudly and clearly when it comes to animal protection. The ASPCA is proud to cosponsor Humane Lobby Day, and we look forward to continuing to work with lawmakers to increase protections for animals throughout California.”
Senate president pro tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, Senator Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, Assemblymembers Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, and Mike Gatto, D-Glendale, attended the event. Leaders from Butte Humane Society, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, Sacramento SPCA, San Francisco SPCA, Marin Humane Society, Santa Cruz SPCA, State Humane Association of California and Yolo County SPCA also joined the event.
California ranks first 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. California recently banned the cruel hounding of bears and bobcats.
The HSUS: Kaitlin Sanderson, 301-721-6463, firstname.lastname@example.org
ASPCA: Maureen Linehan, 646-706-4602, Maureen.Linehan@aspca.org