Demand Stricter Punishments for Animal Cruelty

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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  1. i must admit i am waiting for someone to grow a pair and be in favour of the animals that has been ill treated tortured killed any cruelty at all to any animal, some one will one day, i just hope i see it, please.

    • Pity Governments haven’t the guts to publicly hang animal abusers, that would be a deterrent not paltry fines and slapped wrists. At least punishments should fit the crime, let the abusers have a taste of their own medicine then lock them up for life. They’re not fit to walk the earth.

  2. do your job and pass a bill for the animals today , they are counting on you to stand up for them to help hand out prison sentencing for the animal abusers and killers.

  3. Those sub humans who deliberately mid treat animals should be made an example of , maybe this would deter other morons .

  4. A minimum of 5years and no early release,would make them think about their cruelty.

  5. Waiting for WHAT?
    The next ice age?

  6. Catherine Dugan says:

    These so called lawmakers need to get on the ball and make stronger laws for animal abusers! These abusers need to spend a longer time in jail and be made to pay a very stiff fine. And they shouldn’t be allowed to own a pet, ever again!
    And I feel, the most important thing, is the need to be monitored once they get out of jail; to make sure they don’t abuse another animal!

  7. Paul D. Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives:

    NO MORE SLAPS ON THE WRIST – Pass bill to ensure harsher consequences for acts of animal cruelty.

  8. All the naysaying politicians are afraid to lose the perceived benefits they receive from the many tentacles in the marketplace that they have, the ones that create and depend upon the torture, enslavement and immoral exploitation of every type of animal there is. And those few politicians (in any country) who are kinder, have more integrity, and are far more courageous, who try to introduce bills that better address the needed (and public-driven) changes, are defeated by these other, conscious-less creeps. This just happened AGAIN in Canada. Maybe we need another revolution at this point in order to completely rid ourselves of governments who refuse to respond to public pressure.

  9. Gigi Middlebrook says:

    This is so important to so many people can’t we even get a harsher bill passed to do something for all of the mistreated and abused animals. There are soooo many out there that need some understanding and compassion. Where has the soul of humankind gone?

  10. Nancy Raymond says:

    Those that abuse/torture animals should get EXACTLY what they gave – NO MERCY! ALL animal abusers should be imprisoned for 10 years minimum – 1st offense, 2nd offense – 20 years. Strict punishment is the only way they will stop.

  11. Dear Paul Ryan:

    It may be a minute issue in the huge picture of politics. Your show of compassion does mean much for many that voted for you. Please be a voice for animals too.

    Thank you.

  12. I can’t believe we still have to ask for this!!

  13. These heartless vicious individuals who go out of their ways to go and abuse and torture innocent animals are totally unworthy scumbags to live & breath on planet. Those meanspirited, unkind, cruel individuals must be severely punished to fit their evil crimes. Save the rest of the world and save the planet. Lock the evil away from the rest of the society.

  14. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    ABSO freaking LUTELY❗️?
    Signed & Shared ?

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