Pets and animals are an important part of our lives and our families. We must work to ensure they are taken care of and protected, and that those who hurt them are held accountable. I am proud of the work the Maryland General Assembly did this year to continue to protect our furry friends.
Passed a number of key bills protecting animals:
* HB 22/SB 67: bans the practice known as 'declawing', which is really cutting off the last digit of a cat's paws.
* HB 52/SB 381: prohibits the sale of parts of or products made from 11 species of imperiled animals, including elephants, tigers, giraffes, and great apes. I sponsored this bill.
* HB 16/SB 44: protects animals by prohibiting leaving animals unattended outside in extreme temperatures.
* HB 1062: establishes procedures for humane societies or law enforcement agencies to recover the costs of caring for animals seized from cruelty or severe neglect.