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Humane Society Legislative Fund launches 'There Oughta Be a Law' contest

August 27, 2009 |  7:57 pm

I'm just a billIf you've ever fumed about the myriad ways our animal friends have been let down by the legal system, the Humane Society Legislative Fund has a proposition for you (no pun intended).

The Legislative Fund, an affiliate of the Humane Society of the United States, recently launched its first-ever "There Oughta Be a Law" contest, in which animal advocates can submit their ideas for humane legislation that really should exist but doesn't yet. 

"Every good law starts as an idea, and people who care about animals know first-hand the problems and challenges they face," said Michael Markarian, the Legislative Fund's president.  "Many lawmakers run similar contests each year and some great new laws have bubbled up through that process. We think it is a great way to get people who care about animals involved in helping shape future public policy reforms for animals."

Now through Oct. 5, animal advocates across the U.S. can submit their proposed legislation online.  A panel of experts will choose the winning submission, which will be announced Oct. 25 at the organization's Party Animal event (a network of house parties held around the country to further animal-friendly causes).  The contest winner will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., where he or she will help to lobby for the proposed legislation.

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: "I'm Just a Bill" from Schoolhouse Rock!  Credit: ABC Television

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