Landmark Animal Protection Legislation Signed By Massachusetts Governor Patrick

August 15, 2012 by Tails Magazine in News with 0 Comments

From the MSPCA

Mass Governor Signing Animal Right BillThe Massachusetts formal legislative session ended on July 31 with an amazing victory for the animals, the passage of a landmark animal protection bill, sponsored by Senator Jehlen. On August 2nd, Governor Patrick signed S. 2192 into law; it takes effect on October 31. These fabulous photos are from the signing ceremony courtesy of Kaylee Greer of Dog Breath Photography

This new law will do many positive things for animals including:


  • Initiate a statewide spay/neuter fund, require animal control officers (ACOs) to receive training,
  • Allow pets to be included in domestic violence prevention orders (the language from Senator Clark’s bill, S. 682, was adopted in the Senate),
  • Require humane methods of euthanasia for stray animals, and
  • Put in place an effective dangerous dog ordinance that is breed-neutral (and prevents municipalities from regulating dogs based on breed).

All of this progress will happen at no cost to municipalities or the state – the training of ACOs and spay/neuter program is funded by a voluntary check-off on state income tax forms – so keep an eye out for that early next year and donate what you can to help the animals!MSPCA Signing

Essential to getting any law passed is a strong collaborative effort. This bill had that from all corners and is proof that constituent pressure works! Passage of the law was a major victory for the animals but there is still time in the informal legislative session, during which time other bills that affect animals (S.88, H.2326) could move forward, so don’t stop advocating now! BeantownMSPCA Kitten

For more information about all the legislation and more great photos, visit MSPCA. You can also join the Animal Action Team here.



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