August 17 2018,  Malden

Massachusetts Voters for Animals endorses Sen. Lewis for reelection

Massachusetts Voters for Animals endorses Sen. Lewis for reelection

 

Massachusetts Voters for Animals has endorsed State Senator Jason Lewis for reelection, citing his strong record of advocacy on behalf of animal welfare and protection in the Commonwealth. Senator Lewis is a lifelong friend to animals: Even fictional dogs like Clifford have been known to stop for a photo and handshake!

Massachusetts Voters for Animals (MVA) has endorsed State Senator Jason Lewis for reelection in the 5th Middlesex District, citing his strong record of advocacy on behalf of animal welfare and protection in the Commonwealth.

“Massachusetts Voters for Animals is delighted to once again endorse Senator Jason Lewis. Senator Lewis is a compassionate and determined advocate for animal rights,” said MVA Steering Committee Member Marge Peppercorn. “He has led multiple efforts on animal protection legislation over the years, including restricting the sale of ivory and rhino horn and prohibiting the strict confinement of farm animals. We know he will continue to be a strong voice for animals here in Massachusetts.”

“I’m proud to have the support of Massachusetts Voters for Animals,” said Senator Lewis. “Animals deserve to be treated humanely and to be protected from cruelty and abuse, whether they are our beloved pets, farm animals or wild animals. I will continue to advocate for legislation that supports animal rights and welfare.”

During his time in the state legislature, Senator Lewis has championed several major bills to protect and improve animal welfare in the Commonwealth and beyond, including the following:

  • Legislation to prevent the slaughter of elephants and rhinos in Africa by curtailing the ivory and rhino horn market in Massachusetts, which contributes to the illegal wildlife trade and criminal poaching operations (passed the Senate in 2018).
  • Legislation that was signed into law in 2014 to end the shark fin trade in Massachusetts in order to discourage the cruel practice of shark finning and protect the oceans’ ecological balance.
  • Legislation to prohibit the cruel confinement of farm animals, including pigs, calves and egg-laying hens (overwhelmingly approved by Massachusetts voters in a ballot referendum in 2016).
  • An Act to Protect Animal Welfare and Safety (PAWS II), which strengthens animal welfare protections for pets and other animals; it was recently signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker.

MVA is a nonpartisan advocacy organization that supports candidates for office based on their support for animal protection. In addition, MVA maintains a “legislative scorecard” and tracks animal welfare bills through the legislative process in order to educate and inform Massachusetts voters.

Senator Lewis will be on the ballot for reelection in the Democratic Primary on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. To learn more about his reelection campaign and get involved, please visit ElectJasonLewis.com or find the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.

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