Target: Senator John Eichelberger
Goal: Praise efforts to provide horses with greater protection under animal cruelty laws.
Horses in Pennsylvania may soon be protected at the same level as cats and dogs, thanks to a bill recently approved by the State Senate. The legislation has been dubbed Cordelia’s Law in honor of a malnourished horse named Cordelia, who was kept in a junkyard. Cordelia was rescued, but sadly she died days later. This bill was sponsored by Republican Senator John Eichelberger.
Unfortunately, Cordelia’s story is not an uncommon one. Many horses are abused, neglected, and deprived of the things that they need to survive and live comfortably. Horses need expensive food, bedding, and lots of space to run around. In addition, they also require specialized veterinary care. Unfortunately, many people buy horses without realizing how much care they require. In many regions of the United States, it’s not uncommon to spot malnourished horses. People buy the horses but don’t want to invest any effort into taking care of them. This legislation, which will now make its way to the Pennsylvania House for approval, will make it easier for authorities to criminally charge people who neglect horses. Previously the cruelty laws regarding horses in Pennsylvania were imprecise, but if this legislation goes through, it will give horses more specific protections under Pennsylvania law.
Sign this petition to praise Senator Eichelberger for sponsoring this bill, which will help to deter people from buying horses that they can’t properly care for.
Dear Senator Eichelberger,
I recently heard about the success that Cordelia’s Law has had in the Pennsylvania Senate, and I would like to praise you for sponsoring the bill. As you know, the mistreatment and neglect of horses has become a big problem. Unfortunately, many people buy horses without realizing that they are quite different from standard house pets. Not only do horses require expensive veterinary care, but they also need lots of space, feed, and clean bedding. It doesn’t do to just buy them and leave them caged away without basic necessities and comforts.
Horses are intelligent and gentle animals and should never be exposed to some of the conditions that many horses are subjected to. This important and necessary piece of legislation will hopefully make potential horse buyers think twice about the commitment involved in maintaining a horse before buying one on impulse. In addition, it will provide justice to horses that live in sub-standard conditions. We need more people standing up for the rights of these animals, and more people willing to intervene when they are found in unacceptable conditions. Again, thank you for sponsoring this bill. I wish you lots of luck in getting it through the House.
[Your Name Here]
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