Leach, Casorio honored as Humane Legislators

Sen. Daylin Leach ( D., Montgomery) and Rep. Jim Casorio (D.,Westmoreland) are the recipients of the 2008 Humane State Legislator Award from the Humane Society of the United States for their efforts to protect Pennsylvania's animals.

Last session Leach offered an amendment to ban pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania, while Casorio sponsored Act 119 of 2008 that strengthens the state’s commercial kennel regulations and sets standards for the breeding and care of dogs. Leach was a co-sponsor of that landmark legislation. (The pigeon shoot amendment failed, but advocates hope anti-pigeon hunt legislation will be re-introduced this session.)

During a ceremony last week, Leach said he has been an animal activist since childhood.

“I am thrilled and honored to receive this coveted award from an organization for which I have so much respect,” he said. “We all have to do a better job of protecting animals – our very humanity depends on it.”

Leach recently introduced a bill that would prohibit “canned hunting facilities," enclosed areas where hunters shoot game usually for a fee.

The award ceremony was held in conjunction with Humane Lobby Day where animal lovers from across Pennsylvania met with legislators to encourage passage of animal protection legislation.