Maryland Votes for Animals (MVFA) is an organization with one overriding mission: To create an ever-growing voting bloc of animal advocates who will elect representatives willing to champion and vote for animal protection legislation, and to hold politicians accountable to their constituents.
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SB-393 / HB-362 - Costs of Care for Seized Animals - will hold owners of abused and neglected animals accountable!
Update 3/18/15: The House Judiciary Committee voted favorably with amendments. Now that this bill has passed in both the House and Senate Committees, if all amendments match it will move to the floor Vote. Stay tuned!
Update 3/12/15: The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted favorably with amendments. The House Judiciary Committee can vote at anytime! If your legislator sits on this committee Act Now!
Update 3/4/15: The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing today on this important bill and can vote at anytime! The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee held its hearing last week and can also vote at anytime! If your legislator sits on one of these committees Act Now!
One of the greatest obstacles to enforcing animal cruelty laws in Maryland is the expense of caring for the animals while cruelty charges are prosecuted. As it now stands, shelters are often forced to care for abused animals for extended periods. Abuse cases can go on for months, even years, and the care to help these abused animals is paid for by the shelters and taxpayers, instead of the people who abused the animals. That's wrong and needs to be fixed.
UPDATE 3/18/15: The Judiciary Committee has voted UNFAVORABLY on HB153, the Extreme Weather Protection bill for chained dogs. This is extremely disappointing. This bill, which had widespread support, would have eased the suffering of dogs across Maryland. We are regrouping and will begin work on next steps to help these dogs and puppies left on the end of a chain - Please stay tuned. This is an issue that needs to be addressed!
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
1. Make sure you, your friends, family, and co-workers sign up for MVFA action alerts. This is the best way to have a powerful impact at the right moment as legislation progresses. We send you an alert when something needs to be done, you choose whether to do it. It's easy, it's simple, and it makes a huge difference! Legislators want to hear from their constituents - it helps them to know how their voters want them to vote on an issue.
2. When you see a chained dog (or any animal) suffering or in distress, contact your local animal control office asap and give them the details and location of the animal. They have a large area to cover, and cannot see everything that you and I might be able to see. They want to know about these animals who are suffering so terribly. If you could then let us know (email@example.com) and send us any pictures you might have regarding the incident. We cannot respond to the inquiry, only animal control is allowed to do that, but we can track the incident. Thank you.
3. Please send stories, videos, or photos to firstname.lastname@example.org - sadly there are some who do not understand the seriousness of the problem and suffering of chained dogs in Maryland.
URGENT 3/15/15: This critical bill needs action and needs to be voted favorably out of committee this week! Time is of the essence for chained and tethered dogs across Maryland. SEND YOUR EMAIL today.
UPDATE 2/20/15: The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Extreme Weather Protection bill (HB153). ACT NOW to support this bill!
Del. Dana Stein, the bill's lead sponsor, introduced the bill and testified before the Committee, followed by the testimony of State, Local and National animal advocacy organizations, including Maryland Votes For Animals, HSUS, and ASPCA. Several Animal Control representatives from both rural and urban areas across the state presented important testimony and fielded questions from Committee members.
It is extremely important, to send your Delegate a letter NOW before the committee votes! The committee could vote at any time without further notice!
On the day this bill was heard, Maryland dogs chained and tethered outside suffered through a night of near zero degree weather, and no one could do a thing. Why? Because the current law lacks enforceable standards that define unsafe weather conditions for chained dogs.
Testimony included information that
Keep Sundays protected for animals and people!
UPDATE 2/13/15: UPDATE: Excellent News! Baltimore County delegation voted this morning (Friday 2/13) to protect Baltimore County's way of life. Baltimore County residents get to keep their Sunday day of rest and outdoor safety for animals, people and families. Kudos to the legislators who bravely took a stand on this issue. Vote count will be published when available!Read the rest of: Baltimore County Weighs New Sunday Hunting
This event is now over. Thank you for coming to Annapolis and speaking for those who cannot. Without you, they have no voice. Your presence made a huge difference for animals all across Maryland. Thank you!
Read the rest of: You're Invited to Voices For Animals Day 2015!
Maryland Votes For Animals (MVFA) is gearing up for the 2015 legislative session, which starts in just a few short weeks. After the huge success for animals in the November election, we are working hard on animal protection bills for the upcoming session. Your participation in legislative action for animals is critically important! Together we will stand and make our voices heard - giving a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves.
In this MVFA Update you will find information on:
- Election results for MVFA endorsed candidates;
- Info on Voices for Animals lobby day on January 28th;
- Spay/Neuter program funding news;
- Info about new MVFA Board appointments
MVFA November Election Results - BIG WIN for Animals!