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3/11/2024 Media Advisory: Senate Environment Committee to hear bills Wednesday
STATE HOUSE – The Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee will meet Wednesday to hear nine bills relating to animal welfare, hunting and the regulation of domestic animals.

The Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, March 13, at 4 p.m. in the Senate Lounge on the second floor of the State to hear nine bills, including:
  • 2024-S 2007 — This bill, introduced by Sen. Melissa A. Murray (D-Dist. 24, Woonsocket, North Smithfield), would prohibit the declawing of cats, unless performed for therapeutic purposes.
  • 2024-S 2301 — This bill, introduced by Sen. Victoria Gu (D-Dist. 38, Westerly, Charlestown, South Kingstown), would prohibit the force-feeding of poultry.
  • 2024-S 2732 — This bill, introduced by Sen. Matthew L. LaMountain (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston), would prohibit captive hunting of domestic or wild animals.
Written testimony must be submitted to the committee clerk at prior to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, in order for it to be provided to the members of the committee at the hearing and to be included in the meeting records. Sign-up sheets for in-person testimony will be available in the hearing room.

The meeting will be televised live by Capitol Television, which can be seen on Cox channel 61, on i3Broadband channel 15 and on Verizon channel 34. It will be live streamed at

For more information, contact:
Tristan Grau, Publicist
State House Room B20
Providence, RI 02903