Target: U.S. Senate
Goal: Make jail time mandatory for animal cruelty offenders.
Animal cruelty and abuse has become an epidemic in the United States. Lawmakers fail to see the severity of this problem, and our judiciary takes an equally lax stance to punishing animal abusers nationwide. We must make jail time mandatory for all animal cruelty offenders, in order to deter more citizens from hurting animals.
Animal cruelty needs to be updated to a felony. A slap on the wrist by prosecutors only sends the message that it is okay to torture, rape, mutilate or kill innocent animals. Statistics prove a strong correlation between animal cruelty and violent crimes against people. Most serial killers’ original violent tendencies started with torturing animals. The people who commit these kinds of crimes are a real danger to society.
Incarceration is not just a punishment, it is a means to prevent a criminal from committing more crimes. A means to rehabilitate him or her. And with such a strong correlation between animal cruelty and later crimes against humans, this period to prevent future crime is critical. Some may suggest that making animal cruelty a felony would equate animals to humans. This is not true. Instead, making animal cruelty a felony would force courts to ask when they rule in an animal cruelty case: What kind of person would hurt a defenseless animal, and what else might they be capable of?
We must make jail time the minimum punishment for animal cruelty cases.
Dear U.S. Senate,
Animal cruelty is strongly correlated with later crimes against humans. Relaxed sentences against animal cruelty cases teaches these offenders that it’s ok to hurt defenseless animals. These are the same people who statistics show will go on to rape, torture, and murder human beings. The people who commit these type of crimes pose a sincere danger to our society. And incarceration for these offenders allows us to prevent future crimes from these individuals, and even rehabilitate them. Jail time must be made the minimum punishment for animal cruelty cases.
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