Humane Lobby Day 2015

Attention Animal Advocates!
 
The Humane Lobby Day 2015 will be held on February 9th and is sponsored by Iowa Voters for Companion Animals.

We are THRILLED this year that, in addition to ourlobbing efforts, Dr. Frank McMillan from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary will present to our group over lunch, prior to heading over to the Capital.  Dr. McMillan, a board-certified specialist in veterinary internal medicine and leading expert on emotional pain in animals, will present his findings from his study of more than 1000 dogs used in large-scale breeding operations.  His study of this animal population confirms what many animal welfare advocates already knew: That dogs used in puppy mills are damaged by the experience.

This event is held in Des Moines on February 9th. We are still finalizing the details, but tentatively plan on leaving around 8:00 AM from southwest Cedar Rapids and we will make stops in Coralville and Williamsburg to pick up participants.  We are typically back in Cedar Rapids by 5:00 PM.  We are chartering a bus, so we need your help to fill it up! The event is so important… it’s our chance as advocates to show a collective voice on behalf of the animals suffering in puppy mills across the state of Iowa.

Yes, we are #2 in the nation for mills.
It is imperative that we unite to force laws that will protect these animals who are at the mercy of factory breeders. To bring legislation to the floor of the Iowa House, bills have to be allowed to pass through for debate on the floor.  No pressure from constituents — no debate and another year of suffering for these dogs. We have to act this year and it is going to take a lot of us.
Please help us make a lasting impression in Des Moines. The Humane Lobby Day is sponsored by Iowa Voters for Companion Animals. You can register at their website: http://www.wp.iafriends.org/lobbyday2015/Deadline to register is January 30, 2015. There will be important lobbying instructions provided at the luncheon, so please arrive by 11:00 AM to check in. You can also find more information on how to lobby and what to say once you there at this website:  http://www.wp.iowavca.org/lobbying-for-dogs/.
Last year, we chartered a bus through Windstar lines and it can transport 47 people. We want this bus FILLED!  The cost should average $20 round trip and this allows us to have no parking issues. Easy, Fun and Important.
Please contact Carol Doser at caroldoser@hotmail.com if you have any questions.
Julia Black