Maryland Votes for Animals (MVFA) is an organization with one overriding mission: To create an ever-growing voting bloc of animal advocates who will elect representatives willing to champion and vote for animal protection legislation, and to hold politicians accountable to their constituents.
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Dear MVFA Members,
We are almost halfway through the Maryland General Assembly Session! I have enjoyed seeing many of you in Annapolis for Voices for Animals Day and look forward to seeing others at Humane Lobby Day. For those who could not make it to one of these days, I appreciate your support on behalf of animals in Maryland.
I have listed the status of animal bills that have been introduced. The first three are the priority bills that were highlighted on Voices for Animals Day and Humane Lobby Day.
Read the rest of: MVFA's Mid Session March Madness
Recap of 2-11-16 hearings in the Maryland General Assembly: SB283/HB583 Animal Cruelty - Implements of Dogfighting
SB283/HB583 Animal Cruelty - Implements of Dogfighting was heard before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and introduced by Sen. Susan Lee, lead sponsor on this critical anti-dogfighting bill. Although dog-fighting is a felony in all 50 states, possessing dog-fighting equipment for illegal fighting purposes is not a crime in Maryland, and this loophole has allowed criminal dog-fighting operations to evade the law. This bill will fix this serious loophole and rid our communities of violent dogfighting crime. If your legislator sits on the Judicial Proceedings or House Judiciary Committee please send them a letter asking for their support of SB283/HB583.Read the rest of: Recap of 2-11-16 hearings in the Maryland General Assembly: SB283/HB583 Animal Cruelty - Implements of Dogfighting
Proposal would make it illegal to possess dog-fighting equipment
|By David Collins||Feb 04, 2016||See the original report at WBAL|
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Pet owners from across Maryland are calling on lawmakers to pass legislation cracking down on puppy mills and illegal dog fighting.Read the rest of: WBAL Report: Bills crack down on puppy mills, dog fighting
The Maryland General Assembly is considering legislation to change the long-established hunting safety zone law by reducing the safety zone for bow-hunting near homes, churches, and other occupied buildings from 450 feet to a mere 150 feet. This change will allow hunting in new areas, including in residential neighborhoods in Anne Arundel County, Harford, St. Mary’s, and Calvert Counties. Hearings on some of these bills have already been held this past week, and resident input is critical and time-sensitive.
(If you live in Anne Arundel, Harford, St. Mary’s or Calvert County, or your Senator sits on the Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee, you can let your Legislators know you are opposed to this incresed danger by clicking here.)Read the rest of: Legislature to Reduce Hunting Safety Zone
The Maryland General Assembly has been in session since January 13th and we have been working hard on animal legilsation! Here is an update on what bills have been introduced:
Aggravated Cruelty in the Presence of a Minor (SB 59) - Increases the penalties for crimes committed against animals in the presence of a minor. This bill is awaiting a vote in the Judicial Proceedings Committee.
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.Read the rest of: Animal Legislation Update for 2016