Welcome to CVA's first Legislative Scorecard for Animals. CVA’s Scorecard is a record of how CT’s State Legislators voted on bills that CVA identified as priorities or otherwise believed had a significant impact on animals in the state. Election day, November 6, 2018, is swiftly approaching. This is an important election and we encourage everyone to vote. CVA doesn’t endorse candidates but we’re hopeful that CVA’s Legislative Scorecard for Animals will guide its members in their decision-making process. A scorecard is a record of how legislators voted but it doesn’t adequately represent the work that our legislative friends have put into protecting animal welfare interests in the State. Just this year Representative Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and Representative Diana Urban (D-43) were awarded CVA’s first Animal Champion Award for their continuing efforts to create better laws for CT's animals. And when you look at a legislator’s voting record pay attention to who has sponsored CVA's priority bills. While not complete it begins to paint a picture of those who have worked hard to make a difference for animals, and we need more state legislators like them. Because this is not an all-encompassing picture, CVA encourages members to reach out to the respective candidates running for State Representative and Senator in their district and ask directly about their views on animal welfare in the State, specifically reducing animal cruelty and providing a more humane environment for all animals. To get you started we've put together a few sample questions. Remember, State legislative elections only happen every two years; Vote like the life of CT’s animals depend on it...because it does! Click on the Image of the Scorecard below to open the document.
Get to know CT Votes for Animals! A new video has been created showcasing what CVA does for animals in the state, and how CT residents can join us to support this critical work. Animals across Connecticut need YOUR help and this is a great organization to do that in a very long term, impactful way. Many thanks to Mark Bellusci at Bellusci Creative for filming, editing, and participating in this beautiful video, and to CVA volunteer Chris Kerin for his partnership throughout this process.
Check out this amazing preview 'teaser' video about CVA produced by our friends at Bellusci Creative! (And be on the lookout for the full version!) We had so much fun making this with the video team and are looking forward to the full version! CVA has some amazing and talented supporters in the community: thank you so much to Mark Bellusci and Chris Kerin!
Connecticut Votes for Animals is appalled by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Administration’s proposed roll back of protections for African elephants. Permitting U.S. importation of animal trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe would only further devastate an already-dwindling population of elephants. According to the Great Elephant Census, Zambia’s elephant population declined from 200,000 to around 21,000 over the past few decades, and Zimbabwe lost 6% of its elephant population from 2007 to 2014. Zimbabwe’s wildlife management is already infamously poor, and its recent political crisis can only lead to further mismanagement of the species. In light of these facts, it is inconceivable that the U.S. Government would blatantly encourage further devastation of the elephant population through these proposed policies. Continue reading
Join Representative Brenda Kupchick and CVA in reminding citizens not to leave children and pets in hot cars. Representative Kupchick led the town of Fairfield in adopting a public safety campaign, and several towns have already taken up the call. An easy “how to” guide has been developed and now Representative Kupchick and CVA are asking other towns around the State to adopt a program of their own. Help those with no voice and start a public safety campaign in your town. Contact your local elected officials and/or Police Chief to see if your town can adopt this program. Here is more information on the program that you can reference when reaching out to your local officials! Heat_Kills_Program_Overview.pdf Continue reading
Fantastic news! Governor Malloy has signed our 2017 priority bill, HB 6334 (the Shelter Licensing Bill), which will help ensure that animals receive humane care in all nonprofit animal shelters throughout our state. Read more about the bill here. Continue reading
SB 130 has been introduced in the CT state legislature by Senator Craig Miner (R), and co-sponsored by Rep. Melissa Ziobron (R). The bill would impose a surcharge, i.e. "tax" on all pet adoptions from private rescue organizations (non-profit shelters, animal adoption or rescue groups) and municipal shelters. The current bill language sets the surcharge at 5% of the total adoption fee, however, in the past the bill's sponsors stated they are open to suggestions on the amount. Continue reading
Animal shelters are a place of comfort and safety for animals that have been separated or abandoned by their people. These shelters are staffed by dedicated professionals and a core of selfless volunteers who are tireless in their efforts to keep these pets from harm and find them loving permanent homes. Unfortunately, well-meaning shelters sometimes find themselves underprepared and overwhelmed to cope with the rigorous demands of running a shelter responsibly. Recently, Connecticut has witnessed the consequences of such poorly-run shelters: facilities are subject to closure, directors are charged with animal cruelty, and dozens of animals are seized, imposing a huge burden on other rescuers or municipalities. No one wants to close a shelter, yet law enforcement has no tools to intervene before conditions become inhumane and shelter closure becomes the only course of action. Continue reading
CT Votes for Animals has recently moved to a new Web platform called Nationbuilder that will allow our organization to further expand and mobilize animal-loving voters in Connecticut. Our new site offers streamlined communications and additional functionality, such as text-message alerts. The Web address is still at http://ctvotesforanimals.org Please take a moment to update your contact information by visiting our signup page. We hope you find the new design easier to navigate!
This year, you have helped Connecticut make history! This session we combined forces with the bill's champion Rep. Diana Urban and passed innovative new legislation that will give animals a voice in court. In animal cruelty cases, there can now be advocates who will shine a bright light on the full extent of the atrocities committed against animals who are the subject of criminal or civil proceedings. The courts will have "the whole story" to use in making decisions in the interests of justice. Continue reading