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 

Animal Cruelty
An animal cruelty bill is still on the move at the state house.  S. 2345 would increase the penalties associated with animal cruelty.  It would also mandate veterinary reporting of animanl cruelty and create a task force to assess Mass. cruelty laws.

Speak Out for Animals
Thank you to everyone who attended Lobby Day on  March 18 at the State House. See some photos here. There are many ways to speak for those who can't: take action on legislation, use the media to raise awareness for animals, attend an animal advocacy training session, and/or join us to testify on animal bills.

Current Legislation
Looking see what bills are pending and what their status is? Find out here.
S. 1172 -- to protect pets in disasters -- was signed by the Governor!

H. 4088 banning the possession and sale of shark fins was signed into law by the Governor on July 24, 2014!

What's happened in 2013?
See what's happened so far this session and what is being worked on in 2014.

Do your legislators have pets?
Visit www.statehousepets.com 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 and in a new article,"The Cruelest Show on Earth".

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.