THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED IN 2014. THE DAY JUST KEEPS GROWING!
Thank you to Polka Dog Bakery for the treat donations and to Stephanie Crumley for taking photos.
On March 18, more than 200 animal advocates from across the state spent the day at the Massachusetts State House to ask their legislators for stronger animal protection laws in the Commonwealth. Attendees heard from Representative Lori Ehrlich, Senator Karen Spilka, Representative Jason Lewis and Senate President Therese Murray. Some of the pending bills presented were:
H. 3571 Prohibits the possession, trade, sale, offer for sale, and distribution of shark fins.
Protecting Abandoned Animals
S. 942 would require landlords (or banks for bank-owned properties in foreclosure) to check their properties for abandoned animals within 3 days after tenants move out; if abandoned animals are found, owners must report to animal control officer or other authorities.
Animal advocates also learned that S. 1172, An Act Ensuring the Safety of People with Pets in Disasters, had reached the Governor’s desk. This bill will ensure that pets are incorporated into municipal and the state disaster plans.
After the speaking program, advocates headed out to meetings with their state senators and representatives. The MSPCA’s advocacy team will use this information to help determine strategies as the legislative session continues.
The day came less than a week after the bill to ban the use of bullhooks on elephants was narrowly sent to a “study” by the Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development, effectively killing the bill. Attendees who had legislators that voted on this bill had notes in their packets to thank legislators who voted for the elephants (Reps. Mannal and Andrews and Senators O’Connor-Ives, Wolf, Hedlund, Chang-Diaz, Downing and Lovely) and to express disappointment to those who voted against the elephants (Reps. Atkins, Pignatelli, Walsh, Fernandes, Wong, Mark, Howitt, Donahue and Finn.)
Lobby Day for Animals was put on by the MSPCA, the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, the Animal Rescue League of Boston, the Massachusetts Animal Coalition and the Animal Control Officers Association of Massachusetts.
For those who've never attended, Lobby Day is an exciting opportunity to meet directly with your elected officials about legislation that will significantly impact animals. The day will include awards for legistors who helped animals, a briefing with tips for lobbying your legislators, and an overview of pending animal legislation. This event is always a great way to meet other people who care about animals, too. See the tentative schedule here.
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If you are interested in future advocacy events, visit our calendar here.