Animal Legislation Update for 2016

The 2016 Maryland General Assembly Session begins on January 13th and it’s time to gear up for 12 weeks of action! Maryland Votes For Animals has been working non-stop with legislators and animal advocates to get strong laws passed for the animals in 2016. With the collective voice of animal advocates like you, we can improve the lives and treatment of animals across Maryland!

Be sure to ask your friends and family to sign up for MVFA Action Alerts so they can take action with their legislators, and hear about upcoming animal lobby days. Together we will make a difference for Maryland’s animals in 2016!

There will be several important animal protection bills in 2016, including these two critical pieces of legislation:

Dog fighting Paraphernalia Bill

This legislation will close a serious loophole in Maryland’s dogfighting law and protect our communities from violent crime. At least 16 states, including neighboring Pennsylvania and Virginia, prohibit animal fighting paraphernalia, but it is not a crime in Maryland. The dogs, cats, and animals used in dogfighting are subject to unimaginable abuse, and dogfighting brings violence and gang crime to our communities. Closing this loophole is critically important to ending this violent crime. You can learn more about Maryland dogfighting HERE.

Puppy MillPuppy Mill Bill

This legislation will help stop the cruel puppy mill trade and protect Maryland consumers from fraudulent sales and sick animals. Flea market/roadside sales are an unregulated market for inhumane puppy mills to sell cats and dogs. Several jurisdictions, including neighboring Virginia, have passed strong laws restricting these sales. These laws also limit sales by persons who have violated the Federal Animal Welfare Act, or who are Class B dealers or “puppy brokers.” These protections will crack down on puppy mills which are notorious for the cruel and inhumane treatment of animals.

You can learn more about the connection between Puppy Mill Cruelty and flea markets HERE

CatsStrong Animal Protection Laws Are Needed in Maryland

There will be additional animal protection issues coming up, including Puppy/Kitten Health Certificates, Farm Animal Antibiotics, and the State Ivory Ban.

The legislature is in session for only 90 days so there’s a lot to do in a very short period of time!  Everyone’s voice is critically important to ensuring Maryland’s animals are protected from cruelty. They need your voice.

Best wishes for a joyous holiday season!  Please consider a gift to Maryland Votes For Animals. Your generosity will enable us to continue working to protect animals and to elect humane legislators who are willing to champion and vote for strong animal protection laws in Maryland.

Lisa G. Radov
Chairman, Maryland Votes For Animals

P.S. Mark Your Calendars for our two lobby days! Join fellow animal advocates and speak directly to your legislators about animal protection in Maryland!

Voices for Animals Lobby Day – Thursday, February 4, 2016 – Click HERE to Register!

Humane Lobby Day – Thursday, February 25, 2016 – Stay tuned for more info soon!

And please be sure to ask your friends, family, and coworkers to sign up for Action Alerts. We need everyone who cares about animals to take action on important animal protection bills in 2016. Thank you!

Lisa Radov

President and Chairman at Maryland Votes for Animals, Inc.
Lisa Radov has been passionate about helping animals since she was eight years old when she embarked on her first fundraising campaign to help stop the slaughter of baby harp seals in Canada.

Lisa has a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Marketing and Advertising from the Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business. She was the Owner and Director of Marketing at Gebco Insurance Associates, Inc. from 1986- 2016 and is a Certified Yoga Instructor.

A lover of all animals, Lisa has rescued two dogs, four pet lab rats, six cats, two hamsters, and two guinea pigs.

A mother of four, Lisa has chaired fundraising campaigns and been an active board member of the Parents' Associations at her children's schools. She became politically active in animal issues when her youngest child started volunteering at the shelter where they adopted their two cats.

Lisa is dedicated to passing laws that will make Maryland a leader in the humane treatment of all animals - companion, farm, and wildlife.