Friday, February 28, 2014
NASHVILLE, The U.S. Humane Society recognized Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Representative Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol) this week with Humane Legislator of the Year awards for their dedication to protecting animals from cruelty. Leighann Lassiter, the group’s state director said the award reflected work done by the lawmakers over the past seven years to increase penalties for dogfighting and cockfighting.
The lawmakers received the award at the Humane Society’s annual meeting in Nashville.
“Our state lawmakers are a critical part of the effort to build a more humane society, and we are thrilled to recognize two of Tennessee’s leaders in this movement,” said Lassiter. “Representative Lundberg and Senator Ketron exemplify the compassion and tenacity needed to truly make a positive impact for animals in the Volunteer State. We thank them for their tireless efforts to keep animal fighting, puppy mills and other forms of animal cruelty out of our state.”
In addition to increasing penalties for animal fighting, Lassiter praised Ketron and Lundberg for their support of legislation regulating commercial dog breeding operations known as puppy mills and for their outspoken opposition to the 2013 “ag-gag” bill.