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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There were two really bad bills for animals in the 2011 session of the Maryland General Assembly: the livestock bill (supported by the Farm Bureau) and the extended Sunday hunting bill (supported by the Department of Natural Resources, DNR). Luckily, we defeated both these bills in committee.
But which legislators sponsored these bills? And who voted for them in committee?
The 2011 session of the Maryland General Assembly was a great success for animals. But this didn't happen without the dedication of a few compassionate legislators who were willing to sponsor the bills and push hard to get them passed. So who are these champion legislators, and how do we say thanks to them?
“A magical session for animals.” These are the words of a key staffer in the Maryland General Assembly. Why would she say that? Because animal protection has been on the back burner in Maryland until this year. In the 2011 session animals had success after success. We defeated the “bad bills” for animals and passed the “good bills” for animals.
We did this, of course, with your help. Your calls and emails to your legislators on behalf of animals are the force that is changing Maryland for the better, making our legislators take animal protection bills seriously and support them. These victories are YOUR VICTORIES.
Please take a moment to make donation to MVFA as a part of our $10,000 GET POLITICAL FOR ANIMALS CHALLENGE. Note: MVFA is an all volunteer organization so every penny goes directly to our work to pass laws protecting animals.
Thank you to Delegate Ron George for his support of MVFA's position on all the bills listed below. We also appreciate him keeping us in the loop on the status of the bills. Way to go, Delegate George!
Email received on 3/14/201:
Today was a great day for animals in the Maryland General Assembly: two good bills passed and one bad bill was defeated. Here are details.
- The spay/neuter task force bill (HB 339) passed the House 129 to 8 today!!!
- The animal cruelty bill (HB 227) passed the House unanimously today!!!
- The livestock advisory board bill (nice name, bad bill) was withdrawn.
Overall, an amazing day for animals in Annapolis. Thanks so much for all of the calls and emails – none of this would have happened if it weren’t for you!
Maryland Votes For Animals (MVFA) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) joined together with 80 of Maryland's most dedicated animal activists for Humane Lobby Day in Annapolis on Thursday, February 17. THANK YOU to everyone who attended!
Highlights of the day included a warm welcome to the attendees by Speaker of the House, Michael Busch, who has been instrumental in helping Maryland Votes For Animals with the statewide spay/neuter task force bill. This task force will develop a comprehensive spay/neuter program tailored to Maryland that will be introduced in the 2012 session. This is a huge first step toward a statewide spay/neuter program for Maryland and we are incredibly grateful to Speaker Busch.