Proposed bill bans animal rights organizations from spending Oklahoma donations outside the state

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill that was unanimously approved by a legislative panel would make sure that any donations Oklahomans make toward animal-rights organizations will help pets in the Sooner State.

House Bill 2250 would forbid any animal-rights organizations, professional fundraisers or professional solicitors from seeking donations from Oklahomans for use out-of-state.

Rep. Brian Renegar says the bill was created after the Humane Society of the United States raised “about a million dollars” from Oklahomans after the Moore tornado in 2013.

Renegar says Oklahomans were worried about pets and livestock who were injured by the tornado, but the agency only spent “about $100,000” of those contributions in Oklahoma.

Renegar says his bill focuses on animal “rights” rather than animal “welfare” organizations so it doesn’t interfere with legitimate activities of PetSmart Charities and the Petco Foundation, which donate money to local animal shelters and the ASPCA.

The bill will go for a vote of the full House later this year.