Animal Protection & Legislation

The Animal Protection Division of the MSPCA informs the public about issues, works for better animal-protection laws nationally and statewide and helps individuals and communities co-exist with animals.

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Latest News 

New Legislative Session
The new legislative session started January 7th. Visit our page on current legislation to find out what new bills have been filed.

Cruelty Task Force
We are excited to be a part of the new animal cruelty task force formed with the PAWS Act that passed last year. The next meeting is August 20.

Animal Cruelty takes effect
S. 2345 increased the penalties associated with animal cruelty. It also mandated that veterinarian report suspected animal cruelty and created a task force to assess Mass. cruelty laws. The bill took effect at the end of 2014.

Speak Out for Animals
This year's Lobby Day for Animals was held on May 13th. There are many ways to speak for those who can't: take action on legislation, use the media to raise awareness for animals, and/or join us to testify on animal bills

Legislation Passed in 2014
In addition to S. 2345 to increase penalties for animal abuse, S. 1172, to protect pets in disasters and H. 4088 banning the possession and sale of shark fins became law.

Do your legislators have pets? Visit to find out.

Shelter and Rescue Regulation
We've testified for several years on bills that deal with the regulation of shelters and rescue groups. We have expressed our concern about the bills being broad and with some of the language. We testified on these regulations proposed by the Dept. of Agricultural ResourcesSee also the Mass. Animal Coalition for more information.

Circus Cruelty
Are you concerned about animals in entertainment? Do you think that lions, tigers, bears, and elephants should be forced to perform tricks to entertain people? Some people think of animals in circuses as tradition - but they don't realize how much cruelty is behind this 'tradition'. Learn more about the circus on our website.

Got Critters?
The MSPCA's Intruder Excluder can help you to figure out which wild animals are turning your house into their home and what you can do to humanely encourage them to move elsewhere.

Donate to Advocacy
You're interested in legislation, so you understand how important our work is to animals in Massachusetts. Please support our efforts with a donation to the Advocacy Department.