Thanks for your interest in taking action on animal issues - your help is essential to success for the animals. Stay tuned for updates to this page.
During the 2013-2014 Massachusetts legislative session, we will be working on bills affecting wildlife, companion animals, and farm animals.
We will use this Action Center to update you as soon as action is necessary on this legislation, including testifying at public hearings (possibly starting soon).
|Senate Bill 969 will remove the prohibition on breed-discriminatory legislation in MA, which is harmful to good dogs and good people and will not keep communities safer from dangerous dogs and irresponsible owners. Please ask your state legislators to support the current law and oppose S.969 and any other bills that would allow breed-discriminatory legislation.|
|House Bill 1852 would clarify the current animal cruelty law to prevent a person from knowingly and unjustifiably failing to provide an animal with veterinary care that results in unnecessary suffering. Please ask your state legislators to support H.1852.|
|House Bill 1456 would prohibit the confinement of farm animals in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs; that means that standard veal crates, gestation crates for pregnant pigs, and battery cages for hens would not be allowed in the Commonwealth. Please ask your state legislators to support H.1456.|
|Senate Bill 952 would allow MSPCA and ARL officers to enforce the provisions in the new law, which restricts the manner in which dogs can be tethered outside and also prohibits certain cruel conditions that could cause harm to a dog's physical or emotional health. Please ask your state legislators to support S.952.|
|Senate Bill 1172 would ensure that pets are incorporated into the state and municipal disaster plan so that people don't have to choose between their own safety and protecting their entire family in disasters. Please ask your state legislators to support S.1172.|
|Senate Bill 942 would require owners of rented properties to check them for abandoned animals within 5 days after tenants move out; if abandoned animals are found, owners must report to the animal control officer or other authorities. Please ask your state legislators to support S.942.|
|H.3438 prohibits large retail stores from providing plastic carry-out bags unless those bags meet ASTM standards for compostability/biodegradability. Plastic bags can cause much harm to wildlife through ingestion, entanglement, ecosystem alteration, and introduction of invasive species. Please ask your state legislators to support H.3438.|
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