Target: Representative Gary Byron
Goal: Applaud decision to revive an animal cruelty bill that increases penalties against abusers.
Animal cruelty laws could be strengthened and improved by bringing back a bill that expired last year–which is the goal of Representative Gary Byron, a Connecticut legislator. The bill would allow for stiffer penalties for anybody convicted of intentionally harming animals.
Those penalties would include an increase in prison sentences to seven years and the potential for a $5,000 fine for anyone who maims, tortures or mutilates an animal. Minimum prison time for offenders would be one year. A bill that creates a list of convicted animal cruelty offenders would also be supported by Byron.
Police associated with animal control facilities are also calling for a full revamp of animal cruelty laws, citing the need for adequate definitions to avoid cases being dropped. Current laws were written with the use of animals for work in mind.
Applaud the efforts of Representative Byron and the other involved parties to penalize animal cruelty offenders and update these laws.
Dear Representative Byron,
Your recent push to revive an animal cruelty bill that would see harsher penalties for offenders is to be commended. The current statutes do not appear to be enough of a deterrent, so any move towards stricter punishments is very welcome.
Animal cruelty is an issue that needs to be tackled with a combination of increased deterrents, tougher laws and legislative reform. As law enforcement officials have stated, some animal cruelty laws are outdated and need revision in order to not only help prosecute cases and penalize offenders, but also to ensure that innocent people are not charged harshly. This will ensure that misdemeanors can be separated from more serious felonies, and courts can concentrate on dealing with the worst offenders.
This decision to revitalize the bill is a great move for animal lovers everywhere, and hopefully it will help to ensure the safety of animals while punishing those who would harm them. I applaud your decision and look forward to continued progress on this issue.
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