A bill introduced by Massachusetts State Senator Mark Montigny (D- New Bedford) could open the door for private lawsuits for suspected animal cruelty. According to the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA), Senate Bill 767 would grant private citizens to sue pet owners, farmers and possibly even hunters for perceived ill-treatment. The bill is one of several others filed that The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) calls a clarification of current laws. Other legislation involves guidelines for veterinarians, dog trainers and trappers.

“Under this bill, animal rights activists would be able to sue anyone – including sportsmen, farmers, and dog owners – whenever and wherever they think animal cruelty is being committed,” said USSA Government Affairs director Evan Heusinkveld. “This could force sportsmen and women who have done nothing wrong to spend thousands of dollars to defend themselves against animal rights zealots looking to take them to court.”

Sportsmen who train hunting dogs are believed to be especially at risk under the provisions of the bill. The use of a shock collar and tethering may be grounds for a lawsuit, says the USSA. Senate Bill 767 and associated information can be read here.

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5 thoughts on “New Massachusetts Bill Could Allow Animal Rights Activists to Sue Hunters

  1. As if the court’s in this nation need to be flooded with worthless lawsuits. Pure insanity coming out of the northern states. If they were smart, they could work with the hunters and feed the poor; as they claim they care so much about….isn’t this the Kennedy state? Oh, never mind…there’s your answer…

    1. This really isn’t a Northern or Southern state issue. Liberalism centers around big cities which are largely along coastlines (east and west coast, around the great lakes, and along larger rivers).

      Consider that those cities are packed with buildings full of paper pushers… insurance companies, banks, state and federal buildings, investment firms, law firms, and many others who don’t actually PRODUCE anything (ie: liberals). They are also filled with welfare cases that don’t actually DO anything (also liberals). All of these leeches expect us to feed them, while assuming that they have the right to tell us how to live our lives

      Consider what would happen if the highways closed tomorrow and the trucks stopped rolling… cities would begin to starve within a day or two. Rural America would continue on as if nothing happened.

  2. Liberals of the far left have hijacked our government on both the local / state & federal level. We need term limits & for conservatives to start fighting back against this insanity.

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