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Recap of 2-11-16 hearings in the Maryland General Assembly: SB283/HB583 Animal Cruelty - Implements of Dogfighting

Lisa Radov, Chair of Maryland Votes For Animals testifying 2/11/16 on SB283
Lisa Radov, Chair of Maryland Votes For Animals testifying today on SB283

SB283/HB583 Animal Cruelty - Implements of Dogfighting was heard before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and introduced by Sen. Susan Lee, lead sponsor on this critical anti-dogfighting bill. Although dog-fighting is a felony in all 50 states, possessing dog-fighting equipment for illegal fighting purposes is not a crime in Maryland, and this loophole has allowed criminal dog-fighting operations to evade the law. This bill will fix this serious loophole and rid our communities of violent dogfighting crime. If your legislator sits on the Judicial Proceedings or House Judiciary Committee please send them a letter asking for their support of SB283/HB583.

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WBAL Report: Bills crack down on puppy mills, dog fighting

Proposal would make it illegal to possess dog-fighting equipment

By Feb 04, 2016 See the original report at WBAL

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Pet owners from across Maryland are calling on lawmakers to pass legislation cracking down on puppy mills and illegal dog fighting.

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Legislature to Reduce Hunting Safety Zone

The Maryland General Assembly is considering legislation to change the long-established hunting safety zone law by reducing the safety zone for bow-hunting near homes, churches, and other occupied buildings from 450 feet to a mere 150 feet.  This change will allow hunting in new areas, including in residential neighborhoods in Anne Arundel County, Harford, St. Mary’s, and Calvert Counties. Hearings on some of these bills have already been held this past week, and resident input is critical and time-sensitive. 

(If you live in Anne Arundel, Harford, St. Mary’s or Calvert County, or your Senator sits on the Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee, you can let your Legislators know you are opposed to this incresed danger by clicking here.)

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Ready, Set, Advocate!

 
Dear MVFA Members,
 
Happy 2016! 

The Maryland General Assembly has been in session since January 13th and we have been working hard on animal legilsation!  Here is an update on what bills have been introduced:

Aggravated Cruelty in the Presence of a Minor (SB 59) - Increases the penalties for crimes committed against animals in the presence of a minor. This bill is awaiting a vote in the Judicial Proceedings Committee.
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Animal Legislation Update for 2016

The 2016 Maryland General Assembly Session begins on January 13th and it’s time to gear up for 12 weeks of action! Maryland Votes For Animals has been working non-stop with legislators and animal advocates to get strong laws passed for the animals in 2016.

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Baltimore Sun Op-Ed: End the senseless trophy killing of Md. black bears

The following Op-Ed appeared in the 11/20/15 Baltimore Sun:

End the senseless trophy killing of Md. black bears

For the 12th year in a row, your state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) enthusiastically supported the trophy killing of black of bears in Western Maryland for those among the 2 percent of Marylanders who hunt for sport.

DNR allowed the hunt even though the majority of Marylanders are opposed to such efforts, favoring non-lethal wildlife management alternatives.

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