We only have until February 5 to move some key animal protection bills forward in the legislative process! This is the date by which all joint committees must issue a report on bills. The follow joint committees contain animal protection legislation that need your help:
Municipalities and Regional Government
- S. 114, H. 1774: An Act protecting the health and safety of puppies and kittens in cities and towns – These bills would prohibit the sale of puppies and kittens under eight weeks of age; ensure regulations for certain kennels, such as boarding and breeding kennels; and prohibit the roadside sale of animals. Sponsored by Senator Harriette Chandler and Representative Linda Dean Campbell.
- H. 1822: An Act enhancing the issuance of citations for cruel conditions for animals – This legislation would provide law enforcement officers with a critical tool to address animal cruelty by granting them the ability to issue civil citations in the case of any domestic animal being kept in cruel conditions, rather than only dogs. It would also update language to ensure that dogs left outside and unattended are protected. Sponsored by Representative Angelo Puppolo Jr.
Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure
- S. 175, H. 800: An Act banning the retail sale of cats and dogs in pet shops – These bills prohibit the sale of puppies, kittens, and rabbits in pet shops unless the animals come from shelters or rescue organizations. Typically, pet shops obtain animals from substandard breeding facilities, which results in consumers unknowingly purchasing sick or genetically-compromised pets. Massachusetts state records consistently document such complaints from across the Commonwealth. State and federal records have also demonstrated that puppies from the worst “puppy mills” in the country have been sold to Massachusetts consumers via pet shops. These bills thus protect both animals and consumers, while having no impact on responsible breeders. Sponsored by Senator Patrick O’Connor and Representative Natalie Higgins.
- S. 989: An Act enhancing the issuance of citations for cruel conditions for animals – This bill would allow citations to be issued when domestic animals are kept in certain cruel conditions. It would also update language to ensure that dogs left outside and unattended are protected. Sponsored by Senator Mark Montigny
- S. 1037, H. 3772: These bills would restrict access to animals — such as possession and ownership — by a person convicted of animal cruelty for a period of time determined by the court. Sponsored by Senator Dean Tran (S.1037), and Representative Tram Nguyen (H.3772).
Please help us get these bills out of committee by using your voice. Ask your state senator and state representative to urge the committee chairs to report out these bills favorably. Your voice is ESPECIALLY needed if your legislator sits on any of the committees above. Find out who represents you, here!