The Humane Society of Utah will host a free seminar, "Lobbying 101," from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, at its shelter, 4242 S. 300 West.

The program is organized and structured by the Humane Society of the United States located in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the session, says HSU executive director Gene Baierschmidt, is to teach concerned citizens how they can personally help get Henry's Law — the bill that would make deliberate torture of an animal a third-degree felony — passed in the next session of the Utah Legislature.

"We want the people who have supported Henry's Law in the past — and that's almost three-quarters of the entire state's population, according to an independent poll, to learn the most effective ways to get involved and to learn the basic lobbying techniques that can make a difference," he said.

State Rep. Jennifer Seelig, D-Salt Lake, and Sen. Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake, who in the last meeting of the Legislature sponsored the bill, will be at the seminar to discuss some of the bills and issues being considered this year.

The Legislature will convene in January, and the Society will again introduce a bill to increase the penalties for cruelty to animals.

"We're hoping to equip ordinary members of the community with the skills necessary to campaign for Henry's Law at the local level," said Baierschmidt. "Topics covered will include creating effective materials for local decision-makers and the media, organization, and strategic planning. We need the help of everyone who cares to get this important legislation passed in 2008."

For more information, call 261-2919.