Strengthen Anti-Cruelty Laws to Protect Animals


Target: Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger

Goal: Help protect animals from abuse and neglect by strengthening anti-cruelty laws

A recent string of animal abuse cases in Michigan has prompted new legislation aimed at strengthening anti-cruelty laws. Not only would these changes increase the penalties for convicted animal abusers, they would also prevent abuse from occurring in the first place by sending a clear message that such cruelty will not be tolerated.

Too many animals have been forced to suffer at the hands of humans due to hoarding, unsanitary living conditions at breeding facilities and pet stores, violence and neglect at the hands of their owners, or else used as “pawns” in domestic violence situations. Senate Bills (SB) 285 and 286 would protect animals by making certain acts of animal cruelty punishable as felonies. The measures would also increase penalties for acts of cruelty involving more than 25 animals and for crimes that cause serious psychological harm to the owner of a companion animal. Finally, the legislation would ensure that anti-cruelty laws apply to breeders and pet shops as well as to individual owners, helping address the often-cramped and filthy conditions at puppy and kitten mills.

The good news is that both SB 285 and 286 have already been passed unanimously by the Michigan Senate. But the battle isn’t won yet. Urge government representatives to support the legislation and ensure it is passed into law.


Dear Representative Bolger,

A recent string of animal cruelty cases in Michigan has tragically highlighted the need for stricter anti-cruelty laws. The Michigan Humane Society investigates some 5,000 potential cases of cruelty, neglect and abuse in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park alone. These poor creatures do not deserve the pain and suffering so often inflicted on them by humans. When abusers face minimal punishment they may feel little incentive to change their ways, leading to future cases of abuse.

I am grateful that pending Michigan legislation exists to help change this situation. SB 285 and 286 would protect Michigan’s animals by increasing penalties for acts of cruelty involving more than 25 animals and for crimes that cause severe psychological harm to a pet’s owner. The measures would also treat certain acts of animal abuse as felonies, and ensure these vital anti-cruelty laws apply to breeders and pet stores and not just to individual owners. Please, do the right thing for the animals in your state by supporting SB 285 and 286.


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