Massachusetts: Keep Animals Away from Abusers
This action is for Massachusetts residents only.
Post-conviction animal possession bans are one of the most effective ways to ensure a person convicted of animal cruelty does not reoffend. These laws restrict an abuser’s access to animals, drastically limiting the pool of potential victims.
Current Massachusetts law prohibits offenders convicted of felony animal cruelty from working with animals. However, the law only explicitly allows courts to authorize an animal possession ban following a conviction of animal sexual abuse — not after other kinds of animal cruelty convictions. This bill would expand the applicability of animal possession bans to other serious animal cruelty crimes.
Pending legislation would prohibit a person convicted of serious animal cruelty crimes — including torture, mutilation, and dogfighting — from possessing, adopting, or fostering an animal for at least five years.
Help protect animals from convicted animal abusers. Please ask state legislators to co-sponsor An Act Relative to Protecting Animals From Abusers (H.1824/S.1111).
- Call your state legislators. If you’re able to make a phone call, please do so as phone calls have a greater impact than emails. You can use this message: “As your constituent, I urge you to support An Act Relative to Protecting Animals From Abusers, (H.1824/S.1111), and prohibit people convicted of animal cruelty from possessing animals for a set period of time.”
- After calling, please send a follow-up email to your state legislator using the form below. Personalizing your message will help it stand out.
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