Clark Recognized by MSPCA at the State House
State Senator addressed representatives from various animal protection organizations last week at State House.
The following is an announcement from the office of State Senator Katherine Clark:
Senator Katherine Clark (D-Melrose) was recognized by the MSPCA for “advocating for animals and her sponsorship of humane legislation” today as part of the Humane Lobby Day 2012 at the State House.
“I am delighted to receive this recognition,” said Senator Clark. “I am proud to partner with MSPCA to advocate for the humane treatment of animals.”
Senator Clark addressed over seventy-five representatives from the MSPCA, HSUS, ASPCA, Animal Rescue League of Boston, Mass. Animal Coalition, the Animal Control Officers Association, and animal protection organizations about her advocacy for animal rights at the State House on Thursday.
At the well-attended gathering, Senator Clark cited her sponsorship of Senate Bill 682, ‘An Act Relative to Domestic Violence and Animals’. The bill addresses the high correlation between domestic abuse and animal abuse and seeks to provide judges with the authority to issue orders including the victim’s pet when issuing abuse prevention orders.
A recent study found that over 85% of women entering domestic violence shelters experienced pet abuse in the family. “In many cases an abuser will threaten a beloved family pet as a way to manipulate a victim of domestic violence,” said Senator Clark. “This legislation will extend protections to family pets and take away a major control mechanism of abusers.”
Senators Chandler (D-Worcester), Jehlen (D-Somerville) and Representative Jason Lewis (D-Winchester) were also honored.