Support Strict Punishment for Animal Abuse

Target: Robert Bentley, Governor of Alabama

Goal: Impose strict punishments for animal abusers in the state of Alabama.

The rules committee of the Alabama House of Representatives recently proposed a bill that would make heinous acts of animal cruelty a felony in the state. The bill would punish those who knowingly subject animals to neglect with a Class A misdemeanor, and aggravated animal cruelty would be punished with the same severity as dog fighting. Add your name to this petition and urge Governor Robert Bentley to sign the proposed bill into state law.

With today’s loose laws on animal cruelty, it is easy for animal abusers to ignore their pets and escape punishment. The proposed legislation not only increases punishment for aggravated cruelty, but it addresses the widespread issue of neglect – one that has not received enough attention in years past. Most shelters house animals that have suffered from severe neglect, and this type of abuse is no less painful than physical beating. Doug McGee of Second Chance Animal Shelter claims that the bill is necessary because cruelty, by his definition, is more complex. “Abuse to me is not feeding them, not giving them shade in the summer…just like we need shade and protection from the elements, they do too.”

Too often, animals are knowingly left outside to suffer extreme heat or cold, and many starve to death. Animal abusers who are charged with physically hitting or kicking their pets may be easier to convict for cruelty, but the ones who willfully subject their pets to the elements are equally guilty.

While some claim that the bill is too strict, the point of the proposal is to protect animals from every possible type of cruelty and increase punishment for “heinous, atrocious, cruel or torturous” acts. If a parent can be charged for leaving a child in an overheated car, then it should not be permissible to subject an equally helpless pet to such treatment and risk its safety in the process.

This proposed legislation would be a leap for Alabama, a state currently ranked as the 12th worst for animal protection laws. Show your support and urge the Governor of Alabama to sign this bill into state law.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley,

A house bill that concerns animal cruelty has the possibility to mitigate abuse in the state, and I urge you to sign this proposal into state law. It would be a giant leap for the state of Alabama, currently ranked 12th worst for animal protection laws. If passed, the law would impose harsher punishment for those convicted of animal neglect, and it would make aggravated assault a felony. These punishments befit the crime of animal cruelty, and the thousands of abused animals in this state alone prove that it is much needed.

There are some who claim that heinous acts of animal cruelty should not be considered a felony, but I disagree. I believe that people who treat animals in brutal ways should receive more than a mere slap on the wrist. Animals are sentient and often helpless creatures who are subjected to terrible torture, their assailants often not rebuked. This is a serious issue. It calls for immediate attention, and this bill is an answer. Crimes should be treated as crimes. Please help the thousands of animals who are mistreated daily and sign this proposed legislation into a state law.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: animalcrueltydocumentary.blogspot.com

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6 Comments

  1. J Davidson says:

    There must be a consciousness raising that animals feel and have the same basic needs as we do.

  2. it is vitally important that the strictest possible penalties are imposed on animal abusers. These kinds of abusers exhibit the worst traits of human-nature, the callous inflicting of suffering on a defenseless sentient creature.
    Please protect innocent and vulnerable lives.
    Thank you

  3. Tracy Hogan says:

    We need Strict Animal Abuse Laws! How you treat an INNOCENT Animals says A LOT about how you would treat an INNOCENT Child! What does it say about a Society that needs these in the first place?

  4. I SUPPORT A STRICT PUNISHMENT FOR ANIMAL ABUSE IF THERE WAS ALONG TIME AGO ALOT OF THEM WOULD BE LOCKED UP AND FEWER ANIMALS WOULDN’T HAVE HAD TO BE BEATEN ABUSED TORTURED OR TORMENTED ALL ANIMAL ABUSERS ARE JUST SIMPLY COLDBLOODED COLDHEARTED COWARDS.

  5. I SUPPORT A STRICT PUNISHMENT FOR ANIMAL ABUSE IF THERE WAS ALONG TIME AGO ALOT OF THEM WOULD BE LOCKED UP AND FEWER ANIMALS WOULDN’T HAVE HAD TO BE BEATEN ABUSED TORTURED OR TORMENTED ALL ANIMAL ABUSERS ARE JUST SIMPLY COLDBLOODED COLDHEARTED COWARDS.

  6. medi suleyman says:

    something needs to be done and it needs to be done now we protect humans why not animals what a disgrace that abuse like this happens to these poor creatures who have no voice to stick for themselves. if the people in power are half decent they will sort out the problem

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