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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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 Your voice is needed right now to help save elephants. 

See our Special Call to Action and ensure important legislation is passed to stop the sale of elephant ivory in Connecticut. 
Please support HB 6955

Get a printable version of the flyer below, and for further talking points about the need for CT to ban the sale ivory and rhino horn see this page.


 Mark your calendars for Jan. 31 
1-16-2014 - You are invited to the next CVA meeting, to be held on Saturday January 31, from 10 am to noon, at Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, 733 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, CT. We will be in the Rotary board room, and we'll talk about all our exciting legislation this year, including efforts to ban the sale of elephant ivory!
Please come and meet fellow CVA members and volunteers. We hope to see you there!

 Congratulations new Committee Chairs
12-12-2014 - CVA is looking forward to working with newly appointed Committee Chairs next session! The Environment Committee will be led by Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. and Rep. James Albis. Also, the Planning and Development Committee will be led by long-time animal advocate Rep. Auden Grogins. Congratulations to all new chairs! You can read more about Senate Committee assignments here, and House assignments here.

 Join the conversation on municipal animal shelters
12-12-2014 - SB 309, which passed last spring, established a Task Force to study a wide range of issues relating to municipal and regional shelters. This "Task Force for Humane Treatment of Animals in Municipal and Regional Shelters" has been assembled and is now 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, January 9 (originally scheduled for Wed the 7th). 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. 

 Connecticut returns pro-animal legislators to Hartford. 
11-9-2014: The election resulted in more Republicans taking over seats at the State Legislature. But what does this mean for animals? Read more ...
 Read our 2014 report on the legislative session 
 Read the report Download press release | Full summary of SB 445 provisions
 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.