You are hereRecap of 2-11-16 hearings in the Maryland General Assembly: SB283/HB583 Animal Cruelty - Implements of Dogfighting
Recap of 2-11-16 hearings in the Maryland General Assembly: SB283/HB583 Animal Cruelty - Implements of Dogfighting
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. More info on Maryland dogfighting can be found at VoteAnimals.org and the bill is at tinyurl.com/2016sb283. This bill will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee on February 18th at 1:00 pm and HB583 is sponsored in the House by Del. Clarence Lam.
HB289, Prohibition - Use of Animals in Medical School Training, was heard before the House Health and Government Operations Committee and introduced by Del. Shane Robinson, lead sponsor of this important bill to prohibit the use of animals for experimentation in medical schools. Testimony was presented by numerous doctors and surgeons that the use of animals is inhumane, outdated, and not the accepted practice for human relevant education. Over 99% of medical schools no longer use this inhumane practice of having students experiment on animals and then kill them. Only 2 schools in the entire nation engage in this practice, one in Tennessee and one in Maryland. Johns Hopkins testified in opposition because they are one of the 2 schools in the country still engaging in this practice, a practice characterized by a physician (who had participated in the Johns Hopkins "dog laboratory") as a holdover practice "from the last century." If your legislator sits on the House Health and Government Operations Committee, please ask them to vote favorably on bill HB289. Bill info can be found at tinyurl.com/2016HB289
Photo is Lisa Radov, Chair of Maryland Votes For Animals testifying today on SB283