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Pa. Animal Protection Caucus highlights legislative priorities

By: - June 6, 2023 2:44 pm

State Sen. Katie Muth was joined by other members of the Animal Protection Caucus gather in the East Wing Rotunda on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 to discuss priority bills and legislation (Capital-Star photo by Cassie Miller).

State lawmakers serving on the General Assembly’s Animal Protection Caucus met in Harrisburg on Tuesday to outline their legislative priorities. 

The bipartisan and bicameral caucus, is co-chaired by state Sens. Katie Muth, D-Montgomery, and Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York, as well as state Reps. Ryan Bizarro, D-Erie, and Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester.

Members of the caucus have introduced legislation in both chambers aimed at furthering animal protection measures, including HB 508, which would ban cat declawing for non-medical reasons, and a package of Senate bills known as Beagle Freedom Bills, which would increase oversight of kennels, breeders, and testing facilities.

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“How we treat animals — how we treat them, and the dignity and respect we provide to them, is a reflection of the dignity and respect that we provide to each other as human beings,” state Rep. Joe Hohenstein, D-Philadelphia, said. 

Members of the caucus have also authored bills to study the benefits of wildlife corridors in Pennsylvania and ban balloon releases

“All of our pets, all of our animals, all living beings should have protection that are non-partisan issues,” Muth said.

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.