Jay has had a longstanding record of supporting the efforts of animal advocates. He has co-sponsored many bills that have been flagged as priorities by animal rights groups and constituents alike. He has fought against legislation that could potentially harm animals in his capacity as a former member of the Joint Committee on the Environment and his current membership of the Joint Committee on Municipalities. As a candidate, Jay has been endorsed by the Massachusetts Voters for Animals many times and has maintained a good report on the MSPCA’s Animal Legislative Score Card.
Below is a list of relevant animal rights bills that Jay has supported with a brief summary of each piece of legislation. Links to the bills full text is also included as well as the appropriate lead sponsor.
An Act to protect puppies and kittens (Rep. Jennifer Benson)
This bill would prohibit the sale of puppies and kittens younger than 8 weeks of age, establish a “puppy/kitten lemon law”, and requires MDAR to adopt regulations for certain dog/cat breeders. Most importantly, it ensures that consumers purchase their pets from breeders who adhere to minimum health and welfare standards [FULL TEXT]
An Act relative to the use of elephants in traveling animal acts (Rep. Lori Ehrlich)
This legislation would ban the use of circus elephants in all traveling animal acts in Massachusetts. Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros., plans to close its doors but there are still other smaller traveling shows featuring elephants that need the same protection. [FULL TEXT]
An Act relative to ivory and rhino horn trafficking (Rep. Lori Ehrlich)
Although President Obama has strengthened federal regulations which were riddled with loopholes toward elephants, enforcement has been lax, and any ivory that makes its way into Massachusetts can still be sold within our borders. This legislation would help to save elephants from the brink of extinction by reducing demand, strengthening enforcement, and increasing penalties. [FULL TEXT]
An Act concerning the use of certain insurance underwriting guidelines pertaining to dogs harbored upon the insured property (Rep. Lewis)
This legislation would ensure dog owners can buy insurance to provide compensation to anyone injured by their pet [FULL TEXT]