Senator Bieda Honored for His Work by the Humane Society
State Senator Steve Bieda (D-Warren) has been given the 2011 Humane State Legislator Award by the Humane Society of the United States, a national organization. Senator Bieda has been recognized for his work on legislation to strengthen penalties for animal fighting, educate consumers about dog health problems associated with puppy mills and pet stores, and regulate large-scale dog breeding facilities in our state. Bieda has also worked on bills to end gas chamber euthanasia of shelter pets and protect animals from antifreeze poisoning.
“I am deeply honored to accept this award from the Humane Society. I believe that how we treat our animals is a strong indicator of who we are as a community,” said Senator Bieda. “I think we would all benefit from being a little more compassionate to our four legged friends as well as each other.”
Each year the Humane Society of the United States recognizes state lawmakers across the country who have initiated path-breaking animal protection legislation and demonstrably advanced reform in the policy-making arena. Michigan Senators Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) and Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) were also recognized for their work in the legislature over the past year.