Kellie Roberts, Canine Care Supervisor; Wendy Reber, Community Liaison; Rachel Higham, Community Liaison; and Erin Johnson, Adoption Coordinator, attended Humane Lobby Day 2012 at the Capitol in Harrisburg with other citizens from across Pennsylvania. Higham & Johnson on behalf of Bradford County visiting the office of Senator Yaw and Representatives Baker & Pickett. Roberts & Reber represented Tioga County and visited the office of Senator Scarnati.
Each met with lawmakers on behalf of legislation to reduce animal suffering in the state. Top-priority measures would ban the private possession of exotic animals as pets, prohibit the use of carbon monoxide chambers to euthanize animals, and outlaw live pigeon shoots. The Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA® hosted Humane Lobby Day. In addition to Animal Care Sanctuary, Lobby Day was also attended by representatives from Humane League of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Animal Welfare Network, and many others interested in Animal Welfare.
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, presented Rep. John Maher, R-Allegheny, with the Humane Legislator of the Year award for his tireless efforts to crack down on animal cruelty and his leadership in the Pennsylvania Animal Protection Caucus.
“The turnout at Humane Lobby Day is clear proof that Pennsylvanians care deeply about all animals,” said Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania state director for The HSUS. “These face-to-face meetings between lawmakers, staff and committed voters are an important step toward raising awareness and reducing animal suffering.”
It’s very important for Pennsylvania lawmakers to hear from their constituents by phone, letter, or in person. Attendees urged their legislators to support the following bills:
H.B. 1398 to ban the private possession of exotic animals as pets. Several horrific cases of captive wild animals mauling their owners or escaping and threatening the community demonstrate the necessity of this legislation. It is nearly impossible to provide a quality standard of living for exotic wildlife in private menageries. This legislation will protect both the animals and the public from the perils of substandard enclosures.
S.B. 1329 to ban the use of carbon monoxide chambers to euthanize animals. The carbon monoxide chamber can only provide humane euthanasia in the most ideal circumstances, which can rarely, if ever, be met by shelters and private animal control operators. This legislation will ban the use of carbon monoxide chambers to euthanize all except the most dangerous animals and put into place a system for shelters to gain access to euthanasia drugs which are safer, more efficient, and capable of providing a more humane death. The HSUS and ASPCA urge all Pennsylvanians to spay and neuter their pets and adopt animals from shelters to minimize the need for euthanasia.
S.B. 626 to ban live pigeon shoots. For too long, Pennsylvania has played host to out-of-state shooters who wound thousands of live birds each year for fun and prizes. Live pigeon shoots are underground events where contestants compete to shoot down the most birds within a designated scoring area.
If you are interested in becoming an advocate for animals, contact Animal Care Sanctuary today at 570-724-3687 or 570-596-2200 or visit our website animalcaresanctuary.org and donate today!