Maryland’s 10th annual Humane Lobby Day
In Annapolis, animal rights activists took part in Humane Lobby Day on Wednesday.
The 10th annual event was sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States.
Activists met with legislators to advocate for animal welfare laws.
They focused on topics such as wildlife trafficking, cow-nose ray killings, requiring veterinarians to report suspected animal abuse and adoptions of former research animals.
47 ABC spoke with Emily Hovermale, the state's Humane Society director.
She said this event has been successful in the past because people can directly talk with legislators.
“All of the animal advocates who were there were very excited to be speaking up for the animals. You know, it's an exciting opportunity because animals of course are not able to speak up for themselves,” Hovermale said.
“So they're really giving a voice to the voiceless and it was a very exciting and empowering event for those who were attending. I felt really great about the attendance level. There were nearly 100 people there. We had great support from legislators.”
She adds that anyone interested in getting involved can head over to their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/HSUSMaryland.