Time is running short for S. 175 and H. 800, bills that would prohibit the sale of puppies, kittens, and rabbits in Massachusetts pet shops unless the animals come from shelters or rescue organizations. These bills are in the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure and must be reported out of the committee before February 5th to move forward in the legislative session. Learn more

TAKE ACTION: Call the committee chairman, Representative Tackey Chan (617-722-2014), today and ask him to move these important bills forward this legislative session. 

Key legislators need to hear some noise about bills that would prohibit circuses/traveling shows from performing with elephants, big cats, bears, primates, and giraffes in the Commonwealth. S. 2028 and H. 2934 were reported favorably from the Tourism Committee right after Thanksgiving; S. 2028 has moved on to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means and H. 2934 is in the House Committee on Ways and Means. Learn more

TAKE TWO STEPS to help close our doors to cruel wild animal acts:

  1. Call House Ways and Means chair, Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (617-722-2990), and ask him to move H. 2934 forward this legislative session. 
  2. Call Senate Ways and Means chair, Sen. Michael Rodrigues ( 617-722-1114), and ask him to move S. 2028 forward this legislative session. 



Lobby Day for Animals/Humane Lobby Day is back for 2020! Join Massachusetts animal advocates at the State House on Tuesday, March 24th to lobby your legislators in support of animal protection bills. More details and registration coming soon!



  • S. 496, which restricts the trade of ivory and rhino horn in Mass. was reported favorably from the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture and is now in Senate Ways and Means. Many thanks to Chair Smitty Pignatelli and Chair Ann Gobi for reporting this bill out of committee.
  • S. 2463 helps ensure that retired laboratory dogs and cats are made available for adoption by facilitating a relationship between laboratories and animal rescue organizations. The bill was reported from the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources and is now in Senate Ways and Means. 
  • S. 169, which would ban declawing of cats in Massachusetts, has moved out of the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure and is moving forward in the legislative process! Declawing--an unnecessary surgery which amputates a cat's claws and the first bone of his or her toes--has no place in our humane state.


The Department of Transportation moves to end breed discrimination on airlines. "The Department of Transportation today announced its plan to issue new regulations that would prohibit airlines from banning certain breeds of service dogs. This represents a much-needed move toward ending discriminatory policies by individual airlines that cause unnecessary and cruel hardships for customers with disabilities and their animals." » Read more about this exciting update on Kitty Block's blog

The Humane Society of the United States has been in this fight since day one and we’ll be asking the public to submit comments over the next 60 days so we can see a prohibition against breed bans in the final federal law. Stay tuned!

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