Target: Mayor Richard Berry of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Goal: Support helping officers better track and pursue animal abuse cases across state boarders and on federal property.
Mayor Richard Berry of Albuquerque in New Mexico is urging Congress to accept a new law to protect animal rights on a federal level. The law would make it easier for law enforcement to investigate cases which cross state lines, or which occur on federal property. Berry also urges other residents in his area to write letters to Congress showing their support for the legislation.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, the bill would outlaw the intentional “crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling or otherwise causing serious bodily injury to an animal.” Sponsored by U.S. Republican Lamar Smith, supporters of the bill hope to close a loophole in the system as there are currently no anti-cruelty laws at the state level.
Sign this petition to ensure your voice does not go unheard in the support of a federal-level animal cruelty law, which would help to stem the growing cases of animal abuse across state lines. For those wishing to send separate letters to congress, the bill is House Resolution 2293.
Dear Mayor Berry,
I write this letter to express my sincere gratitude for your most recent support of animal rights. The push for House Resolution 2293 shows a true interest in the welfare of animals, which is not one many politicians have taken an active interest in of late. This is in spite of the growing incidences of law enforcement officers unearthing cases of animal abuse and hoarding across America.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, the bill would outlaw the intentional “crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling or otherwise causing serious bodily injury to an animal.” This will help to assist states and localities currently struggling to make second and third offense animal cruelty a felony. It also helps localities looking to ban previous animal abusers from owning animals, particularly in cases where a new owner committed the offence in another state.
As you requested that people send letters to Congress in support of the bill, I hope this petition will also play its part in helping to lobby for its support. Thank you again for the great work you have done on behalf of animal rights. May more politicians follow your example.
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