Target: Connecticut General Assembly
Goal: Approve bill that will allow harsher punishments for repeated animal abusers.
The Connecticut senate unanimously approved harsher punishments for repeated animal abusers. If passed, the bill will make a second animal abuse conviction a class C felony, punishable up to ten years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
The current law in Connecticut only punishes repeat offenders with a class D felony, imprisonment up to five years, and are only able to receive $5,000 in fines. They are also eligible to go through an accelerated rehabilitation program that helps the offenders avoid conviction. This program would no longer be optional if this bill passes.
Senator Ted Kennedy Jr. has commented on how vital this bill is, and that it would finally treat animal abuse cases with the seriousness that they deserve. The Senator recalls one high profile animal abuse case in which a man was charged with animal abuse after the police found his pit bull mutilated and stuffed into a plastic bag. The man was granted the accelerated rehabilitation and got the crime expunged from his record after completing it. These are the types of heinous crimes that deserve proper punishment, and it has to start now.
The state of Connecticut prosecutes around 350 animal abuse cases each year. The passing of this bill could prevent future animal abuse and provides justice to those already harmed. Not only will it protect animals, but since animal abuse is often indicative of violent tendencies toward humans, it will protect society as a whole. Please support this petition and help to get this bill approved in the Connecticut General Assembly.
Dear Connecticut General Assembly,
The state of Connecticut prosecutes around 350 animal abuse cases each year. That is nearly one case per day, which speaks to the need of proper punishment for such offenders. Currently, the law states that repeat animal abuse offenders can only receive a class D felony and up to five years in prison.
A new bill that was unanimously passed in Senate will classify repeat animal abuse offenders as a class C felony and give them up to ten years in prison. This law will prevent future animal abuse and provide justice to those already harmed.
It is time that animal abuse is taken seriously. Animals deserve to have a voice and to be protected. For those that continually mutilate, kill, or maim animals, prison is where they belong. You have my full support in passing this bill, and I urge you to consider the benefits that will arise out of its approval.
[Your Name Here]
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