Governor Hogan Signs Legislation to Protect Cownose Rays

Cownose Ray Hogan
Governor Hogan signing SB268/HB211 to Protect Cownose Rays | Image Credit: Office of Governor Hogan Photo Gallery

The cownose ray enters the Chesapeake and its rivers every summer to reproduce. It’s also during this time that sport fishing and hunting groups, especially bowhunters, sponsor multiple tournaments on the slaughter of these beautiful creatures.

The legislation signed today by Governor Hogan, protects the rays by mandating that the DNR must prepare a fishery management plan before December 31, 2018. The bill also bans any fishing contest, competition, or tournament that targets cownose rays until July 1, 2019 in state waters.

Maryland Votes for Animals, Inc. would like to thank Delegate Shane Robinson and Senator Ron Young for sponsoring this bill!

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.