Puppy Mill Bill

March 2, 2016 The Boston City Council unanimously passed the Puppy Mill Bill sponsored by City Councilor Matt O'Malley, who worked tirelessly for this result. Mayor Marty Walsh has now also signed off on the measure, which prohibits pet shops in Boston from selling cats, dogs, and rabbits, and prohibits the sale of these animals in public parks, roadsides, and sidewalks. This ordinance is the first of its kind that has been passed in Massachusetts and we hope it won't be the last!   … [Read more...]

What to Do If You See a Pet Left Out in the Cold

From the Human Society of the United States: Cold weather can be deadly for pets. As the temperature plummets in many parts of the country, The Humane Society of the United States sees a marked increase in the number of complaints about dogs and cats who have been left outside with no food or shelter. We encourage you to contact local law enforcement agencies because pets left outside in extreme temperatures, especially without food and shelter, are at risk of hypothermia, frostbite and even death. Their owners are at risk of facing criminal charges. The act of leaving a pet outside without food or adequate shelter often receives less attention than a violent attack against an animal, … [Read more...]

January 21st Hearing for Animals at the State House

Hearing on Animal Bills January 21st Legislation likely to be heard includes: H.1865 & S.1072 An Act protecting abandoned animals in vacant properties (Rep. Dave Rogers & Sen. Jamie Eldridge) H.3266 An Act relative to puppy mills (Rep. Ayers) S.1085 & H.1866 An Act strengthening the enforcement of certain dog laws (Sen. Pat Jehlen & Rep. Dave Rogers) H.1848 An Act to ensure adequate care of animals in cities and towns (Rep. Kafka) S.1103 & H.1826 An Act relative to protecting puppies and kittens (Sen. Spilka & Rep. Bradley) Click here for more information.     … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]