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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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 The 2016 Session has begun!
2-3-2016 Today marks the beginning of a new chance to enact more pro-animal laws for Connecticut. Our state's short session runs from February 3 - May 4 this year.
Animal cruelty is an act of violence. Too often, our state's courts seem to overlook this fact. Abusers get away with a hand slap, or worse yet, are not even prosecuted at all. Desmond, pictured at right, was severely abused and tortured to death, but his abuser got away with "Accelerated Rehabilitation." 
80% of the animal cruelty charges brought against individuals in Connecticut are dismissed. For these cases, there is no justice for the abused animal, and potentially violent criminals are permitted to walk free.
With your help, CVA will fight hard to remedy this injustice this session. We will be working with Rep. Diana Urban and other humane-minded legislators and advocates to pass "Desmond's Law." Otherwise known as the "court advocate bill," this will establish a volunteer advocate to represent animals in court who are the victims of cruelty. The aim of the bill is to reduce the number of dismissed cases, and help ensure punishments fit the severity of the violence committed. 
CVA will also use our collective voice on other issues that will likely arise this session, including:
  • Heavy restrictions on the sale of elephant ivory in Connecticut
  • Humane shelter & confinement requirements for dogs
  • Recommendations from the CT Task Force on the Humane Treatment of Animals in Municipal Shelters
  • Passing tougher animal cruelty penalties
  • Prohibiting insurance companies from discriminating against dog breeds
  • Prohibiting intensive confinement of farmed animals 
As always, CVA will fight against bills that would be harmful to animals. 
You can help by forwarding this message to your friends, colleagues, and neighbors. The more people who speak, the more powerful our voice for animals. Ask them to please sign up for our emailed action alerts, which will guide them through the process of contacting their legislators - they simply go to our Web site at and click "Join us" 
Stay tuned for further updates this session. Together we can change lives.
Mark your calendar! Thursday the 28th, come to Yale's campus and learn more about why we need to ban the sale of ivory in CT !
1-20-2016 Hear expert guest speaker John F. Calvelli, Executive VP for Public Affairs, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and Director: 96 Elephants Campaign speak on the ivory trade.

“96 Elephants: The Fight to End Illegal Ivory”
Time: Thursday, January 28th, 2016 - 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Place: Sage Hall Bowers Auditorium, 205 Prospect Street, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University
Presenter: John F. Calvelli, Executive Vice President for Public Affairs, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Director: 96 Elephants Campaign

 CVA participates in Environmental Summit 

12-4-2015 Thank you to Senator Ted Kennedy Jr. for hosting a very informative 12th district Environmental Summit last night in Branford! Senator Kennedy is the Senate co-chair of the CT legislature's Environment Committee, and he organized this engaging series of panel discussions to gather ideas from his constituents who are on the frontlines of environmental and animal advocacy. 

CVA was invited to attend the summit, and CVA Advisory Council member Jo-Anne Basile was asked to be a panelist for the segment on animal welfare. Jo-Anne, a resident in Senator Kennedy's 12th district, spoke about the importance of treating animal cruelty as a serious offense, and urged support for the Court Advocate bill (aka Desmond's Law), which will be a 2016 priority for CVA. 

The panel also included Laura Burban, "ACO Extraordinaire" for the Dan Cosgrove Shelter in Branford! We hope this event will inspire continued discussion about important Environmental and Animal Welfare issues facing Connecticut. 

 11-23-15 An Afternoon for Animals was a HUGE success! Many, many thanks to all of you who attended - your support is crucial in giving animals a voice at the Capitol, as we fight for humane laws next session.

Special thanks to Arugula in West Hartford for hosting our event and serving up *outstanding* food, and to our generous raffle prize sponsors: LUSH CosmeticsJohn Gagnon's Pet ResortPure Love Granola,Metal ObjectsFurry Friends Massage TherapyTunxis Plantation Country Club, and Protectors of Animals.

We are enormously proud to have Amy Gagnon as a board member, who put this event together, and it could not have gone better! We are also thankful to the volunteers who helped make the event a success: Eva Magnuszewski, Jessica Rubin, Ruth Cutrone, Lindsay Karl, Sally Westcott, and our speaker Elizabeth Abbe. Cheers!

 Saturday October 17th was Pit bull Awareness Day in Ansonia, and thanks to the leadership of our Events coordinator, Henry Petrofsky, CVA's booth was busy as usual! Pictured below is Sue King, Sally Westcott, and Henry Petrofsky!

 On Friday October 16, CT Votes for Animals was honored to be a beneficiary of the 4th annual Lexi's Night for Rescue, a fundraiser held in Norwalk for several rescue and advocacy organizations. Stacey Christoforides, a CVA member, organized the event, and it was a fun and smashing success! below is Amy Harrell with humane legislator Rep. Brenda Kupchick (Fairfield).

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



 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.