Massachusetts Protects Companion Animals

Federal and state-level animal protection laws still leave much to be desired. Every step forward is a victory for the animals that need our help.

Paws Up!
To the state of Massachusetts for enacting a strong animal protection law.

The state of Massachusetts enacted legislation that revamps the state’s animal cruelty laws, some of which have been on the books since the 1800s. According to a news article, the law will require “animal control officers to be certified and trained in their field.” It will allow “people seeking restraining orders to list their pets, allowing their pets to be taken with them.”

The law also allows for “the creation of a state-wide fund for donations to a spay/neuter program for homeless pets.” In addition, the law eliminates the “option of using carbon monoxide or dioxide chambers for euthanizing an animal deemed too aggressive or ill to be adopted into a home.”

Another provision includes a “no breed specific clause,” which means there can be “no laws that pinpoint or penalize breeds, like pit bills [sic].”

Take Action: Massachusetts residents, write your legislators and governor applauding their actions to protect the animals of your state. Residents of other states, please contact your legislators and urge them to follow Massachusetts’ lead in protecting the animals where you live.

The Honorable Deval Patrick
State House
Office of the Governor
Boston, MA 02133

Tele. no.: 617-727-3666
Fax no.: 617-727-9725
email: GOffice@state.ma.us

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