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Nov/Dec 2022 Newsletter

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The 2023 session of the CT General Assembly begins in just a month and CVA is ready to advocate for a list of bills designed to better protect CT's animals. With your help, we will work to push them through this session. The measures include:

  • Promoting non-lethal methods for peaceful co-existence with CT’s black bears and to stop any efforts for a bear hunt in CT

  • Expanding Desmond's law to use a courtroom advocate in animal cruelty cases from only cats and dogs to all animals.  

  • Banning the sale of inhumane and commercially-bred cats, dogs, and rabbits from CT pet shops to stymie the “puppy mill” pipeline

  • Banning the use of wild and exotic animals at circuses and traveling shows

  • Stopping the use of second-generation rodenticides to protect birds of prey and other wildlife

  • Closing the statutory loophole to permanently ban greyhound racing in CT

Legislative Animal Supporters Launch Facebook Page

The General Assembly's Animal Advocacy Caucus has a launched its first Facebook page. Check it out. The bipartisan group will meet in December to determine which of the many animal-related bills -- including many on CVA's priority list -- it will champion this session.

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Final Advocacy 101 Webinars in December

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Want to be an advocate for animals during this legislative session, but not sure how? CVA is conducting three more virtual workshops on Dec. 6, 7, and 8 to help you learn your way around the state legislative process. The sessions feature lawmakers from regions throughout CT with good advice on how to contact your senators and representatives about laws designed to better protect CT animals. Join CVA supporters in SPEAKING OUT FOR ANIMALS. Register now.

Put CVA on your gift list this holiday season

At CVA, we depend on financial contributions from people like you who care about animals to continue our mission of  advocating for laws that make life better for all CT animals.  CVA is fortunate once again to have a $15,000 dollar-for- dollar match for our year end giving program made possible by the generosity of a private donor along with the CVA Board and Advisory Committee.  Remember if you act now your contribution will have twice the impact!.


Help us meet this challenge and give as generously as you can.  Consider making a recurring monthly donation securely on our website. Be assured that your gift is making a difference for CT animals. Your support means so much to CVA; we can’t do it without you.

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In the news...

'Animal Protection Laws You Should Know About'

Read about some of the most essential laws that CVA fights 

for in a wide-ranging interview with Executive Director Jo-Anne Basile in Our Companions' magazine, a publication of Our Companions Animal Shelter.

'Animals don't have a voice but you do.'

A former NJ State Senator speaks out about the frustrations -- and importance -- of animal advocates making their voices heard. It's completely relevant to CT as well. Read his OpEd.

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Mushroom & spinach 'Wellington' anyone?

Looking for something different to serve this holiday season? Here's a show-stopping vegan dish that you can prepare ahead and freeze. Just bake it when you’re ready to serve.


Remember to share your favorite vegan recipe. Email us at

Priorities Set for CVA’s 2023 Legislative Agenda


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