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"Speak!" at lobby day for animals coming to PA State Capitol

March 27, 2009 - Amy Jo Hanna-Eckenrode
(left: Mazey says, phooey on the nay-sayers! Think positive)

The protection and welfare of animals is an extremely emotional issue for many.

We volunteer, we adopt and care for homeless pets, we petition, join rescue groups and hold fund raisers all in an effort to help.

However, learning why effective lobbying is an important foundation for establishing a strong platform on which to stand in the fight for animal rights can be the key to our success.

As emotional as the issue can become, try to remember the old adage ‘you can attract more bees with honey than vinegar’.

The Humane Society of the US is holding Lobby Day events in every state through April 19. These events are created for us ‘lay people’ who want to do more to help but are not sure how to make the most impact – or sometimes even where to begin.

For PA residents, Humane Lobby Day will be held at the state capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday, March 31, 2009.

The event is being hosted by Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania State Director and although the guest list has been closed you can contact Sarah at , (717) 440-5527, with questions or information about future events.

These Lobby Days provide an incredible opportunity to meet directly with elected officials or their staff about legislation that will significantly impact animals. There are briefings on tips for lobbying and an overview of pending animal legislation which will prepare you to meet your elected officials and advocate for animals.

Check out this site on the ASPCA featuring tips on “Lobbying 101” including:

    * Creating Animal Protection Laws: How We Begin
    * Introducing a Bill
    * How a Bill Becomes a Law
    * Grassroots Advocacy: Working With Your Elected Officials
    * Letter Writing Campaigns
    * Model Letter Format

You CAN be a voice for animals in your state. Learn how to communicate and be heard - and together we can make a tremendous difference for so many abused and neglected animals.

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