Target: Paul D. Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Goal: Pass bill to ensure harsher consequences for acts of animal cruelty.
A bill that would increase the severity of penalties for mistreating animals passed in the Senate, but was let drop by the House of Representatives. Especially in light of the continuously growing amount of research about the intelligence of domestic animals, it is vital and urgent to ensure they are treated humanely.
The bill, sponsored by Senator Richard Alloway (R), would create the offense of aggravated cruelty to animals, and more severe consequences for reckless endangerment or intentional abuse of animals. It has other, more specific stipulations as well, including prohibiting tethering dogs for long periods of time if they are without food, water, and shelter. It would also extend anti-cruelty laws that apply to other animals to horses as well. In that past, laws that govern the care of horses have been different because they are used in racing, competitions, and breeding.
Owning an animal means taking responsibility and caring for it, and laws governing the consequences for not doing so should reflect the seriousness of that. The bill should be reintroduced, and adequate funding provided to enforce the laws. Sign below to support the approval of this bill.
Dear Speaker Ryan,
Many intelligent animals suffer severe mistreatment and abuse by their owners, and punishment for these actions should reflect the severity of the crime. The House of Representatives failed to act on a bill passed in the Senate calling for harsher consequences for animal cruelty. This bill must be reintroduced and supported, along with adequate funding to enforce it.
The bill was sponsored by Senator Richard Alloway (R) and would ensure increased penalties for recklessly endangering or intentionally abusing animals by creating the offense of aggravated cruelty. It would require that dogs have access to food, water, and shelter if they are going to be tethered for long periods of time, and that cruelty laws that govern the treatment of other animals also be applied to horses, currently not included because horse racing, competitions, and breeding are used as grounds for a separate set of laws. These animals need and deserve protection. I urge you to pass this bill and support safety and justice for America’s domestic animals.
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