Animal rights activists rallied at the State Capitol yesterday in support of five bills that would bolster animal protections in Hawai'i.

The measures include proposals that would ban dog fighting, the eating of cats and dogs, and cockfighting instruments.

State lawmakers have introduced a total of five bills in the House and Senate addressing animal cruelty and stressed that in these tough economic times, people should not forget about the valuable and nurturing roles that pets and animals play in society.

"This is about making safer communities for pets and humans alone," said Inga Gibson, state director for The Humane Society of the United States.

State Rep. John Mizuno, D-30th (Kamehameha Heights, Kalihi Valley, Fort Shafter), introduced a bill first submitted last session that would outlaw dog fighting in Hawai'i. Hawai'i currently ranks 50th in the nation, tied with Montana, for the worst dog fighting laws with no explicit penalty for attending or wagering on an animal fight, according to the Humane Society.


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