There was a lot of great news for animals out of the Virginia General Assembly this week! And we have officially reached “crossover,” the point at which bills that passed the Senate move to the House and vice versa.
Multiple priority bills that Humane Dominion has been working on passed the Senate with clear bipartisan support. These bills are:
- SB 1390 (Lewis) – in support of Trap-Neuter-Return of community cats.
- SB 1417 (Stanley) – requires research animals be given a chance to be adopted instead of euthanized.
- SB 1412 (Stanley) – prohibits anyone convicted of animal cruelty from working in a pet shop.
- SB 1379 (Boysko) – bill to end the production and sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.
The House cosmetics bill (HB 2250), which is the same as the Senate version, also passed the full House.
SB 1417, SB 1412, and SB 1390 move to the House Agriculture Committee.
Although the cosmetics bills (SB 1379 and HB 2250) are identical, they still have to make their way through the opposite houses, where they have been assigned to the Labor & Commerce Committee in each house.
SB 1390, the TNR bill, remains the most vulnerable bill, so if your Delegate is on the House Agriculture Committee, please reach out to them today and ask that they support SB 1390. The members are listed here. If you need to find out who your delegate is, you can find out here.
Thank you for your continued advocacy! Thanks to our Legislative Leaders and other advocates throughout Virginia, we have made great progress. We’re not there yet, but we hope you will monitor the progress of these bills over the coming weeks and help us get them over the finish line!