Target: New York State Assemblyman Jim Tedisco
Goal: Praise lawmaker that’s fighting animal cruelty by advocating for harsher punishments for abusers.
A lawmaker is working to toughen animal cruelty laws after a man was given a minor sentence for animal abuse. Deric Peterson was sentenced to sixty days in a correctional facility and given three years of probation after police discovered that he was neglecting his animals. Four dogs and nine cats were seized from his property, and one was in such bad shape that it had to be put down, according to a report from FOX 23.
Animal activists are outraged by this sentence, saying that Peterson should have received a larger penalty. Jim Tedisco says that this penalty is just a slap on the wrist, and that such crimes should be met with stiffer penalties. Tedisco is now working on a set of bills that would help remedy the situation.
Under one of his bills, the crime that Peterson was charged with would be raised from a misdemeanor to a felony. In another, an animal abuse registry would be set up to identify anyone convicted of animal abuse. This would help to prevent shelters from unknowingly giving animals to convicted animal abusers. Tedisco wants to ensure that these people are properly punished before being administered proper psychological treatment.
Sign this petition to thank Mr. Tedisco for these efforts and to encourage him in the work that he’s doing.
Dear Mr. Tedisco,
I recently heard about the efforts that you are making to toughen animal cruelty laws in the wake of the Deric Peterson case. As you know, Mr. Peterson was found to have several animals that were severely neglected, and he was subsequently sentenced to sixty days in a correctional facility and three years of probation. I agree that abusers of animals should be given harsher sentences, and I would like to praise your efforts to make this a reality.
I particularly like your idea to put animal abusers on a registry that can be accessed by the public. This would help to keep shelters and breeders from unwittingly giving animals to people who have been convicted of animal abuse.
Although these people should be punished, they should also be given access to psychological care. I feel that this is one of the best aspects of the changes that you are trying to make. People who abuse animals have underlying psychological issues that need to be corrected. Helping people with these issues will ensure that they become more effective members of society. Again, I applaud you in your efforts, and I wish you lots of luck as you continue in your efforts to protect the welfare of animals.
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