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...]

Vote for Mike Doyle for Selectman in the Town of Newbury on Feb 10th.

We have endorsed Mike Doyle for Selectman in the Town of Newbury for the Special Election on Feb 10th. In our questionnaire, Mike Doyle indicated that he opposes breed-specific (BSL) ordinances and would support the following: an ordinance that restricts the amount of time a dog can be tethered outside; an ordinance that would prohibit wild animals from performing in traveling shows in Newbury; an ordinance that requires that animals raised for food (pigs, veal calves and egg-laying hens) to be kept in a manner that allows them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs. In response to whether he considers mistreatment of animals or animal cruelty … [Read more...]

Update: Tue, Feb. 3rd is Last Day to Get Cosponsorhips

February 3rd  is the last day to ask your representative to co-sponsor a bill. (Deadline rule recently removed for Senate) Please ask your representative to co-sponsor the following bills: ACT PROTECTING ANIMALS ABANDONED IN VACANT PROPERTIES Senate Docket 902, House Docket 1367 This bill will require that landlords and foreclosing owners inspect recently vacated and foreclosed units within 3 days for the presence of abandoned animals and notify an animal control officer, police officer or other authorized agent if an abandoned animal is found. It will also deem an animal abandoned if s/he is found in a vacated property through foreclosure, eviction, termination of tenancy or … [Read more...]

Commonwealth Conversations

"Commonwealth Conversations" will be a great opportunity to express the importance of animal protection issues to your state senator and your community. As we learn more about these events, we will post them. SENATORS PLAN AGENDA-SETTING MEETINGS AROUND THE STATE By Andy Metzger STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 23, 2015. Massachusetts senators can look forward to field trips starting the first week in February and lasting into March. The first Senate gatherings designed to gather input from around the state for agenda-setting will be held Feb. 4 in western Massachusetts. Eight sessions will be held around Massachusetts, and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, an … [Read more...]

New Legislators Jan 2015

See the bios of new legislators who will be in office beginning in January. Click Instatrac_Newly elected legislators to see Insta Trac's document.     … [Read more...]

We’re in the Pet Gazette

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It’s election time!

We have been making endorsements and reviewing the surveys of candidates. If you are a candidate, please visit our elections and endorsements page for more information and to learn about how to fill out a survey if you are a candidate for the state legislature. We are also seeking information on positions from statewide candidates. … [Read more...]

“Puppy Doe” Bill Needs Your Help

Update 07/26/14: Please don't forget about the bill H. 4328 that is now in the MA House of Representatives and needs YOUR support. The bill would increase the penalty for animal abuse, require vets to report animal abuse and create a task force to complete a systematic review of the laws relating to animal cruelty and protection. Please help by contacting your state representative (find out who he/she is by going to Where do I vote? and entering your address to get their name) and ask them to prevent animal cruelty in MA by supporting H. 4328 (note the bill number changed). Please also contact Speaker Deleo and ask that he bring it to the floor (617-722-2500). The formal legislation … [Read more...]

An Act Relative to the Penalty for Killing, Maiming, or Poisoning Animals

Thanks to the incredibly hard work of bill sponsors Massachusetts Representative Bruce Ayers & Representative Louis Kafka & State Senator Bruce Tarr, a very important piece of legislation received a favorable report from the joint Judiciary Committee. House Bill 4244, “an act relative to the penalty for killing, maiming, or poisoning animals,” has now moved closer to becoming law.  You can help push H.4244 through! Please contact your state legislator today to protect animals from abuse. Visit  http://bit.ly/h4244post  to download our instructional flyer & to learn more about this important bill! You can make a difference! posted 07/11/2014 … [Read more...]