Animal Protection & Legislation

The Animal Protection Division of the MSPCA informs the public about issues, works for better animal-protection laws nationally and statewide and helps individuals and communities co-exist with animals.

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Latest News 

Cruelty Task Force
We are excited to be a part of the new animal cruelty task force formed with the PAWS Act that passed earlier this year. The first meeting will be held in December. Read more.

Animal Cruelty bill passed
S. 2345 was sigend by the Governor on August 20th! It will increase the penalties associated with animal cruelty. It will also mandate veterinary reporting of animal cruelty and create a task force to assess Mass. cruelty laws.

Speak Out for Animals
Thank you to everyone who attended Lobby Day at the State House. See some photos here. There are many ways to speak for those who can't: take action on legislation, use the media to raise awareness for animals, attend an animal advocacy training session, and/or join us to testify on animal bills.

Legislation Passed this Year
In addition to S. 2345 to increase penalties for animal aubse, S. 1172, to protect pets in disasters, was signed by the Governor in March! H. 4088 banning the possession and sale of shark fins was signed into law on July 24, 2014!

Do your legislators have pets? Visit to find out.

Shelter and Rescue Regulation
We've testified for several years on bills that deal with the regulation of shelters and rescue groups. We have expressed our concern about the bills being broad and with some of the language. We testified on these regulations proposed by the Dept. of Agricultural ResourcesSee also the Mass. Animal Coalition for more information.

Circus Cruelty
Are you concerned about animals in entertainment? Do you think that lions, tigers, bears, and elephants should be forced to perform tricks to entertain people? Some people think of animals in circuses as tradition - but they don't realize how much cruelty is behind this 'tradition'. Learn more about the circus on our website and in a new article,"The Cruelest Show on Earth".

Got Critters?
The MSPCA's Intruder Excluder can help you to figure out which wild animals are turning your house into their home and what you can do to humanely encourage them to move elsewhere.

Donate to Advocacy
You're interested in legislation, so you understand how important our work is to animals in Massachusetts. Please support our efforts with a donation to the Advocacy Department.