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Grassroots Animal Welfare Advocacy Event

Jun 05, 2017 • by Animal Rescue League of Berks County
Animal Rescue League of Berks County

Birdsboro, PA – The Animal Rescue League of Berks County will be hosting a Grassroots Event to show animal advocates ways to help protect animals in the state of Pennsylvania and provide tools to become an effective citizen lobbyist.  This FREE event will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel of Wyomissing and is open to the public.

Liz McCauley, Executive Director of the ARL, stated, “Several high-profile animal cruelty cases in Pennsylvania last year have prompted a renewed interest in protecting the animals of our state through tougher cruelty laws and stricter penalties.  As the organization that provides animal control and animal cruelty investigation services to Berks County, we are asked all the time why we cannot do more to protect animals.  Often times, our hands are tied by the laws that are in place.  By becoming educated on the cruelty laws and working together as a community, we can strive to change those laws and save more animal’s lives.”

Kristen Tullo, Pennsylvania State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, will be speaking about current proposed legislation that will protect pets left unattended in hot cars, ban live pigeon shoots, provide additional protection for horses, and increase penalties for animal cruelty crimes.  Senator Roy Afflerbach (Ret.) who has become one of the leading advocates for stricter animal cruelty legislation will also be a featured speaker. 

Ms. Tullo and Senator Afflerbach (Ret.) will be touring the Animal Rescue League prior to the event and will be joined by Reading City Councilman Chris Daubert.  Councilman Daubert was the leading advocate for the recent anti-tethering ordinance passed by Reading City Council earlier this month.  Daubert and the entire city council is being applauded nationally for this important step in protecting animals. 

The event is free.  Registration is required.  Please go to www.berksarl.org/events/grass-roots/ to register or call 610-373-8830, Extension 121.  

ARL is the largest open admission shelter in Berks County accepting an average of 6,500 animals annually.  The shelter runs at maximum capacity throughout the year, providing adoption programs, spay/neuter clinics, community outreach, education, animal control, and animal cruelty investigation services. 

The Humane Society of the United States works in Pennsylvania and across the entire country to support animal welfare legislation, fight animal cruelty in all forms, rescue animals in danger and engage citizens to promote the protection of animals.  

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