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Girls take to Beacon Hill to help protect animals

Becca Davis (left) and Emily Marget, both 12 years old, learned about animal rights, domestic violence, and the legislative process. Becca Davis (left) and Emily Marget, both 12 years old, learned about animal rights, domestic violence, and the legislative process. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)
By Matt Byrne
Globe Correspondent / August 6, 2012
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For the last year two young congregants at Temple Israel of Bostoncq labored to bring attention to Senate bill 682cq, legislation to give judges in Massachusetts power to include family pets on protection orders issued in cases of domestic violence. Earlier this month, Becca Davis and Emily Marget, both 12, saw their cause pass into law, as Governor Deval Patrick signed the Animal Control Bill, which contained the protective language. “For us to be working on such a serious bill surprises people. We had to learn what an elevator speech is.”

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