Stop Kentucky’s Animal Cruelty

Target: Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear

Goal: Urge the state of Kentucky, which ranks last in protecting animal rights, to adopt stricter laws on animal cruelty and abuse

The state of Kentucky placed dead last in the 2013 ranking of animal protection laws recently released by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Some of the state’s laws even prevent cruelty and abuse from being reported by veterinarians. Tell Governor Beshear that Kentucky’s current stance on animal abuse is unacceptable, and to implement stronger laws protecting the rights of animals.

Every year the Animal Legal Defense Fund releases a ranking of all 50 states based on the overall strength and comprehensiveness of their animal protection laws. For the last 7 years, Kentucky has ranked dead last on the list with no real signs of improvement. There are glaring holes in their laws including:

  • No felony provisions for neglect and abandonment, meaning no jail time will be served no matter how badly the animals are abused
  • No laws preventing serial abusers from owning animals in the future
  • No provisions at all on sexual assault on animals
  • Protective orders cannot include animals
  • Veterinarians are actually prohibited from reporting suspected cruelty or fighting to authorities

The status of animal protection laws in Kentucky is unacceptable. Tell Governor Steve Beshear that animal rights cannot continue to be ignored in Kentucky.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Beshear,

For the 7th year in a row, Kentucky has placed dead last out of all 50 states in a ranking of animal protection laws by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. This is not acceptable. The laws in the state of Kentucky have serious gaps including, but not limited to:

  • No felony provisions for neglect and abandonment, meaning no jail time will be served no matter how badly the animals are abused
  • No laws preventing serial abusers from owning animals in the future
  • No provisions at all on sexual assault on animals
  • Protective orders cannot include animals
  • Veterinarians are actually prohibited from reporting suspected cruelty or fighting to authorities

Governor Beshear, these glaring deficiencies in the animal protection laws in the state of Kentucky cannot continue. It is completely unacceptable for Kentucky to place dead last 7 years in a row, showing no progress on this important issue over time. In your state there is little punishment for animal abuse and some laws even prevent abuse from being reported to authorities. It is time to change. Governor, make 2014 the year your state steps up and starts protecting animals.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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7 Comments

  1. What good is having a governor who refuses to govern? Who in their right mind would accept and allow abuse and turn a deft ear and blind eye to the problem? I’m appalled and angry that in 2014, there are no laws on the books to protect and prosecute evil beast that bring abuse to those that need protection!

  2. He probably has sex with animals regularly, just like the lawmakers in my state who refuse to outlaw bestiality. It is appalling. Kentucky leaders obviously enjoy abusing animals and caters to the animal-abusing base. They can kiss my ass. Since I’m not an animal, I am sure they wouldn’t enjoy doing so.

  3. I lived in KY back in 1991,it was a disgrace then.I sdopted 3puppies from a so called shelter in Sumnerset,the next morning 2 were dead the other had to be euthanized due to parvo.This place was,so disgusting every one of the dogs there died.Now it’s 2014 and NOTHING has changed in your state.Living there I saw some of the most horrific things done to both animals and childern,when I became pregnant I left because I would have never raised a child in a place where animals mean nothing to people.Unfortunately this is what I tell people about your state Governor.It’s time for elected officials to start doing what the people that elected them want,not what they want.Next time I vote for anyone I’m going to find out where they stand on animal rights.You may think you have all the power,but we ,the people,can vote you out.Time to make a change KY.

  4. Whats is wrong with you all ? Do you pull the covers over your head ?. Do you not ser what is happening to these babies?Why isnt there a law to protect these babies ? Do u have a fur baby ?We need a strong bill to help these babies

  5. Jeni Beckham says:

    There is no excuse for allowing anyone to hurt (includes neglect) an animal. Why would anyone think this is ok? Innocent amimals should never suffer because of a human. They should be protected. By not protecting the innocent you are protecting criminals. Why???

  6. Lisa Farrell says:

    No wonder our rescue pup was (and still is, 2 years later!) TERRIFIED OF EVERY MAN SHE SEES! Guess this governor never knew the PLEASURE OF OWNING A RESCUE!

  7. MONSTER HUNTERS NEEDED

    IT IS TIME N O W TO DEMAND ALL BRUTALIZERS and KILLERS ONTO A LIST TO CONDEMN THEM TO EXTRA CHARGE FOR NGO´S working for FUTURE GENERATIONS!

    THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED SOCIETIES.

    MONSTERS should not have the right to live together with human beings

    RESPONSIBLES DO NOT HAVE TO RIGHT TO BE CALLED “HUMAN” – THIS
    CONSTITUTE A DELIBERATE INSULT FOR ALL OTHER HUMAN BEINGS.

    I WISH ALL KILLERS, ABUSERS – ASSHOLES, A VIRUS WHICH CLEAR THEM AWAY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

    BAD WORSE CANCER CAN DO

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