Your quick phone calls can ensure your state legislators take action to advance animal protection bills.
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Fight puppy mills, protect law enforcement K9s, and end cruel cat declawing

Three key animal protection bills have been scheduled for hearings in July. Please voice your support today

TAKE ACTION: Please make two brief, polite calls to your state representative and state senator to urge them to support bills to fight puppy mills, protect law enforcement K9s, and end cruel cat declawing.

  1. Look up their numbers
  2. When connected to a staff member or leaving a voicemail, start by stating your name and the town you live in.
  3. Then you can simply say, "As a constituent who cares about animal welfare, please support Senate Bill 175 to fight puppy mills, Senate Bill 1431 and House Bill 2037 to protect law enforcement K9s, and Senate Bill 169 to end cruel cat declawing."

It only takes a few minutes to make a difference. After your two calls, please send a follow-up email to your legislators (look up their emails). Personalizing your message will help it stand out.

Fight puppy mills

An Act Banning the Retail Sale of Cats and Dogs in Pet Shops (S.175) would prohibit the sale of puppies, kittens, and rabbits in pet shops unless made available in partnership with an animal shelter or rescue organization. Pet shops typically acquire their dogs and cats from inhumane commercial breeding facilities, often called “puppy mills” or “kitten mills.” Pet stores are a preferred sales outlet for puppy mills because they allow the cruelty at the mills to remain hidden from consumers. Read more.

Protect law enforcement K9s

Known as Nero's Law, An Act allowing humane transportation of K9 partners (S.1431) and An Act providing for the care and transportation of police dogs injured in the line of duty (H.2037) would allow a law enforcement dog injured in the line of duty to be treated by emergency personnel transported in an ambulance if there is not competing need for human transport. Read morePhoto from Yarmouth Police Department.

Prevent cruel and unnecessary declawing

An Act prohibiting inhumane feline declawing (S.169) would prohibit declawing on a cat or other animal, unless deemed necessary by a licensed veterinarian for medical or therapeutic reasons, such as removal of cancerous nail bed tumors. According to the American Animal Hospital Association declawing is “major surgery involving amputation.” Effective and humane methods exist for resolving cat scratching issues. Read more


Additionally, if you're able to attend these hearings, your attendance and testimony would be valuable:

  • Thurs, July 18, at 9 am: The public hearing for the law enforcement K9 protection bill before the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security will be held in State House Hearing Room B-1 (see details).
  • Mon, July 22, at 10 am: The rally in support of the puppy mill bill, organized by the #passmassban coalition, including bill sponsors Senator Patrick O'Connor and Representative Natalie Higgins as well as HSUS, MSPCA, Animal Rescue League of Boston, Best Friends Animal Society, Mass Coalition to End Puppy Mills, and more, will be held in State House Room 428. RSVP to let us know you can make it.
  • Mon, July 22, at 1 pm: The public hearing for the puppy mill bill and cat declawing bill before the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure will be held in State House Hearing Room A-2 (see details).

Taking time out of your life to connect with your elected officials makes a difference, thank you! You're helping build a more humane Massachusetts. 

Thank you and farwell

After more than six years with HSUS, it’s time for me to say a bittersweet goodbye. My last day will be Tuesday, July 16. Feel free to keep in touch.

Thank you for all you’ve done to help make these past four years in Massachusetts such a success. I’ll always be cheering on HSUS! 

Until a new state director is onboard, please take advantage of our frequently asked questions and direct any urgent inquiries to Joanne Bourbeau, Northeast regional director. 

Stephanie J. Harris
Senior State Director, Massachusetts & Rhode Island
Humane Society of the United States
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