Target: Chuck Morse, President of the New Hampshire Senate
Goal: Allow pets to be legally protected from domestic violence
In cases of domestic violence, pets are often caught in the crossfire, and also suffer the abuser’s attacks. The state of New Hampshire is considering a bill that would award the same protection humans receive from domestic violence to household pets. This petition aims to support this bill so that pets in New Hampshire are not left at the mercy of vicious abusers.
The proposal – which was voted 14-2 in favor of passage by the legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee – will be debated by the full House soon. If passed, judges in New Hampshire would have the power to grant custody of a household pet or farm animal to the victim of domestic abuse. In addition, the law would ban the offender from having contact with the pet, and will allow judges to consider animal cruelty as a factor when debating whether a protective order is appropriate.
In domestic violence, animals often become unknowing victims of the anger and vitriolic outbursts of offenders. Many animals are seriously hurt or even killed by domestic abusers. An even more sinister tactic occurs when animals are used as leverage to stop a person from leaving an abusive relationship – when the abuser threatens the animal’s life if the victim leaves, some people have no choice but to stay to protect their beloved pet. In enacting this law, victims can be assured that their pets will receive the same protection if they leave an abusive relationship, potentially saving countless animals from the wreckage of cruelty and malice.
Sign this petition to support the bill that could protect thousands of pets from domestic abuse, and allow them the sanctuary of a loving owner.
Dear Senator Morse,
A bill due to be discussed in the New Hampshire Senate is of vital importance, and I am writing to you today in support of it. The bill – in existence largely due to Franklin Police Chief, David Goldstein – would give household pets the same protection as victims of domestic abuse. I urge the Senate to approve this bill.
Many of the physical transgressions that occur in abusive relationships are directed towards animals. Many pets die as a result of domestic violence, or are seriously injured and mentally scarred due to the horrific nature of the attacks. Moreover, it is often the case that the victim’s pet will be used as leverage to stop the person from leaving the relationship. An abuser will threaten the life of the pet if their partner leaves, and without the protection that this bill could offer their pet, many victims will stay in violent partnerships and suffer to save their pet from harm.
Senator, this bill would not only give protection to pets from domestic abusers, but would also end the leverage game that keeps so many victims from leaving, fearing for their pet’s life. Sign this bill into law and join the 26 other states in the U.S.A who save animals through their protection order laws.
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