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CT Votes for Animals: Animals Don't Vote, People Do

Who are we? CVA envisions a future where all animals live in peace under the protection of strong laws. We work toward this vision by creating and improving Connecticut's laws and encouraging our elected leaders to make the well-being of animals their priority. We work with voters like you, legislators & other officials across CT government, and a hired lobbyist to introduce and pass pro-animal laws. We also fight the passage of harmful, inhumane laws.


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    Action Alert - Save the Bears and Stop Puppy Mills

      ACTION ALERT We need your help to make sure SB 586, bear hunting, is stopped from moving forward and HB 5386, to stop puppy mills gets voted out of the Environment Committee. The Committee is likely to vote on both bills Monday, March 18, 2019. If you are unsure who your representative is, you can check it with this link.  Please write or call them before Monday with the following message:  Strongly Oppose SB 586 -- Black Bear Hunting in Litchfield County I am a constituent and I strongly oppose this bill in any form.   I understand the bill may be modified to expand existing rules and create a loophole that will give authority to hunt bears in Litchfield County.  Farmer's already have the right to protect their property under DEEP rules and there is no reason to expand the authority.   Please vote no on SB 586. Strongly Support  HB 5386, -- Stop the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in CT pet stores   CT's pet stores are a pipeline for hundreds of commercial breeding facilities. Each time someone buys a dog in one of CT’s pet shops, another one is ordered from a commercial facility somewhere in the mid-west to take its place.  CT's pet shop law is broken and can never be fixed.  CT needs to join other states that are moving to stop inhumane and cruel breeding practices.  Our State has over 100 independent and chain pet supply stores that do not sell dogs, cats, or rabbits and thrive on a successful business model based on the ethical principles of adoption and rescue.  I believe CT's nine pet shop businesses can do the same.  Please bring HB 5386 for a vote at the Environment Committee and support its passage.  I'm counting on you to help CT be a leader in the humane treatment of animals.   Thanks for reaching out to your representative.  Remember, your voice counts in Speaking Up for Animals.    
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    Pet Stores - Connecticut's Pipeline to Misery

    How much is that doggie in the window used to convey a sentimental vision of a sweet puppy, lovingly bred and cared for. Reality is quite different. That cute puppy in the window of your local pet store costs anywhere from $1,500 to $2,000 +/–; the higher end usually for cross-breeds like a Chorkie – (Chihuahua/ Yorkie mix) or Maltipoo (Maltese/Poodle mix) or any latest mix that promises never to shed or make you sneeze. The dirty secret that pet stores don’t want you to know is that the puppy was born to a breeding female dog that languishes in what are possibly the cruellest and most inhumane settings you could image. To top it off, the federal government puts its stamp of approval on it saying these places are “USDA Certified,”meeting the standards of care under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
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