In another busy week in the final days of the 2018 legislatives session, we had our Senate Finance committee hearing on HB 1662, the bill banning the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores. The hearing went well, but we were all limited to very short testimony because of the lateness in session and the number of bills the legislature still has to get through. I cannot stress enough how critical this juncture is for the bill. We have to get out of this committee next week to have a chance at final passage.
This legislation will be historic, and we need the committee to feel how strong our support is in the state for this measure. Every office I’ve visited has mentioned that they are getting an incredible amount of contact about this bill – from BOTH sides. The opposition has ratcheted up their defense and are getting their customers, veterinarians and people in the industry from all around the country to oppose the bill. We need to be the overwhelming and resounding voice on this issue.
There are three things you can do today to help with this effort:
1 Please contact your Senator TODAY and ask them to vote YES on HB 1662. You can find contact information for your state senator and make a call to his/her office today and send our action alert letter. (p.s. if no one answers, it’s okay to leave a message – just remember to give them your name and address so they know you are a constituent)
2 After that, you can send a brief and polite note to the Senate Finance Committee and ask them to “Vote Yes on HB 1662 and stop the sale of puppy mill dogs in Maryland pet stores.” You can copy and paste the email block below to send to all 10 members at once.
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; Joanne.Benson@senate.state.md.us; Brian.Feldman@senate.state.md.us; firstname.lastname@example.org; JB.Jennings@senate.state.md.us; Katherine.Klausmeier@senate.state.md.us; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; Jim.Rosapepe@senate.state.md.us
3 Finally, please share the alert above with friends and family in the state and ask them to contact their state senators today!
Again, we have very limited time to get this bill out of the Senate Finance Committee and through the full Senate before April 9 and are facing intense opposition. Now is the time to give it all we’ve got and make history in Maryland by becoming only the second state to take such a strong stance against disgusting and cruel puppy mills!