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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 ownership or contact with animals after a conviction of animal sexual abuse.

Effective possession ban legislation – like An Act Relative to Protecting Animals From Abusers (H.3772) – filed by Representative Tram Nguyen – would address this gap by extending the 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.

Bills with similar intent were filed by State Senator Dean Tran (S.1037) and State Representative Brad Hill (H.1435).

The February 5 deadline for a bill to be released from its joint committee is looming, and your legislators need to hear from you. Please contact your state representative and state senator urging them to support the Possession Ban Bill (H.3772, S.1037, and H.1435).

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