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May 2023 Newsletter

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The CT legislature is sprinting toward the end of its six-month session on June 7 with the outcome of several animal bills still in question. We need YOU to join other animal advocates at the Capitol on May 25, May 30 & May 31 to convince lawmakers of the importance of these bills. These lobby days are your opportunity to make your voice heard.


Senate approval of these bills is needed to become law.

  • HB 5575 updates municipal animal shelter regulations

  • HB6615 permanently bans Greyhound Racing in CT

  • HB 6714 updates CT’s laws on animal sexual abuse and to ban possession of animals by those convicted of animal cruelty.

  • HB6481 prohibits the outdoor release of helium balloons to protect the environment and wildlife

Ask your lawmakers to oppose or amend these bills.

  • HB 6726 enables large scale farming and slaughter of rabbits by allowing farmers to cruelly raise and slaughter 1000 rabbits for commercial meat production as proposed by the CT Dept. of Agriculture.  

  • SB 1148 as passed by the Senate does not protect people or bears. It allows unregulated shooting of bears, creating a public safety risk, guts a ban on feeding bears, and sabotages humane efforts to address human-bear interactions.

Lastly, SB 962 prohibiting the use of second generation rodenticides must be amended to effectively save CT’s birds of prey and other wildlife. We are seeking additional language placing a two-year moratorium on the use of these rodenticides. 


Get details about the pending legislation and our onsite advocacy efforts in Hartford.

Spotlight on Volunteer Coordinator Ruth Cutrone 

If you’ve attended – or plan to attend – any of the animal-related festivals or other events in which CVA has a presence, you’ll likely see volunteer extraordinaire Ruth Cutrone. She began helping out at events more than ten years ago and has served as events coordinator since 2018. Learn more about Ruth and see the event listings below to answer her call for more volunteers.

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Upcoming Events: Come Lend a Hand!

Newf Fest New England 

May 27, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Rain Date Sunday, May 28th) 
101 Paper Mill Rd, Killingworth, CT     


2023 Middletown Pride 

June 3, 1 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Main Street and surrounding areas 


Catherine’s Butterfly Party 
June 10, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.  
3 Primrose Street, Newtown CT   


Compassionfest 2023 
July 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  
Whitneyville Cultural Commons, 1253 Whitney Ave., Hamden   


Contact if you’d like to volunteer, and watch for our next newsletter with more events in late summer and fall. 

CVA Governance Growth Continues

John Capasso is the newest member of CVA’s Advisory Council which works with the Board and staff to implement CVA’s vision and mission of improving life for CT animals by advocating for changes in public policy. A certified public accountant by profession, John has served as chief financial officer (CFO) for a number of companies throughout his career – currently at Easypak -- and  brings deep knowledge of the world of corporate and organizational finance to CVA. John lives in Fairfield with his wife and cat.

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BBQ Jackfruit with Apple Slaw and Mexican Street Corn 


Summer is approaching and that means time for grilling season! If you’re looking for a few new recipes to add to your vegan BBQ collection, these are perfect - and together they make a complete family dinner or casual company fare. The kids will love it, too.


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Animal Bills Still Undecided at the Capitol


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