May 1, 2012
BOSTON, May 1, 2012 – The MSPCA-Angell announced today that over 100 citizen activists participated in last Thursday’s Lobby Day event by engaging lawmakers on several comprehensive animal protection measures currently in process. The MSPCA also honored several lawmakers—including Representatives Coakley-Rivera and Lewis; and Senators Chang-Diaz, Jehlen and Clark—with special awards to acknowledge their tireless work to advance animal protection in the Commonwealth.
Citizens Mobilize for Animals
The impressive turnout for Lobby Day 2012 could not have come at a more critical time, as six important animal protection bills are in various stages of passage on Beacon Hill. MSPCA Advocacy officials briefed all participants on the pending legislation in advance to prepare them for their meetings with lawmakers. Said citizen lobbyist Liliya Brenner of her experience, “This was the first time I participated in Lobby Day and it was an exhilarating experience. My own research, combined with the overview the MSPCA provided, prepared me well for my discussions with lawmakers. I found it empowering to use my voice to speak for the voiceless—and to use my energy to advocate for the safety and protection of animals in our state.”
Honoring Lawmakers who Prioritize Animal Protection
The MSPCA’s Advocacy team presented legislative leadership awards to a number of lawmakers in recognition of their commitment to protecting animals via the legislative process, even when such measures are not popular on Beacon Hill. Said Kara Holmquist, who leads Advocacy efforts at the MSPCA: “We’ve worked extremely hard to advance an array of important animal protection measures over the last year—and we’re very happy to see the progress these bills have made.” She added, “Our work is never done—and none of it would be possible without the support of lawmakers who remain committed to improving animal welfare standards in Massachusetts.”
This year’s Lobby Day event was a collaboration between the MSPCA, The Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, the Animal Control Officers Association of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Animal Coalition and the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
The MSPCA Advocacy team encourages anyone who would like to be kept up to date on animal related legislation to join its Animal Action Team by signing up at www.mspca.org/JoinTheTeam.
The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions from individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mspcaangell