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The MSPCA's legislative and public policy work is essential to bring about long-term change for animals. We work locally and nationally to improve animal protection laws and regulations. This work is sustained through our volunteer Animal Action Team members who write letters, make phone calls, attend lobby days at the State House and meet with legislators to help improve the lives of animals.

New Legislative Session
The new legislative session started January 7th. Visit our page on current legislation to find out what new bills have been filed.

Cruelty Task Force Meeting
The next meeting of the Task Force formed with last year's PAWS Act is on August 20.

Speak Out for Animals
Lobby Day for Animals will was held on May 13, 2015 at the State House with more than 150 advocates in attendance. There are many ways to speak for those who can't: take action on legislation, use the media to raise awareness for animals, and/or join us to testify on animal bills

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 an article,"The Cruelest Show on Earth". 

What happened in the last legislative session?
Read about what new laws were enacted for animals.

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 9/24/13 on these regulations proposed by the Dept. of Agricultural ResourcesSee also the Mass. Animal Coalition for more information.

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.