Bill: HB 212/ SB 1038– Animal Cruelty Sentencing Conditions
Sponsors: Delegate David Moon/ Senator William Smith
Summary: Allows judges to order, as a condition of sentencing for aggravated animal cruelty, that a convicted animal abuser cannot own animals for any period of time, up to and including life.
Bill: HB 1662– No More Puppy and Kitten Mills Act of 2018
Sponsors: Delegate Benjamin Kramer
Summary: Requires the seven pet stores in Maryland that st ill sell cats and dogs to transition to a business model similar to PetSmart or Bark where pet supplies, food, and other animal services are sold in lieu of puppies or kittens. The 150 stores with this business model can hold adoption events at their stores with local shelters, rescues, or licensed local Maryland breeders.
Bill: HB 732/ SB 675 –Humane Adoption of Companion Animals Used in Research (The Beagle Bill)
Sponsors: Delegate Benjamin Kramer/ Senator Michael Hough
Summary: Allows dogs and cats used in research to find loving homes.
Bill: SB 94- Unprotected Birds – Pigeons
Sponsors: Senator Joan Carter-Conway
Summary: Adds “pigeon” to the defined term “unprotected bird” in Maryland’s wildlife laws with an explicit prohibition on cruel pigeon shoots.
Bill: SB 817/ HB 1338 – Hunting- Sundays
Sponsors: Senator Johnny Salling/ Delegate Carl Anderton Jr.
–Senate EHE– Never brought for a vote and died in committee.
–House E&T– Never brought for a vote and died in committee.
Our 2017 Legislative Session Wrap-up can be found here.