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Animal welfare groups HSUS, ASPCA promote proposed Idaho anti-torture law, though it could be ‘much stronger’; lobby day at capitol Tuesday

Two national animal welfare groups — the Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals — are encouraging Idahoans to come to the capitol Tuesday to lobby for a proposed law that would define animal torture and create a felony for a third conviction.

“While HB 111 could be much stronger and only punishes animal torture as a felony on the third offense, it helps to move Idaho further down the field toward stronger laws against animal cruelty and abuse,” the groups said in a press release Friday.

The Humane Lobby Day event will be from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday in Room WW55 on the Garden Level of the capitol, 700 W. Jefferson St., Boise.

Participants will hear a presentation on the proposed legislation and can talk to state legislators about it. The HSUS will present the 2012 Legislator of the Year Award to former Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, who was a champion for animal welfare issues during his tenure in the legislature.

The Idaho Humane Society is an independent nonprofit that is not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States.

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