February 14, 2013
Humane Lobby Day Kicks Off in Frankfort
Kentucky animal advocates lobby lawmakers for greater protections for pets
Citizens from across Kentucky converged on the state capitol Thursday to lobby for better animal welfare laws. Humane Lobby Day is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States, the Kentucky Animal Welfare Alliance and the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®).
“It’s wonderful to see so many advocates from across the state speaking up for animals,” said Pam Rogers, The HSUS’s Kentucky state director. “The people of Kentucky want stronger laws on the books to protect animals from cruelty, and they have come here to show it. The Humane Society of the United States is proud to stand with them and urge lawmakers to support animal protection issues.”
“Lobby days provide legislators the opportunity to meet face to face with their constituents to address the importance of providing a voice for the animals, who cannot speak for themselves,” said Vicki Deisner, state director of ASPCA Government Relations for the Midwest. “The ASPCA is encouraged by the support for animal welfare in Kentucky, and we look forward to continuing to work with these passionate citizen lobbyists to further enhance protections for animals throughout the state.”
Humane Lobby Day participants met with their state legislators to lobby in support of HB 195, which will help protect pets in domestic violence situations. The measure is sponsored by Rep. Joni L. Jenkins, D-Shively. Citizens lobbied for a second bill, HB 235, which would require persons convicted of animal cruelty to forfeit any abused animals. HB 235 is sponsored by Rep. Ron Crimm, R-Louisville.
In 2012, The Humane Society of the United States helped pass 74 new laws nationwide to help protect animals.
Guests who made special appearances at Humane Lobby Day included Karma, a Maltese recovering from injuries after he was sealed in a garbage bag and tossed from a moving car in Louisville last October, and Louisville TV and radio personality Tara Bassett, who served as emcee for the day’s press conference and rally.