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Action Alert

Massachusetts: Urge Your Legislators to Keep Animals Away From Convicted Abusers

This action is for Massachusetts residents only.

Current Massachusetts law only explicitly allows courts to prohibit owning or exercising control over animals after a conviction of animal sexual abuse.

Effective possession ban legislation like An Act relative to the ownership of pets by convicted animal abusers (S.2494) would extend this existing prohibition to other animal cruelty convictions. Courts would have the discretion to consider each case individually and extend the possession ban beyond five years and to any greater length of time deemed reasonable to protect animals.

S.2494 was released with a favorable report by the Joint Committee on Judiciary as a redraft, based on  language filed by Representative Tram Nguyen (H.3772), Assistant Minority Leader of the House Brad Hill (H.1435), and Senator Dean Tran (S.1037). S.2494 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

Please contact your state senator urging them to support the Possession Ban Bill (S.2494).

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