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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Maryland Votes for Animals focuses on state legislative issues but we would like to recognize one of our federal elected officials from Maryland for his leadership in the US Congress on an important animal protection issue.
Come Celebrate with us on June 1st!
Buy 3 tickets and get the 4th one free!
For three intense months Maryland Votes For Animals (MVFA) worked tirelessly with legislators to make sure Maryland passed two life-saving animal protection bills:
- Statewide Spay/Neuter Fund to save the lives of thousands of homeless animals – PASSED!
- Molly’s Law to protect “bait dogs” and help stop dog-fighting – PASSED!
Join us to Celebrate! Meet the humane legislators who helped achieve these victories, and participate in our Humane Champion Award ceremony:
The Voluntary Low-cost Statewide Spay/Neuter Program has passed the Maryland General Assembly! If you made a phone call, sent an email or came to Humane Lobby Day then know that you played an important part in passage of this landmark legislation! You joined together with other animal advocates to make this happen. Thank you, each and every one!
Now it's time to CELEBRATE! Maryland Votes For Animals (MVFA) worked with your legislators over the past 3 years to make sure Maryland passed a spay/neuter bill that will save the lives of thousands of homeless cats and dogs. Our legislative champions work very hard on behalf of animals and we are delighted to invite you to a CELEBRATION to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to those who made it happen. Click HERE to CELEBRATE!
Maryland Votes For Animals Announces Unprecedented Success for Animal Protection Legislation in 2013 Session of Maryland General Assembly
Annapolis, MD - Maryland Votes for Animals (MVFA) applauds the Maryland General Assembly for passing two critical pieces of humane legislation: 1) establishment of a State Spay/Neuter Program and 2) closure of a loophole in dog-fighting law with a "bait" dog bill .
House and Senate Conference Committee Meeting Regularly NOW – Need to Hear from Maryland Residents NOW!
As expected, two different bills that would nullify a court ruling declaring pit bulls "inherently dangerous" are heading to a House-Senate conference committee. Six legislators have been selected as members of the committee. They are meeting TODAY so please ACT NOW by making a POLITE phone call to them. Below is a script and phone numbers for the conference committee members.
"My name is _________ and I'm calling because I'm concerned that we are running out of time on the pit bull legislation (HB 78/SB 160). Can you please expedite a compromise between the Senate and House versions of the bills? I'm concerned that people will be forced to choose between their dog and their home if this isn't resolved. Thank you.
Senator Jamie Raskin – (410) 841-3634
Senator Bobby Zirkin - (410) 841-3131
Senator Christopher Shank - (410) 841-3903
Delegate Kathleen Dumais - (410) 841-3052
Delegate Luke Clippinger - (410) 841-3303
Delegate John Cluster - (410) 841-3526
Remember, if your calls are less than polite it can actually hurt, not help. Neither bill will become law if legislators don't agree on a compromise by April 8. So, if you are a Maryland resident, make POLITE phone calls ASAP TODAY, preferably this morning. (Calls from non-Maryland residents are considered an annoyance so please call ONLY if you live in Maryland.) You can even call and leave a message before their offices open this morning!
By ALEX JACKSON email@example.com CapitalGazette.com
As expected, a measure to nullify a court ruling that designated pit bulls as "inherently dangerous" is headed to a House-Senate conference committee.
The House voted unanimously Monday to pass a bill on dog-bite lawsuits different from the one the Senate approved earlier this month.
Under the House approach, owners of all breeds of dogs would need to prove by a preponderance of evidence that they had no prior knowledge their dog was prone to biting.