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.
Want to get involved with helping animals? Start here!
Pending legislation would double the penalties for violating the state's animal cruelty law
By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun
7:48 PM EST, February 17, 2011
Here is the list of pending bills and an updated hearing schedule for several animal protection bills (and tthree bills to oppose) that are coming up in the 2011 session of the Maryland General Assembly. If you'd like to come to the hearing and testify, GREAT! Just let MVFA know that you're coming so we can plan for you.
Or, if your legislator is on the committee for a particular bill, please contact him/her to let them know you'd how you'd like them to vote.
Animal Control Aims to Increase Adoptions: Launches Marketing Blitz to get all "Adoptable" Animals a New Home
by Scott Daugherty, Capital Gazette Communications, Published 01/30/11
Following a flood of concern about adoption rates, county officials earlier this month announced new marketing efforts aimed to get every "adoptable pet" at Animal Control into a home.
Tonight I was saddened and appalled to watch Maryland Public Television and Rick Steves promote the production of foie gras on his show, Europe Through the Backdoor.
The sign outside the Anne Arundel County Animal Control facility in Millersville boasts a 93-percent adoption rate. It's a little off.
The State of Maryland is taking positive steps toward becoming a humane state thanks to YOU! That's because YOU voted 49 humane candidates into office in the Maryland General Assembly and 2 humane candidates onto the Anne Arundel County Council. In fact, only 2 candidates that MVFA endorsed didn't win. That means that YOU elected 96% of our endorsed, humane candidates. What a record! Congratulations!
Please review the below list of winning candidates who have committed to helping inact laws to protect animals. Then notice if YOUR lawmakers were elected. Then make a point of staying in touch with them during the 2011 legislative session to remind them that you care about animal protection.
After all, politics is about relationships; YOUR relationship with YOUR elected officials (through calls and emails) will make all the difference in making animal protection laws a priority for them. Laws like a state-wide spay/neuter fund, a puppy mill law, an anti-tethering law and many other much-needed laws to protect domestic, farm and wild animals in Maryland.