Maryland’s legislators demonstrated a commitment to animal welfare by passing several landmark pieces of legislation to protect companion animals, farm animals, and selected species of wildlife in Maryland. There were a large number of animal bills that passed over the past four years, many with unanimous votes in each chamber.
This legislation included stopping the flow of dogs and cats from puppy mills into Maryland, making it illegal to possess of dog fighting equipment, preventing convicted animal abusers from owning or residing with animals for a period of time, regulating the use of antibiotics on farm animals, saving the Cownose Rays, protecting First Responders when they rescue pets, and facilitating the adoption of healthy dogs and cats used in research.
Our legislators know that when we pass legislation to help animals, we also improve the lives of the people who love them.
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