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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What the bill does:
1) Establish a fund to support spay/neuter services through competitive grants and vouchers. Competitive grants will be available to shelters, rescues and animal control facilities. Reaching underserved populations is the most effective way to decrease Maryland's euthanasia rate.
2) Generate funding from a manufacturer surcharge on already existing pet food registration fees. The pet food industry is a $20 billion dollar industry with excellent sales projections for future years. Of all the funding mechanisms considered by the Legislative Spay/Neuter Task Force, this source was found to be the most reliable, sustainable and fair. If the manufacturers trickle this down, the maximum impact on individuals would be $0.36/pet/year.
Why is the bill needed?
1) 45,000 cats, dogs, kittens and puppies are killed in Maryland's shelters every year, for 10 years running. Pets entering Maryland shelters stand barely a 50% chance of survival.
2) This costs Maryland taxpayers $8 to $9 million dollars every year. A state spay/neuter program is the most humane and cost-effective solution. Similar programs in New Jersey and New Hampshire have reduced their euthanasia rate by 61% and over 75% respectively. And for every $1 these states put into their programs they saw savings of over $3 in impoundment and euthanasia costs.
3) A public attitude survey showed the vast majority of Marylanders surveyed support a state spay/neuter program and support paying for it through pet food, even if it costs them a few pennies.
4) The bill replaces the current antiquated system of mass euthanasia. This bill saves lives AND money. It's humane AND fiscally responsible.
Go to www.SaveMarylandPets.org to sign the petition and join the coalition.
Every day brings more AMAZING good news for the spay/neuter bill, S.B. 820/ H.B. 767. Today we learned that the House hearing for the bill is scheduled for Humane Lobby Day! That means that when you sign up to attend Humane Lobby Day you'll also get to attend the hearing and show your support for this landmark, life-saving bill.
Humane Lobby Day--and the spay/neuter bill hearing---is on Thursday, February 21. Join us by registering HERE!
UPDATE - The statewide spay/neuter bills (House and Senate versions) are out! Make no mistake, this is the most important animal protection bill that Maryland may have ever seen. When passed, it will save thousands of animals every year!
IMPORTANT NOTE - When you look at the bills, notice that the chairs of the committees that will consider the bills (McIntosh and Conway) have agreed to be co-sponsors! Also note the amazingly long list of co-sponsors: 56 Delegates and 14 Senators! This is TERRIFIC news and bodes well for the bills' success.
We are working with Del. Frush and Sen. Benson to try to have the bills scheduled for a hearing on Humane Lobby Day, February 21. So, save the date! The hearing would be at 1pm in Annapolis.
We'll keep you posted! This is so inspiring to see the great results of 2+ years of so much hard work!!
The session began on Wednesday, January 9th and several animal bills have already been introduced. There are even a couple of hearings scheduled for this week! Click HERE to find out who represents you and get ready to take action on behalf of Maryland's animals!! Here are the details, so far:
Voluntary Low-cost Spay/Neuter Program: This forthcoming bill is the result of two years of work by the Spay/Neuter Task Force. Their research found that 45,000 animals are tragically killed in Maryland's shelters every year at a cost of $8 - 9 million dollars. They also found that other states, like New Jersey and New Hampshire, have very successful state spay/neuter programs that have dramatically reduced the number of animals euthanized in their shelters, while reducing costs. Please contact your legislators today to ask them to co-sponsor the Spay/Neuter bill. Then please sign the petition and join the coalition at SaveMarylandPets.org.
Dog bite liability (SB 160/HB 78). These bills are in response to the Court of Appeals decision in April that "pit bulls" are "inherently dangerous," and holding not only owners but landlords and anyone else who has the right to control the dog's presence on the premises (vet clinics, boarders, groomers, doggy daycares, city dog parks, etc.) liable for any damages. As you might remember, the legislature took this issue up over the summer but failed to agree on the details – and this is a newly reached compromise! These bills reverse the ruling and remove the liability for landlords (and other third parties) and put in place a breed neutral standard for all dog owners. They have already been scheduled for hearings in the House Judiciary Committee on January 30 at 2:30pm and in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on February 5 at 1pm. If your legislators are on these committees, call them and ask for their support! Then send a follow up email. Also, our friends at B-More Dog have organized a rally before the hearing on January 30. Check out the details here, and I hope to see you there!
JOIN US! to pass a Low-cost Statewide Spay/Neuter Program....plus help End Breed Specific Legislation, Bait Dog use & more...
JOIN US! - in Annapolis, MD for Humane Lobby Day on Thursday, February 21, 2013!
If you'd like to make a tremendous difference for Maryland's animals, please RSVP online here.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: House of Delegates
Office Bldg, Rm 180
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Humane Lobby Day is an exciting opportunity to meet directly with your elected officials and their staff about legislation that will significantly impact animals. There will be a briefing with tips for lobbying, and an overview of pending animal legislation which will prepare you to meet your elected officials and advocate for animals.
Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013 5:00 am | Updated: 12:00 am, Sun Jan 20, 2013. CapitalGazette.com
Some Maryland lawmakers want to create a statewide spay-neuter program designed to save taxpayer money by lowering the number of pets euthanized.