Speak up for Animals at Two Important Hearings Next Tuesday

1. SPEAK UP AGAINST BREED DISCRIMINATION S. 501 would prevent insurance companies from discriminating or charging higher premiums for coverage based on a dog's breed. Learn more here. HEARING: Next Tuesday, November 10th 10:30am at the Massachusetts State House, Room B-2. TAKE ACTION NOW: Contact your legislators, especially if one or both is on the Financial Services Committee and attend the hearing and speak up for animals. 2. SPEAK UP TO PROTECT WILDLIFE Speak up against various bills negatively affecting wildlife and domestic animals. Harmful bills include those expanding the use of body-gripping traps and allowing hunting on Sundays. HEARING: November 10th at 1:00pm at the … [Read more...]

4 special elections coming

With the election on Tuesday November 3rd, the state legislature will need to fill 4 seats. Senator Hedlund's seat (won the race for Mayor of Weymouth); Rep. DiNatale's seat  (won the race for Mayor of Fitchburg); Rep. Brady's seat (won the race for Senator Kennedy's seat (he passed away)); and Rep. Cole had previously resigned (election for her seat is March 1). Stay tuned for info on candidates who will run for these open seats! … [Read more...]

Pets and Car Heat Dangers and Legislation to Address These Situations

Highlighted Legislation for the summer: An Act Protecting the Health and Safety of Animals in Cars. Important information for all of us from the Massachusetts State Police. "Pets die every day due to lack of care and concern, from leaving them unattended in a hot vehicle. Don’t let your pet become a statistic." What you can do it you see a pet in car on a warm day according to the Humane Society of the United States: Take down the car's make, model and license-plate number. If there are businesses nearby, notify their managers or security guards and ask them to make an announcement to find the car's owner. If the owner can't be found, call the non-emergency number of the local … [Read more...]

Sale of Ivory and Other Wildlife Products

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Wildlife Conservation Society researched the sale of ivory and other wildlife products through Craigslist. They discovered items such as ottomans made of elephant feet, African warthog tusks, and elephant-leather boots. Boston was among cities that ranked high in sales. See links below to read about the issue and to take action. Also, please remember to contact your Mass senator and representative to pass the ban on the sale of elephant ivory and rhino horn. Link to WBUR article: http://thewildlife.wbur.org/…/a-different-kind-of-craigsli…/ Link to letter: Fill out IFAW’s letter and send it to Craiglist CEO, urging him to … [Read more...]

Black Bears are Emerging from Winter Dens – Take Down Your Birdfeeders

Black bears are now active and seeking food. If you live in northern Middlesex County, Worcester County, western MA, or other areas where bears have been spotted, it's time to take down your bird feeders. Bears will often ignore natural foods such as skunk cabbage and head to a bird feeder for an easy meal. To avoid this problem, MassWildlife is asking property owners to be proactive by removing bird feeders and other potential food sources promptly. Once a bear gets food from a bird feeder, garbage can, or open compost, it will revisit the site and look for similar foods in other yards. There are at least 4,000 Black Bears in Massachusetts and their range is expanding eastward. Take … [Read more...]

Cambridge moves forward with Ban on Plastic Bags

Plastic poses a threat to the environment and marine and land animals, so we are thrilled that Cambridge has moved forward with a ban on plastic bags. Boston Globe Article   … [Read more...]

Another Chance to Speak Up for the Animals March 2nd

The next Commonwealth Conversation event is March 2nd ,  7pm at Newton North High School. Animal-friendly Senator Karen Spilka will kick-off the event. Read about it here on the Framingham Patch:  http://aol.it/1JRNEDE Or, go to the Commonwealth Conversations website: https://malegislature.gov/CC/Details?locationId=10 … [Read more...]

Speak Up for the Animals Feb 25th

"Commonwealth Conversations" is a great opportunity to express the importance of animal protection issues to your state senator and your community. Next Event February 25th at 6:30 PM Braintree Town Hall, Cahill Auditorium; 1 John F. Kennedy Memorial Drive, Braintree MA 02184 Join Senators Bob Hedlund, John F. Keenan, Mike Rush, Brian A. Joyce and President of the Massachusetts Senate, Senator Stanley Rosenberg. See the website for more information:  https://malegislature.gov/cc … [Read more...]

Speak up for the Animals Feb. 23rd

Join Senator Barbara L'Italien and other state senators at the next Commonwealth Conversations. When: Monday Feb. 23rd at 7pm Where: Salvatore's Restaurant, 354 Merrimack St, Lawrence, MA 01843 L'Italien is the new senate chair of the Municipalities Committee – a committee to which many animal-related bills are sent. It is likely that the bill to ensure animals in pet shops don't come from "puppy mills" with violations will be sent (see more below). Come on Monday and speak up for the animals! SD 974, HD 2126: An Act to Protect Puppies and Kittens Sponsors: Senator Karen Spilka, Representative Bradley This bill will protect puppies, kittens, their parents and consumers in … [Read more...]

Speak Up for the Animals Feb. 25th

"Commonwealth Conversations" is a great opportunity to express the importance of animal protection issues to your state senator and your community. Next Event: South Shore When: February 25th at 6:30 PM Where: Braintree Town Hall, Cahill Auditorium; 1 John F. Kennedy Memorial Drive, Braintree MA 02184 See the website for more information:  https://malegislature.gov/cc       … [Read more...]