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Massachusetts Bill Allows Animal Rights Activists to Sue Sportsmen

U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance

U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance

Columbus, OH --( Massachusetts State Senator Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford) recently introduced a bill that would allow private individuals to file a lawsuit for the “protection and humane treatment of animals.”   This is of great concern for all sportsmen, farmers, and dog owners.

Animal cruelty is already a crime in Massachusetts just as it is across the country.  Animal cruelty laws are enforced by experienced law enforcement officers, including local police forces and animal control officers, who are trained on what is and is not animal cruelty under the law and how to spot it.

Senate Bill 767 would end this proven system and instead give private citizens the ability to sue animal owners over what they perceive to be “animal cruelty” under the law.

“Under this bill, animal rights activists would be able to sue anyone – including sportsmen, farmers, and dog owners – whenever and wherever they think animal cruelty is being committed,” said Evan Heusinkveld, USSA’s Director of Government Affairs.  “This could force sportsmen and women who have done nothing wrong to spend thousands of dollars to defend themselves against animal rights zealots looking to take them to court.”

For example, if an animal rights activist thinks common dog training practices —such as using a shock collar or tethering— are inhumane, they would now be able to sue the sporting dog owner or trainer claiming animal cruelty.  Likewise, an activist that disapproves of certain farming practices could sue farmers for the practices they consider cruel.  Even if a judge ultimately throws out the case, the animal’s owner will likely have had to spend a good deal of money and time fighting the bogus lawsuit.

“Enforcement of animal cruelty laws should be left in the hands of trained law enforcement officers and not be given to animal rights activists to harass law-abiding animal owners and private citizens,” said Heusinkveld.

Massachusetts sportsmen and dog owners should contact their state senators and tell them to oppose this dangerous bill.  Use USSA’s Legislative Action Center to find your state senator’s contact information.

About:The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen’s organizations that protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. Visit

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  • 9 User comments to “Massachusetts Bill Allows & Encourages Animal Rights Activists to Sue Sportsmen”

    1. BonHomme Richard on March 1, 2013 at 10:41 PM said:

      Massachusetts, Wacko central.
      The home of Pelosi and the rest of the nuts

    2. Damn,you talk about some morons with mental issues ! Why in the hell do these crazy son of a bitches keep fighting mental health ? HBH

    3. jhamadey on March 2, 2013 at 4:54 AM said:

      Massachusetts, Wacko central. How about CA., NY., Connecticut, Colorado and any-other state were Progressives heavily dwell. I live in central Maine and it’s getting tuffer the Progs at bay. We still have no Castle Law and at last look do not recognize carry permits from other states. I wish 1/2 the gun owners would actively join the NRA.

    4. Nothing good comes out of MA except guns and ammo. PETA stands for “People eating Tasty Animals” I sell their BBQ sauce! Great stuff, good for gifts to those that think their meat comes from wal-mart.

    5. Jay Dee on March 2, 2013 at 11:09 AM said:

      I dunno. The law works boyh ways. Sportsmen could sue the animal rights wackos for abuse for interurrupting proper game management leading to disease, highway deaths & starvation. One could evrn sue the state highway department for highway deaths.

    6. Massachusetts Bill Allows & Encourages Animal Rights Activists to Sue Sportsmen | Liberty Hall on March 3, 2013 at 1:34 PM said:

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    7. conrad burns on March 3, 2013 at 8:05 PM said:

      It’s about time we we educated the good folks of Massachusetts who think, let me take that back, they don’t think of what a law like this does. There is one thing being intelligent than I have never been accused of, but it’s terrible sin to be ignorant. After spending 18 years in the United States Senate, this does not surprise me at all. All of those little counties in the Northeast that are considered states can think of some of the dumbest thanks to do. It makes one want to take the attitude that just let them starve.

    8. conrad burns on March 3, 2013 at 8:09 PM said:

      It is supposed to read things to do I had a stroke three years ago and can use my left hand so I use a program called Dragon. Every now and again it fails to pick up a word. Thanks for your patience.

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