Success: Law Requires Harsher Penalties for Animal Abusers

Target: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf

Goal: Applaud that a new law will fight animal cruelty and implement harsher punishments for animal abusers.

An overhauled law in Pennsylvania will amend and clarify current animal abuse statutes and increase the penalties for people convicted of abusing animals, thanks in part to campaigns like ForceChange’s petition to bring “Justice for Animals Abused by Reptile Farm Owner.” Applaud that this animal cruelty prevention law will protect more innocent creatures and will provide harsher consequences for awful animal abusers.

The law, known as the Animal Abuse Statute Overhaul, increases protections for horses against animal cruelty, requires that abused animals are surrendered to a shelter if their abusive owner is convicted, mandates that dogs can only be left tethered outside for a maximum of 30 minutes, and provides civil immunity for veterinarians, veterinarian technicians, and humane society police officers so they are not sued for reporting animal cruelty.

On top of this, animal abusers will face more severe punishments, including the chance of being taken to court rather than simply paying a small fine. It’s vital that all animals, big and small, are protected to the fullest extent and that those who hurt them face real consequences. Applaud these expanded measures to prevent animal cruelty and ensure animals have happy, healthy lives.


Dear Governor Wolf,

Thank you for persevering in passing an expanded animal cruelty prevention law that will provide greater protections to a larger number of animals as well as give strict penalties to those who decide to hurt these creatures.

Much of the time these abusers don’t stop with animals and go on to commit other crimes. Animals deserve better, and we can do better to prevent pointless and horrific things from happening to animals. I hope you continue to stand up for animal rights.


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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    all states have to do the same!

    • Yes, I agree with Gen Lovyet and JJ – All States should adopt such a law and all countries should too.
      Thank you Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

  2. The world world should be doing it too no excuse.

  3. This needs to be across the board in every state in the US as well as abroad. The only way that is accomplished is with public pressure. That helps animal organizations on a local and national level have more clout. I urge everybody to keep signing petitions, making calls and whatever else they want to do to make some noise against animal abuse.

  4. Beth Marie says:

    Thank from those at hands of their abusers who cannot speak. Now hopefully judges and prosecutors uphold these laws and do their jobs!

  5. Dear Sir:
    Thank you for setting an example! You always will be remembered!

  6. Animals are brutalized. Jesus Christ had it easy when he died on the cross. Unfortunately his death has given Christians Carte Blanche to stomp all over the earth, each other, and animals. Man has not dominion over all things since he lacks the majesty to protect innocent animals. Admittedly it appears that other cultures are worse when it comes to respect for animals. HUMANS ARE A DISGRACE.

    • Lynn – I agree with you generally. It was actually in the Old Testament of the Bible, not the New Testament, where man was given dominion over the animals. In the Old Testament they were also commanded to brutally sacrifice animals to their sky/volcano god Yahweh.
      Yes, animals are treated brutally in most if not all religions. It’s horrible.

  7. not only the law – the law apply to ALL

  8. wendy dearn says:

    We are animals, Strange how we forget that. we are protected by ‘human rights’ or shall we say the perpetrators are, rather than the victims. My heart bleeds’

  9. PATRICIA KatWrangler WELCH says:

    It’s a start.

    But a bit disappointed that this mentions just horses and dogs.
    ALL animals deserve to be treated with compassion, and get justice when abused.

    I just signed the petition about more than slaughtered 500 cats found stuffed in barrels. Cats are the MOST abused animal there is – their 2nd class status makes them more vulnerable to abuse. And that same mind-set gives sick-os permission to abuse them. I sadly have experience in this subject.

  10. Lisa Zarafonetis says:


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