Animal advocates to lobby lawmakers today

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – State lawmakers will be hearing from animal welfare advocates today in the Capitol.

Today is the annual Michigan Humane Lobby Day when representatives from more than 26 Michigan animal shelters, rescue groups and the Humane Society of the United States gather to pitch animal protection.

They will be supporting bills protecting dogs in commercial breeding facilities, increase penalties for animal cruelty in domestic violence cases and require humane euthanasia procedures in animal shelters.

The lawmakers will also be meeting with four-legged lobbyists. The groups will be escorted by puppy mill survivor dogs when they meet with legislators.

Meetings with lawmakers are scheduled from noon until 3:00 p.m. today.

Read the proposed legislation online:

HB 4898 and SB 339 would regulate the operation of large-scale commercial dog breeding facilities

SB 403 would end the use of carbon monoxide gas chamber euthanasia in Michigan animal shelters

SB 28 and SB 29 would increase penalties for cruelty to animals in domestic violence cases and for cruelty to large numbers of animals

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