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Massachusetts Bill Allows Animal Rights Activists to Sue Sportsmen

Massachusetts State Senator Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford) recently introduced a bill that would allow private individuals to file a lawsuit for the “protection and humane treatment of animals.” This is of great concern for all sportsmen, farmers, and dog owners.

Animal cruelty is already a crime in Massachusetts just as it is across the country. Animal cruelty laws are enforced by experienced law enforcement officers, including local police forces and animal control officers, who are trained on what is and is not animal cruelty under the law and how to spot it.

Senate Bill 767 would end this proven system and instead give private citizens the ability to sue animal owners over what they perceive to be “animal cruelty” under the law.

“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 Evan Heusinkveld, USSA’s Director of Government Affairs. “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.”



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  • whereshome

    What if you are driving late at night and a deer hits your car? Happens all the time…..can you be sued?? be careful of laws that are against peoples rights!!

    • 7papa7

      You also know that they won’t have a loser pays law. It looks like MA wants to take over the dumbest state in the US. These idiot have no problem murdering babies in the womb with no consequences but if some light in the tree hugging peta nut job can sue you if they don’t think your actions with your pets are acceptable. What a bunch of idiots.

      • jeepdude911

        If they do take over as the dumbest, I won’t feel so bad. I live in the PDRC (Peoples Democratic Republic of Commiefornia).

        • 7papa7

          I use to live in CA also, I got out when they decided we needed to be taxed into the poor house. I also couldn’t deal with the retards in Sacramento. I found that the combined IQ of the politicians didn’t even break zero. They are the basis for the phrase stuck on stupid. It is really a shame to because if you get rid of the libs and the illegals it is a beautiful state.

      • Bandit



        The idiots with that group are all a bunch of nut cases. They are doing almost everything they can to keep people from hunting.

    • Sam W

      I guess now you have to sue the state for not removing the deer or having a hunting season to thin the herds. Or, maybe we should sue the animal rights groups that are leading these foolish laws…..

    • GrizzlyIX

      That is NOT the action of a responsible ‘Sportsperson’, but more just another irresponsible action of another drunken, dope-addict Taxachusetts LIBERTARD! ! ! !ROFLMFFS-IAO! ! ! ! !

      • tedthebear

        Taxachusetts? Do ya nean Massivetwoshits?

    • colt38

      No, not sued. Most likely put in prison then sued.

  • fliteking

    Gays, Greens , Minorities***, and Socialists are now in the seats of power nationwide. They ‘pull the strings’.

    Hard working responsible citizens are being forced to finance these freaks.

    ***(Anybody but white males)

    • jong

      Of course my suggestion is that each year we hold a season on liberals no bag limit. To make it fair we have the same with conservatives. The difference is of course we fire back.

      • jeepdude911

        Can we have one on muslims, too? Huh, can we, please?

        • jong

          They have hijacked my comment oh well. Yes but only in Dearbornistan they have greatly over run a formerly very nice area.

        • Ray Ake

          again wont work;;they will just hide or send in children in there place..

        • Millard Huff


      • Ray Ake

        wont work;;;; they will just send there body guards,,,liberal’s have no BALL’S

        • jong

          Since in all probability they will also be muslim fair game.

    • Rattlerjake

      Just wait, you won’t see any lawsuits because for these nuts to file suit they will need evidence, to gain evidence (photos. etc.) there will be a confrontation, hunter with gun wins! Bury activist with the animal guts!

    • wesvet69

      Where is John Galt?

    • Millard Huff

      Massachusetts not only allows gays to get married now anyone can sue you for animal rights you people need to get the mental illness liberals in your state capital out of their of or you will have no state at all.

  • gvette

    This country is going down the tubes. Look around at all the foolish laws being passed. Is there
    no end to this insanity?

    • Steven Spafford

      Amen to that, guess they think they need to sponser bills to keep their plush jobs

    • gitfiddle

      There will be no end to the insanity as long as we keep the insane in office

  • knowitall

    why would ANYBODY want to live in Mass. anyways ?????????

    • Steven Spafford

      Good question but sometimes our choices are limited

    • DenverKitty

      I’m truly shocked; I always liked Monson because of the Dan Wesson factory there. Shame on you, Massachussetts.

  • GDC97

    That PROVES those in Massachusetts are just DRUG ADDICT, DRUNKARDS (like the Kennedy’s), IGNORANT, STUPID, and SERIOUSLY MENTALLY SICK!!! Psychotic!!!

    • ihatelibs

      I defected 26 years ago

      • Steve Thomas

        I defected 12 years ago.

    • Steven Spafford

      There are some of us that aren’t but we seem to be fighting a losing battle. As I’ve said before we are becoming a nation of MORONS.

      • Gwinf

        Go find a state that fits your beliefs. It is only going to get worse from here.

      • oldguy199

        Make assisted suicide legal with attached bill—use imagination to figure out what to do next

    • edro3111

      Totally agree. Why not stop the hunting completely and see what the animal rights people say when they start finding animals starving to death because of over population in a couple of years! I suppose if you hit a deer on the highway you’d be dragged into court as well. My God what a bunch of idiots reside in the northeast. Not speaking about everyone of course but I’m speaking of the majority who put these nut cases into political offices!

      • Steve Thomas

        The PETA people etc. have long been too stupid to understand the connection between starving animals and over population.

        • edro3111

          Yep, like most Libs, don’t confuse them with facts!

    • $26222150

      You forgot “inbred.” People think it’s a southern thing but it’s rampant up there.

      • Mark Holcomb

        Not surprised. 100% liberal equals 100% mentally retarded.

  • Paul

    everyone who consumes a piece of meat that he/she did not kill only hired a middleman to harvest it for them!

  • Victor

    Here’s our real dilemma, about 74% of our population is made up of gatherer’s(women & blacks) & within one standard deviation of the mean, all they want is MORE, MORE, & MORE STUFF GIVEN THEM…NO? WATCH!

  • mrsgunnut10

    This Bill would also work the other way and let the Hunter sue the hell out of the Anti-Hunter if they interupt your days hunting. As they say : What is good for the Goose is good for the Gander. Hunters need to get together in Massachusetts with their Pro Hunting Republican Representatives and have them add an Amendment to this Bill SB-767, that is if it looks like this assinine Bill will be made Law. Thank you for your time. TSgt. USAF Retired.

    • oldguy199

      Legalize Assisted Suicide with companion bill attached The cure for progs/libs/dums

    • FedupandReadytofight

      Just wait for the first lib to hit a deer, then sue the crap out of them.

  • DEfromDC

    Does it include the sport or game of politics? It is a game they play and a sport people bet on.

    • colleenf

      Hmmmm…I think it would be considered a humane treatment of those diseased minds to take them out of OUR misery, eh?

      • oldguy199

        It is called Assisted suicide–the prog/lib/dums like that phrase. so all should help them acheive their goal

  • colleenf

    Insanity. Complete insanity.
    The inmates ARE running the asylum.

  • GrizzlyIX

    Just ANOTHER reason NOT to live in TAXACHUSETTS! ! ! !ROFLMFFS-IAO! ! ! ! !

  • smogdew

    This reeks of Czar Cass Sunstein……a former college professor and one of those who work ONLY for Obama.
    Sunstein, while he was teaching, wrote a book or two advocating that animals should be able to sue their owners. Check it out.
    We really need to be paying his salary w/our taxes.

  • Ole Geezer

    How about the cruelty that is inflicted to a fetus during the abortion procedure? Sticking scissor in back of head and suctioning out the brain, or other any other act to kill the unborn,

  • John W.H.

    Another typical moron demoncRAT, doesn’t have a clue about any thing, just pass stupid crap because the are either just stupid or retarded or both. We should get a law passed to open season on these clowns

    • oldguy199

      Open a ” Soylant Green” plant Get green funding from OBUMMER

  • James Maxwell

    Never let it be said that politician will not stoop to the bottom of the cellar to try and find votes. How about
    a law that lets citizens sue politicans for failure to live up to thier promises or follow their oath of
    office? I know that would put the vast majority of them behind bars or depelet thier ill gotten gains
    rather quickly. Or how about a law that would let us sue teachers for failure teach the children.
    Or a law that would allow us to sum them when the force our children to pledge aligence to a foreign
    nation and dress in thier clothes. How about one that would allow us to file charges and sue those
    who would violate the U.S. Constitution and deny us our rights? There are many in office now who
    would be in jail and removed from office for not passing a budget or for trying to circumvent the
    various amendents of the the U.S. Constitution on things such as the right to keep and bear arm
    without restriction by the government?

    • Bandit

      We have Frankenstein for a lot of that, and yes she is a monster, she has even come out and said the the 2nd needs to be removed. Frankenstein needs to ne removed from office and dropped off in the middle of the ocean.

  • william C

    Off course they have little concern for the rights of human beings. Read enough of their crap and you will be convinced that I am right.

  • giley

    This is just another avenue that the progressives are using to make it more difficult to enjoy the freedoms of hunting by law abiding citizens. If you cannot succeed by taking away the guns, you go after the sportsmanship of game hunting.

  • Centurion ‘

    What the hell is wrong with people and their Government in the North East part of America. Soda laws, smoking laws, animals treated as if they were humans. I can’t understand how New Englanders put up with it.It looks to a lot of us is you’re bought and payed for by your rich Liberal Politicians. Christ,grow a pair!

  • Bob Higginbotham

    With all the brainless idiots in quasi animal rights groups such as PETA I see a lot of business for lawyers. In fact the only winners will be the lawyers. This piece of cow manure must have been written by a lawyer namely this clown Montigny.

  • DEfromDC

    How about a bill that says you can’t buy beer, wine or liquor unless you own a gun so you can keep intoxicants away from activists and children? It makes at least as much sense!

  • wayne

    What else would you expect—it’s Mass.

  • Benjamin Fox

    Another stupid law by a stupid lib, they are nazi’s and want to control every honest persons rights, kick Massachusett out of the union make it a nazi nation, sorry Raymond, run they are coming for you my jarhead friend, nothing but nut jobs live there anymore starting with the Kennedy clan.

  • Jim Wiseman

    Bogus; they have no standing.

  • fearlesskris

    “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…and women? I am kind of fascinated to hear why women are separated out in this statement. And it’s not like we have had a rash of police shooting dogs in this country – or dogs used as bait dogs – or set on fire – or used in puppy mills – and on and on. I hear what you’re saying about laws on the books already but the sentences aren’t strong enough for this kind of cruelty. Imagine having your beloved family pet shot and having either no action or a ticket/fine issued. Or you’ve got a kid setting small animals on fire and he gets a little community service. Strengthen the legal remedies of these anti-cruelty laws and hold law enforcement just as culpable as any other human who hurts or kills a companion animal. I would have actually thought this community – of all places – would stand up for their animals’ rights with full-throated support.

    • fearlesskris

      Oh never mind – what was I thinking. Scroll through the first few comments and the community is not discussing the issue or the safety of their animals, they are talking about murdering other human beings. Same old same old.

  • David

    This state senator is a real fruitcake. Sue someone on your perception of what is animal cruelty is????? Are they going to make sure that the person suing can afford to pay the legal expenses of the person being sued if the person suing loses????????????????

    Massachusetts State Senator
    Massachusetts State Senator

  • Anthony

    It really disturbs me when states like Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, etc. were part of the original 13 states and were once patriot states that signed our constitution and were conservative so to speak, and are now some of the most anti- constitutional left wing liberal states in this country. Just F’ing unbelievable don’t you think?

  • oldguy199

    Is Mass-a-fools an Assisted Suicide State. If so=problem solved If not make so with companion bill attached==Again problem solved

  • $5164204

    The more they open their mouths the more they prove Liberalism is a Mental Disorder… In this case, if and when they ever find a Pre-Natal test for Liberalism, I would support Abortion giving those parents a way out of having to listen for the rest of their lives to the elitist rants and know-it-all condescending babble that comes from them AND by their abortion would financially save the world from their Failed Solutions for their Manufactured or Misrepresented Crises…

  • Ranchman

    It should be pretty obvious by now that the crack smokin’ bisexual in the White House is seriously dividing the population against each other. We need to all rise up as one against this moron.

  • Julian DH

    What better way to give all animals more rights then humans. Sue the living daylights out of the alleged abuser. I am sure PETA and friends are screaming in joy. Hitler strikes again.

  • rikker45

    stupidity reigns


    Went to the gun store to buy some ammo, and asked for some .50 cal. The gun store owner asked what I was going to shoot because the ammo cost too much. I said I was going to shoot some cans. The gun store owner looked shocked, and again said the ammo was too expensive to shoot cans. He asked what kind of cans, and I said Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Africans,…

    • Dan Stewart

      He probably gave you a couple extra boxes on the house, I sure would have.

  • ginger

    Guess the best way is to get a legal aid lawyer and then fail to show up…stiff them all.

  • King-Man

    Serious reporting about the antics of liberals is going to put the “Onion” and “Mad Magazine” out of business!

  • cowgirl20

    I’m glad I don’t live in Mass. Can you imagine all the lawsuits against hunters? If it takes 2 bullets to take the elk or deer, you will be in court for animal cruelty. Wow, what will the dems come up with next???

  • haroldson

    seems as tho this country is getting more and more crazy, how about we have a minority of sane folks to protect us from such idiots.

  • raptorh56

    Ya try that for size..Mass is out of tune and can’t pass such Garbage..

  • just a girl

    Everyone, you MUST keep writing YOUR reps at every level over laws like this, It is easy to know who your reps are and to email , fax and call them.. use Makes it so easy.

  • EnemyoftheState

    The Green Movement was, of course, initiated by the Nazis. Now they call it Agenda 21.

    Green ecoFascists include a pedophile MEP (Member of the European Parliament) who was leader of the Greens and recommended sex with children.

  • proudwhite


  • proudwhite

    MassACHUSETTS……Land of TED I LEFT A YOUNG WOMAN TO DROWN KENNEDY, and other confused same sex MALE Sausage swallowers!

  • canislupus

    Let’s see now…States where I would never live…California, New York… Massachusetts! My country is being slowly but surely taken away from me…by Marxist liberals.

  • nancy miller

    A very old friend of mine had the last large plot of land in Grand Traverse county Michigan. Shooting was prohibited on his land most of the time. I say most of the time because when there were too many deer, they starved to death over the winter. When the herds got too large, he would have hunters that he hand picked come in and kill enough so that most could survive.
    These animal rights fools don’t know what they are talking about, obviously. Or maybe they don’t mind that some of these animals will die horribly just so they can get their faces on television.

  • Ray Ake

    Fu$%^%G IDIOT’S

  • Charlie

    LMAO this is truely one of the biggest piles of manure that any freaking dolt could tryed to draft into law. Does this apply to dead animals, how about the burger that the clown just ate. Oh that’s right this state senator is still on mommy’s tit. Mark get your thumb out of your mouth, your nanny state is going to get a swift kick in the tail.

  • MontieR

    Since when did SEVERE mental retardation become a requirement to serve in public office.

  • JJM123

    Be careful, Open Season can work in both directions.

  • sandsto7

    I am so sick of seeing Obozo’s face on every internet page, every news show, every magazine, … I’m just sick of him PERIOD.

  • bob novak

    Great, just great, American isn’t sue happy enough we have to give more incentive to PETA and its crazy followers. So I guess if someone sees me hunting, and I kill a dear to feed my family, so idiot from PETA or just some tree hugging liberal can sue me for animal cruelty? Yeah that makes sense.

  • joltrider

    I don’t find it sporting at all to hunt animals unless they are armed with guns also.

    • ron2win2

      Animals don’t have arms ,how do you propose to arm them .

  • James Fontana

    I don’t know which state has the most lunatics, California or Massachusetts.

  • Terry Adams

    Please lets stop this insanity…God Guns Country and Family.. they would like to take them all away from you one at a time. if we sit by and let it happen then we get what we should. so get off your duffs and yell. we arnt going to take it any more… we need to march on washington dc.. not a million but 10 million . park your cars in the middle of the streets. turn em off and leave them for a day.. go to the washington monument, lincoln memorial… protest like its never been done before.. shut down dc. that would be a start of letting them know were done with your crap. dems and gop alike.

  • coconuisse

    Wow, Massachusetts is trying to out-stupid New York! Who knew that there would be a contest for the most liberal bone-headed state?

  • Truth Speaker

    Counter-sue the animal rights activists for allowing animals to starve. Just wondering… are they going to sue predatory animals for hunting as well? A wolf ripping the guts from a deer before eating it alive seems kind of cruel as well.

  • rick0857

    My solution is to move out of Mass and leave it to the tax grabbing liberal gay loving democrats.

  • larry

    up with widlife, down with rednecks…

  • Jonathan D Yellowbear

    What ever happened to Massachusetts???? The State where the shot heard around the world was definitively heard loud and clear. The State of the original TEA party, The State of Lexington and Concord. How and when did the socialists/communists/marxists/ fa()gs take over?

  • June Gagnon

    Animal Rights Activists need to be stuck out in a pasture, with a large target painted on their bodies! Let’s add gays, greens and the rest of the ignorant/illiterate claptrap to the herd!

  • gutterfalcon

    I saw a video from Animal Rights people, from a lady Lawyer. Gun-club pigeon shoot. Regardless of how you feel about that, she went on to say how she/they rescued Many pigeons. I then pointed out how they broke the law. Trespassing onto Private Property (Posted Gun Club), Breaking & Entering (Pigeon Coop), and Stealing (The Pigeons). She then shut me down and deleted my post. It seems only Certain People are allowed to Break the Law.

  • Sagebrush6

    Should that happen, we would have to sue them for partaking of eating killed beef and chicken or fish as someone who is complicent in crime ?

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