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CVA envisions a future where all animals live in peace under the protection of strong laws. We work toward this vision by creating and improving Connecticut's laws and encouraging our elected leaders to make the well-being of animals their priority. We work with voters like you, legislators & other officials across CT government, and a hired lobbyist to introduce and pass pro-animal laws. We also fight the passage of harmful, inhumane laws. 

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 No sales taxes for veterinary care! See our 2015 end of session report on animal legislation in Connecticut. 

 Mark your calendars!
Upcoming October events:
October 8, the Animal Law Section of the CT Bar Association will present a program titled "The Violence Gateway: From Animal Abuse to Domestic Abuse and Beyond." The program will run from 4:00 - 7:30 at Quinnipiac University Law school. For more information and to register see:
October 16, Lexi's Angels Presents "A Night For Rescue." CVA is honored to be among the beneficiaries of this annual fundraiser in Norwalk. It will be held from 7:00 - 11:00 PM at the Continental Manor, 112 Main street, Norwalk, and feature buffet dinner (veg options included), cash bar, music, silent auction, and much more. Tickets are $40 in advance, or $45 at the door and can be obtained by emailing
CVA will also have a table at the following events. Please stop in and say hello!
8-28-2015-  CVA will hold an open meeting for all current and interested CVA members and volunteers on Wednesday September 9 at 6:00 pm at the New Morning Market at 129 Main St N, Woodbury, CT. Please come and get to know more about CVA's ongoing work, as well as meet other like-minded animal lovers!
Previously, we had alerted you to a special screening of the film "When Giants Fall" to be held on September 8. But due to several unforeseen circumstances, that event has been cancelled. Anyone who reserved tickets has not been charged. We hope to reschedule this screening for some future date. 
We hope to see you on the 9th in Woodbury!


 Your voice is needed in support of tighter federal ivory regulations

8-6-2015 - Great news! The federal government recognizes the need to preserve our endangered species, and has proposed new tighter restrictions on the ivory trade. The proposed regulations have been published, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service is taking comments through September 28, 2015.
Your voice is needed to support these proposed regulations and ensure the United States continues on its path toward completely closing its markets to elephant poachers. Antique dealers and special interests are already providing vocal opposition to these proposed measures. 
The proposed regulations would not affect ivory trade within states like Connecticut, but it would further restrict sales across state lines. Read the New York Times' article on these proposed new regulations. A more thorough summary is available here.
You can provide your voice of support for these regulations by visiting the official Web page here, and clicking the blue "Comment now!" button on the right side of the page. 
With the public outrage over Cecil the lion's death, we may be entering a tipping point in the international management of endangered species. Government officials have no choice but to listen to the widespread disgust over the brutality inflicted on innocent wild animals. Now is the time to speak!



 CT Votes for Animals is a proud participant in the Food For Thought campaign, which encourages animal organizations to adopt a vegan menu policy for events they sponsor. Please see more information on their Web site here, and consider adding your organization as well: 

CVA's policy is as follows: "It is the policy of Connecticut Votes for Animals to provide only plant-based (vegan) menus when sponsoring events. For potlucks, attendees are strongly encouraged to bring plant-based food. If CVA participates in a larger event with other organizations, CVA will advocate for a humane menu, as far as possible. "

 Join the conversation on municipal animal shelters

7-12-2015  The "Task Force for Humane Treatment of Animals in Municipal and Regional Shelters" is meeting monthly at the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Hartford. See their Web site, which includes the Task force's charge, their membership, meeting agendas and minutes, and other documents. 

Please note that the next Task Force meeting will be held on Friday, August 7. All meetings are open to the public, and typically the agenda includes a period during which the public is welcome to testify or comment on any matter pertaining to municipal shelters and related issues.
These meetings provide a rare opportunity to publicly express your ideas for improving our municipal and regional shelter systems! If you would like to speak, please attend one of their meetings. 

 Help Spread the Word About CT's Dog Chaining Laws

CVA Volunteers have developed an informational poster describing CT's dog chaining laws - including this summer's new law prohibiting dogs from being tied outside during official weather advisories. Please post this flyer in veterinary offices, pet supply stores, local shelters, and anywhere animal-friendly people will see it! Click the image below to download and print, and/or Share on Facebook.