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Urge your elected officials to support PAWS II.

The Massachusetts legislature could soon enact sweeping animal protection legislation called PAWS II (S. 2347). If it becomes law, PAWS II will make our state a safer and more humane place for the pets we love. The legislation recently passed through the Senate with a unanimous vote – an indication of the bipartisan support this comprehensive bill holds — and is currently in the House Ways and Means Committee.

One of the key provisions of PAWS II would give dogfighting victims the second chance at life they deserve. Sadly, Massachusetts is one of 10 states to stigmatize these innocent victims. What’s worse, our archaic law, dating from the mid-19th century, mandates that all dogfighting victims be automatically killed. It doesn’t matter if the victim is an eight-week-old puppy, a stolen pet, a dog who could not be trained to fight, a breeding mother dog, or a dog who will thrive in a home. These canine victims of cruelty deserve a second chance. 

There are numerous other provisions to the legislation that will make life better for our pets, which is why it is so essential that our representatives hear from us.

Take action now and ask your representative to support PAWS II and urge her or him to let House Ways and Means know that this is a priority bill that deserves a vote of the full House. 

Don’t stop there. Share this message on Facebook, Twitter and your other social media platforms. This is a numbers game; the more of us who act, the better our chances of success will be. 

Our animals need your voice. Act now to Save Them All.

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Dear [Decision Maker],

As a constituent, I urge you to support the lifesaving PAWS II legislation (S. 2347) and to ask House Ways and Means to favorably report this important bill out of committee.

Shockingly, Massachusetts is one of only 10 states that continues to stigmatize canine dogfighting victims. What's even worse, an outdated law dating from the mid-19th century actually requires that all of these victims be automatically euthanized. It doesn't matter if the victim is an eight-week-old puppy, a stolen pet, a dog who could not be trained to fight, a breeding mother dog, or a dog who will thrive in a home. That type of cruelty has no place in our state and is reason enough to support PAWS II.

There are numerous other provisions that will dramatically improve the lives of our state's pets, which is exactly why it is so important for this bipartisan bill to move forward to the House floor.



Massachusetts has taken steps to be a national leader on animal protection and welfare issues. PAWS II (H. 2347) is the necessary next step. Please support this bill.

Sincerely,