By Michael Markarian
As we ring in the new year tonight, let’s celebrate the progress made for animals in 2009. It was a record-breaking year for animal protection lawmaking, with 121 new state laws enacted, including major public policies to crack down on animal fighting, puppy mills, factory farming, and other large-scale cruelties. We made gains in Congress for pets, wildlife, farm animals, and animals in research, and we set the stage for getting many of our key federal priorities over the finish line in 2010.
I hope you’ll be uplifted by our year-end victories video. This work, and this kind of progress, occurs because of your active involvement and your participation in the public process. Please join the Humane Society Legislative Fund in achieving even more victories for animals in the year ahead.