09 February 2010

California ranks first on Humane Society’s ‘Humane State Ranking’

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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) revealed the results from its first “Humane State Ranking” report and not surprisingly California took the top spot.

The report ranks all 50 states according to animal protection laws dealing in animal cruelty and fighting, wildlife, animals used in research and farm animals. In total the “Humane State Ranking” utilizes 65 criteria separated into 10 categories.

According to HSUS, California’s number one ranking is due to its “strong laws in 45 of the 65 categories ranked: protecting pets from antifreeze poisoning and continuous chaining; prohibiting steel-jawed leghold traps, horse slaughter and mountain lion trophy hunting; and protecting farm animals from extreme confinement and tail-docking.”

New Jersey finished second with Colorado, Maine and Massachusetts tied for third place.

States with the weakest animal protection laws include Alabama, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio and South Dakota.

View the entire list here.

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