Under the Dome

Animal welfare advocates meet NC lawmakers

UPDATED Wednesday was animal welfare day at the General Assembly. Advocates for improving laws protecting pets and livestock gathered in the third-floor auditorium to kick off a series of workshops, and then spread out to visit individual lawmakers in their offices.

The Humane Society of the United States sponsored the event, which was called Humane Lobby Day. Participating organizations include the North Carolina Animal Federation, North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare, Humane Society of Charlotte, Carolina Tiger Rescue, Animal Kind, Partners Canine and Avalo.

The groups are organizing to promote – yet again – an anti-puppy mill law, and to oppose legislation that would prevent whistle-blowers, the news media and animal welfare advocates from conducting undercover work at large farms.

Update: Four bipartisan House members filed a bill Wednesday to regulate commercial dog breeders. House Bill 159 is sponsored by Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincolnton; Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Hendersonville; Rep. Rick Caplan, R-Wilmington; and Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Greensboro.