February E-News: 2021 CVA Advocacy Workshop

2021 CVA ADVOCACY WORKSHOP: Conversations with legislators and experts

Animal advocates were engaged, enlightened, and energized for the 2021 legislative session during CVA’s virtual Advocacy Workshop last month. More than 200 advocates signed up and more than 130 joined the opening Zoom session.  A special thank you to the Community Foundation for Eastern Connecticut for their partnership in presenting this workshop. 

The workshop brought together six state lawmakers, experts, and advocates to discuss CVA’s priority issues and share tips for lobbying during a pandemic. Lobbyist Joe Grabarz of Gallo Robinson indicated that this year’s virtual session is forcing lawmakers to be more transparent. “They are home and are frustrated they can’t interact with their constituents,” he said. “They want to hear from you!”

CVA was honored to have the House chair of the Environment Committee, Rep. Dorinda Borer as the keynote.  She provided a frank assessment of the many humane animal bills introduced to the Committee this session. If you missed the Workshop, you can watch the videos through CVA’s website. You can choose from the general session with Rep Borer and lobbying tips from Joe Grabarz.  Also available are the individual breakout sessions with Sen. Will Haskell and Rep. Anne Hughes discussing SB 66, the circus bill, Rep. Jason Doucette and Rep. Raghib Allie-Brennan on HB 5974, local pet shop regulation, Rep. David Michel on HB 5013 banning the sale or trade of new fur (See Fur Free CT column below), and Nicole Rivard of Friends of Animals, and Laura Simon of the CT Wildlife Rehabilitators Assoc. on bears and other wildlife.