Madden defends animal rights legislation at news conference

HARRISBURG, Oct. 15 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, joined animal advocates, representatives from shelters/rescues and other animal-related groups from Pennsylvania to show support for animal protection bills.

The Justice for Libre animal advocacy action group, Finding Shelter Animal Rescue and the Humane Society of the United States-PA are supporting two animal welfare bills (H.B. 1216) -- the animal in distress or “the hot car bill” -- and (S.B. 1154) -- a retail sales bill that would require pet stores to source animals from shelters and rescues rather than from puppy mill operations and require license numbers to be posted with all puppies for sale to allow transparency for consumers.

“Every year, many pets die from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles,” Madden said. ”We have got to stop the excuses, such as 'I only ran in the store for a minute' and start holding pet owners accountable for their actions.”

According to the American Veterinarian Medical Association, the interior temperature of vehicles parked in outside temperatures ranging from 72 to 96 degrees F rose steadily as time increased. A vehicle can quickly reach a temperature that puts pets at risk of serious illness and even death. And cracking the window makes no difference

In addition, Madden and state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Northampton, are promoting legislation to ban the practice of pet leasing at pet stores.

Madden said pet leasing is a relatively new industry in which pet stores convince customers they are taking out a loan for a pet, when in reality they are being conned into a lease agreement.

“Now is the time in the state legislature to vote on animal rights legislation,” Madden said.

ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS/DIRECTORS – A photo of the presentation may be found here.