4 Days Left to Help Protect Animals from Abuse in Massachusetts
There are less than 4 days left to get H.4328 to the Massachusetts Senate before it’s too late! This is the final push to get this important bill to the floor.
H. 4328 (formerly called H.4244) increases penalties for animal abuse from 5 years to 7 years and $2,500 to $5,000. The bill also would require veterinarians to report animal cruelty and create a task force to recommend future protections for animals in our state.
Please make two critical phone calls today.
1. To Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo’s Office, 617.722.2500
All you have to do is say this: “Hello, please ask Speaker DeLeo to help pass H.4328 before July 31. This is the bill that would protect animals against animal cruelty in Massachusetts. Thank you.”
2. To the President of the Senate, Senator Murray’s Office, 617.722.1500
“Hello, please ask Senate President, Therese Murray to help pass H.4328. This is the bill that would protect animals against animal cruelty in Massachusetts. Thank you.”
Why is passing H.4328 so important?
- Massachusetts currently has one of the lowest fines in the nation for animal abuse.
- The penalties for animal abuse have not been updated in almost 10 years.
- 4 out of 5 cases of animal abuse remain undiscovered – requiring veterinarians to report abuse helps prevent cruelty and neglect.
- Studies indicate that 48-87% of veterinarians will encounter cases of animal abuse – some remain unsure about reporting it to authorities.
- The task force included in H. 4328 will make recommendations to improve reporting of animal abuse and increase protections for animals.
Visit arlboston.org/take-action for more on H.328 and what you can do to prevent animal cruelty.