Target: New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan
Goal: Double the penalties and fines for animal cruelty in New York State.
After a Jack Russell Terrier was recently found tortured by two Buffalo teenagers, New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan has proposed legislation that would enforce more severe penalties for animal cruelty. The decision is also an attempt to bring New York’s animal cruelty penalties up to the national average. Not only is New York the third most populated state in the country, New York City is also home to the most pets per capita. Increasing penalties for animal cruelty in New York will have a significant impact on the total number of animal abuse cases in the United States.
Phoenix’s Law, named for the four-month old Jack Russell Terrier who was set on fire and managed to survive, will increase the maximum prison sentence for animal cruelty to four years and double the fine to $10,000. The law will also require that anyone convicted of animal cruelty complete a psychiatric evaluation and a series of recommended treatments.
Ryan’s decision to introduce the law after the first of the year came not only as a response to such a horrific act of animal abuse, but also due to the age of those who committed the crime. Animal abuse during childhood is often an indicator that there will be a predisposition to abuse and violence later in life. He hopes that enforcing stronger punishments will deter children from violent behavior and also function as a means of pointing out those who might have such a predisposition and need counseling.
Please sign the petition below and show your support for legislation that would offer more protection for the largest population of pets in the United States.
Dear Assemblyman Sean Ryan,
It is a tragedy that the introduction of Phoenix’s Law came as a response to such a horrific act of cruelty. But if the suffering that one life endured can be used to save thousands of others from the same fate, perhaps something so terrible will be the beginning of something wonderful.
New York City is home to the country’s largest population of pets per capita, yet it has failed to provide them with the protection the rest of the country has already ensured. Increasing penalties for cases of animal abuse will no doubt save the lives of animals and prevent future acts of violence.
Thank you for your effort to make sure New York will hold the lives of animals in the same regard as the rest of the country and also for ensuring that Phoenix’s suffering will stand for something.
[Your Name Here]
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