State Representative Sarah LaTourette (R-Bainbridge Township) announced today that she will represent Ohio as a member of The National Humane Legislators Council.

The National Humane Legislators Council exists to assist and advise The Humane Society of the United States in legislative policy efforts at the state level. Members appointed to the Council have legislative and career experience with animal-related issues and represent a diverse number of constituents.

“It is an honor to join humane legislators across the country to help shape animal welfare policy at the state level,” LaTourette said.  “As a passionate animal advocate, a long-time animal rescue volunteer, and one of the few Republicans on the Council, I believe I will bring a unique perspective to the group and look forward to joining my colleagues in advocating for responsible policies that ensure the humane treatment of animals in our great states.”

Activities of The National Humane Legislators Council include assisting and guiding The Humane Society of the United States on legislative agendas, sponsorship of humane policy initiatives at the state level, support of state and federal legislation that strengthens animal protection laws, promotion of animal protection issues, and raising awareness of efforts to protect animals.

"The animals in Ohio have a real champion in Representative LaTourette. With the support of humane-minded leaders like her, nationwide in the past ten years we’ve seen hundreds of new state level laws to protect animals. Representative LaTourette has been a consistent voice for animals and has worked hard in Ohio to protect animals from cruelty,” said Corey Roscoe, Ohio Director of State Affairs for the Humane Society of the United States.

The National Humane Legislators Council holds quarterly conference call meetings among the members.

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