Target: Andy Biggs, President of the Arizona State Senate
Goal: Prevent convicted animal abusers from owning, adopting, or fostering animals.
Arizona House Bill 2073 will prevent those convicted of animal abuse from owning animals in the future. It applies to all those convicted of neglecting, mistreating, abandoning, injuring, or failing to provide medical attention to animals in their care. It also applies to anyone who subjects an animal to fighting or “horse tripping,” a rodeo-style event in which contestants literally trip horses at full gallop.
Supporters of this bill include not only animal rights supporters, but also human rights advocates who note the strong connection between animal abuse and assault on other people. For example, in a joint study conducted by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Northeastern University, researchers found that those who abuse animals are five times more likely to assault people. Similar studies conducted over the last two decades indicate that violent criminals were often methodical animal abusers as children. Finding entertainment in harming others is clearly a hobby that translates across species.
Arizona House Bill 2073 will prevent the ownership, fostering, or adoption of any animal for two years or more. After the two-year period, a convicted person may once again apply for animal ownership rights, but with no guarantees of approval. Ask the Arizona state senate to pass this bill banning animal abusers from owning, adopting, or fostering animals.
Dear Mr. Biggs,
The Arizona House of Representatives recently approved HB 2073, which will prevent convicted animal abusers from owning, adopting, or fostering animals for a period of at least two years. This bill protects domesticated animals who are at risk of neglect, mistreatment, and injury at the hands of violent offenders.
Research shows a strong connection between animal abuse and human assault. Many violent criminals have a history of animal abuse as well as human-related crimes. The entertainment these offenders garner from harming other creatures knows no bounds.
Convicted offenders will have the opportunity to petition for the right to own, adopt, or foster animals after a two-year suspension of that right. I feel this is an extremely lenient clause, and passing this bill would be the first step in protecting abused animals, and society in general, against violent criminals. Please pass House Bill 2073 preventing animals abusers from owning or caring for animals.
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