Applaud Massachusetts’ New Animal Welfare Law

Target: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

Goal: Applaud law eliminating breed specific legislation and animal gas chambers

Amid all the horrible pet related stories out there, there are luckily some lawmakers attempting to make positive changes. Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick recently signed a new animal control bill that will, among other things, remove breed specific language from the state’s dangerous dog laws. It would also eliminate the use of gas chambers to euthanize shelter pets and provide a statewide spay/neuter program for homeless animals.

The new bill, which was originally developed by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and other local animal welfare organizations, also contains provisions that will prohibit anyone convicted of animal cruelty from working directly with animals, make it illegal to chain a dog outside for over 24 hours, provide training for animal control officers, and allow victims of domestic violence to include pets in restraining orders. The new programs will be funded solely through donations and grants. Senator Pet Jehlen stated that the new law, “manages to modernize and improve animal control without raising fees or taxes.”

Pet lovers in Massachusetts certainly have something to celebrate with the passing of this law. Breed specific legislation and gas chambers were both eliminated with the signing of one new bill. It’s certainly a step in the right direction, and one that hopefully other states will soon follow. By signing this petition, you are applauding Massachusetts’ new animal control law. Help show support of the new laws, and tell other US states to follow in Massachusetts’ footsteps to make breed specific legislation and gas chambers things of the past.


Dear Governor Deval Patrick,

Thank you for signing into law new legislation that eliminates both breed specific legislation and the use of gas chambers in Massachusetts.

This new law will surely help to improve the lives of countless animals and the people who love them throughout your state. One can only hope that other U.S. states will follow in Massachusetts’ footsteps and also institute similar laws. You are not only helping to improve the lives of your citizens, both human and furry, but are also setting an amazing example for the rest of the country to follow. Thank you.


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