CVA Advocacy Workshop 2021

Learn how to advocate during a pandemic. Speak up for animals & make your voice heard

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General session, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

  • Welcome: Jo-Anne Basile, CVA Executive Director
  • Lobbying During a Pandemic – Joe Grabarz, CVA Advisory Council
  • Keynote: Representative Dorinda Borer, House Co-Chair Joint Committee on the Environment - 2021 Priorities

 Select ONE breakout session 12 - 12:45 p.m. *Sessions 1-4 run concurrently so you can participate in only one on January 30.  All sessions will be available on video following the workshop.


*Session 1. Local control of pet shops: A discussion with co-sponsors of 2021 legislation to clarify the authority of local jurisdictions regarding the sales of puppy mill dogs, cats, and rabbits in their local pet shops.

  • Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan
  • Representative Jason Doucette
  • Discussion Leaders: Debora Bresch, ASPCA; Annie Hornish, HSUS
  • Kathy Worth, CVA Advisory Committee, Moderator

*Session 2. Circus bill: A discussion with the co-sponsors of 2021 legislation to stop the use of exotic and wild animals in circuses and other live entertainment. 

  • Senator Will Haskell
  • Representative Ann Hughes
  • Discussion Leaders: Jill Alibrandi, Karen Laski, CVA Board of Directors

*Session 3. Go fur free: A discussion with co-sponsors of 2021 legislation to ban the sale of new fur products in the state.

  • Representative David Michel
  • Representative Jack Hennessey (invited)
  • Discussion Leaders: Amy Mallardi, CVA Advisory Council, Liz Garret, Fur Free CT

*Session 4. Stop A Bear Hunt and co-exist with wildlife: Working to prevent a bear hunt in CT and a better understanding of how to peacefully co-exist with wildlife.

  • Nicole Rivard, Friends of Animals
  • Laura Simon, CT Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
  • Jo-Anne Basile Moderator


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