February 25, 2013
BOSTON, Feb. 25, 2013 – The MSPCA-Angell’s Advocacy team today announced its 2013 “Lobby 101” seminar series calendar, designed to magnify the effectiveness of everyday advocates who contact state and local officials to protect animals in Massachusetts. The Lobby 101 program provides a comprehensive overview of both the legislative process as well as pending animal protection legislation the MSPCA deems most critical. During the sessions MSPCA Advocacy experts will offer top-level recommendations for advocates who want to use their voices more effectively.
The 2013 calendar is included in the MSPCA’s Animal Action Team Resource Center and includes the following dates:
The Lobby 101 seminars culminate in the annual Lobby Day for the Animals at the State House in Boston on Thursday, April 25 from 10:00.a.m. to 4:00p.m. Lobby Day for the Animals marks the most important date on the calendar for animal advocates who—armed with new and effective tactics gained from attending Lobby 101 seminars—meet one-on-one with lawmakers to make their case for stronger animal protection legislation. The MSPCA’s Advocacy team will again be front and center at Lobby Day to help advocates make the most of their time with lawmakers.
Said Kara Holmquist, director of advocacy for the MSPCA-Angell: “The past year has been a seminal period for animal welfare, with the passage of some of the strongest animal protection legislation in the history of our state. Whether it’s keeping pets safe from antifreeze; ensuring the inclusion of pets in domestic violence restraining orders; or eliminating draconian and ineffective breed discrimination ordinances—we rely on every day citizens to join in our efforts. The Lobby 101 series is critical to helping all of us become better advocates.”
The MSPCA encourages everyone who cares about the humane treatment of animals to get involved in the Lobby 101 program. “As in years past, the feedback from past participants has informed the constant evolution of the Lobby 101 program,” said Linda Huebner, deputy director of Advocacy, MSPCA-Angell. “The 2013 seminars will not only be action packed, but will occur in areas with high concentrations of concerned citizens. I’m really looking forward to this year’s events!”
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The 2013 Lobby 101 events mark the passing of a significant legislative milestone that the MSPCA played a key role in passing: the animal control act of 2012. The new law protects animals in a number of important ways—from eliminating “breed specific” dog discrimination and requiring animal control officers to receive special training, to creating a statewide spay/neuter program to reduce the number of homeless animals in Massachusetts.
The Advocacy team also doubled down efforts to strengthen existing antifreeze protections by requiring bittering agent to be added to large wholesale containers of the toxic substance---which will save the lives of countless pets and wild animals who might otherwise drink from anti-freeze laden puddles. “We’re very eager and motivated to extend our animal protection momentum into 2013 and hope our supporters will join us,” said Holmquist.
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 of individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org.