Raise the Punishment for Animal Cruelty Crimes

Target:  Tina Kotek, Speaker of the House for Oregon State

Goal: Ensure a just punishment for crimes against animals.

Animals are a major part of our society, from beloved pets to service animals in the police and military forces. Even so, the penalties for cruelty to these animals are shockingly low. We welcome animals into our homes and entrust them with our safety, but people who harm them may only be punished by a fine then released back into the world to do more harm.

Non-malicious cruelty to animals can be treated as either a misdemeanor or a felony and is only punishable by either a maximum fine of $1,000 or a maximum of one year imprisonment. Even the intentional and malicious torturing or injuring of an animal can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a felony, punishable by either a maximum fine of $5,000 or a maximum of five years of imprisonment.

Not only should the punishment be more severe because of the heinousness of the crimes, but also because there is an undeniable link between animal cruelty and more dangerous crimes. Most psychopaths have dabbled in animal cruelty and then they progress to sex crimes, domestic violence, and murder.

Animal cruelty laws need to include more severe penalties. Animals are not simply wild, unintelligent beings; they are beings we have invited into our homes and into our hearts, and so they should be treated as we would treat other human beings. Therefore, the punishments for animal abusers should be more on par with the punishments for crimes against humans.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Kotek,

We have brought animals out of their natural environment and trained them to be service animals and a part of our families. And yet, the crimes against them are mostly punishable only by a fine, probation, or minimal jail time. The animals we entrust with our love and safety are not protected by our criminal justice system. The crimes against them are heinous and unthinkable and punishment for these crimes needs to be more severe.

Not only are animal cruelty crimes a disgusting show of power, but they are gateway crimes to more dangerous acts such as sex crimes, domestic violence, and murder. Almost every psychopath has a history of animal cruelty. We implore you to stand for more severe punishments for crimes against these beloved animals. These crimes should be punishable to the same degree as crimes against human beings.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Gabriela Talarico

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8 Comments

  1. Rhona LaBruzzo says:

    Tina Kotek, Speaker of the House for Oregon State-I hate to say this but I hope you have seen the abuse that is doled out on the weak. Please help stop it.

  2. make stronger laws to defend the great animals now.

  3. DEFINITELY, THE PENALTIES NEED TO BE WAY, WAY MORE SEVERE, IN JAIL TIME AND FINES FOR ANIMAL ABUSERS!

    NAIL THESE BASTARDS PLEASE !

    I AM SICK OF ALL THE ABUSE GOING ON AND HARDLY ANYTHING IS DONE TO THEM…THAT IS A CRIME IN ITSELF !!!!!

  4. The justice needs to fit the cruelty to animals ,Hang these bastards it should be more severe and banned for life owning another animal. I am sick of these bastards abusing animals and nothing being done.DON’T GET A ANIMAL UNLESS YOU LOOK AFTER IT ARSEHOLES. And for those Judges and the people who control the laws how would like it if it was there animals or family. Karma will come for people involved in the law hope happens to them see how they like it. The world is a disgrace. All they think about is money and how much they get not animal welfare. They are arseholes. Wish i was in charge.

  5. Nancy Raymond says:

    Treating animal abusers like litterers is what authorities regularly do – it is like a non-crime – animal abusers need to be punished EXACTLY like child abusers – I see no difference – it is abuse of the innocent, defenseless and the voiceless – ANY judge, police officer or DA needs to wake up and stop mollycoddling these hunks of sewer slime.

    • Oh, I agree. There is no need for human ignorance and brutality with regards to the defenseless…not now, not ever.

  6. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared ?

  7. Animals are conscious. They suffer consciously as well. Cutting edge research has proven that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are (Cambridge Declaration, July 7, 2012); household pets, today often loved members of the family, have a proven intelligence on par with young children… Enough said. Raise animal cruelty penalties to the level you would wish to see if a stranger tortured and killed your child or if you found someone mercilessly abusing some other child, or if you discovered multiple children being cruelly neglected and exploited (as in “puppy mills”, factory-farming incidents, etc)… Weak anti-cruelty and protection laws are NOT DETERRING animal abusers and predators, or re-offending. “Evil prevails because good people do nothing”, that makes the “good people” as guilty as the perpetrator… Tina Kotek, please consider joining the ranks of the many who wish for greater strengthening of animal protection and welfare law…

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