CVA Legislative Priorities

In developing our strategy for 2021, CVA looked to renew many of the proposals that were left incomplete when the 2020 General Assembly session was cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic. We established four legislative priorities for this session: 

  • Oppose Bear Hunting in CT: About 10 bills were introduced this session to expand hunting opportunities in CT, including allowing a bear hunt in the State. Because of the complexities of legislating during a pandemic, the Environment Committee decided not to consider any bear-hunting bills this year. With several committee members and the Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) pressing for a bear hunt, we can expect vigorous debate on the issue next year.

  • Local Control of Pet Shops (HB 6542): This bill would clarify that local jurisdictions have authority over whether local pet shops can sell puppy mill dogs, cats and rabbits in their communities.  CVA joined other major animal advocacy organizations in testifying in favor of the bill.

  • An Act Prohibiting the use of Exotic and Wild Animals in Circuses and Exhibitions (SB 66): Despite garnering 24 co-sponsors, this bill also was not heard by the Environment Committee. Broad bi-partisan support for the measure will put it in a good position for next year.

  • An Act Prohibiting the Sale, Trade, or Distribution of New Animal Fur (HB 5031): The anti-fur bill also fell victim to the Environment Committee’s limit on the number of bills reported out. Progress was made, however, in educating elected officials on the cruel and inhumane issues surrounding the fur trade.

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Other Bills We're Supporting

  • An Act Prohibiting Import, Sale, or Possession of the Big Six African Species (elephants, lions, leopards, black rhinoceros, white rhinoceros, and giraffes) (SB 925): CVA testified in support of the bill, which was favorably reported out of Committee and sent to the House and Senate chambers for consideration.  

  • An Act Concerning Review of Animal Cruelty Laws by the Connecticut Sentencing Commission (SB 923):  CVA has worked closely with the bill sponsor, Rep. Dorinda Borer, including giving supportive testimony at the Judiciary Committee’s public hearing.

  • An Act Prohibiting the Operation of Greyhound Racing in the State (HB 6048): This bill would close the loophole in CT statutes and prohibit greyhound racing in the state.  CVA testified in support of the bill, which has been sent to the House and Senate floor for consideration.

  • An Act Concerning Animal Welfare (HB 6504): This bill from the State Dept. of Agriculture would make small revisions to animal-related statutes concerning domestic and companion animals and rabies quarantine periods, including increased funding veterinarian vouchers, the feral cat grant program, low-income vouchers for spaying and neutering cats and dogs. 

  • An Act Requiring the Tracking of Climate Change-Related Emissions from Foods Consumed by Residents of the State (HB 5030) The bill would augment the State’s environmental efforts by measuring life-cycle emissions associated with food.  CVA testified in support of the bill, but it will not move forward this year. It is a unique concept which needs time to mature before the legislature can grapple with it.