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!
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.
Do you care about animals? Of course you do! Then join MVFA's Facebook challenge. It's easy, let me explain.
As of yesterday, February 17, MVFA's Facebook page had about 500 members. So far so good because we're still a new organization. However, we need to increase that number dramatically if we want to have a real impact on the Maryland General Assembly.
Let me give you an example: The PAC for animals in Pennsylvania has a Facebook page that has over 7000 members. And this PAC has been successful in passing one of the most comprehensive puppy mill bills in the nation. Do you see a connection? I do. So here's the challenge:
Become a friend of our Facebookpage and then invite 10 of your friends to do the same. Then we'll be well on our way to having as many Facebook friends as they have in Pennsylvania. More importantly, we'll be well on our way to getting a good puppy mill law and many, many other important animal protection laws for Maryland. Because politics for animals is not a spectator sport!
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.