Enact Tougher Penalties for Those Cruel Enough to Abuse Animals

Target: José R. Oliva, Speaker of the House, Florida

Goal: Charge individuals who violently abuse animals with a felony.

Violent animal abuse in Florida carries a meager charge, allowing an unknown number of animals to go on being violently abused and mistreated. Animal cruelty in Florida is only a misdemeanor crime, not a felony. Men and women who do far less and cause no harm to others have faced tougher penalties for their actions than those who have tortured, maimed, or killed animals.

Now, a Florida sheriff is making it his goal to work with state lawmakers to increase the penalty for animal cruelty. This comes after two incidents of disturbing violence were caught on tape. In one video, a woman was caught whipping her dog with a leash. In the other, a man is seen punching his pet dog.

“Folks I don’t care what you’re going through, who you are mad at, or what pathetic excuse you have. There is no justification, explanation or excuse for beating a helpless pet,” said Sheriff Wayne Ivey. Sign the petition to show your support for Ivey and add your voice to his fight. Demand harsher penalties for violent animal abusers.


Dear Representative Oliva,

In Florida, men and women who violently abuse their pets are left with a simple slap on the wrist. After seeing horrific videos of dogs being punched, whipped, and tortured, it is clear this punishment is not enough.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey is asking lawmakers to make animal cruelty and abuse a felony crime. I’m adding my voice to his call. Enact tougher penalties on those who intentionally inflict pain and cruelty on innocent pets.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Sandu Stefan

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  1. Gloria Navan says:

    If our laws were pro animal and strictly enforced, abuse would diminish…we owe
    it to those creatures who have no control over their futures.

  2. Gabriela Torres says:

    Dear Representative Oliva:
    Animal cruelty is now officially banned across the United States, as President Trump has signed the federal document. The recognition of the link between cruelty to animals and crimes against humans played a major role in this ban.
    SO ISN’T IT FLORIDA A TERRITORY OF THE USA? Why cannot that law be applied there?

    • jackie Pflucker says:

      Yes, Your Honor, have compassion on the innocent animals that all they know is to give affection, accompany and protect us faithfully – only a failed, repulsive and abnormal human being would be able to do that and therefore deserves to be punished for the example of others.

      • Milantia Roy says:

        How much longer will we have to put up with those HUMAN monsters, who deserve to be erased from the face of the earth?

  3. Jaime Perez says:

    Animals should never be harmed for any reason. I hope Sheriff Ivey can get the ball rolling and animal abusers will be punished severely.

  4. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    I totally SUPPORT Sheriff Ivey’s motion to make animal cruelty and abuse a felony. Animals cannot speak for themselves, nor can they defend themselves. They are totally at the mercy of whomever their guardian is.

    ANYONE who cares for animals has a MORAL AND ETHICAL OBLIGATION to ensure its safety, health and general well-being. If they are unable or unwilling to properly care for the animal, they have a moral and ethical obligation to surrender it to an organization or an individual that can. The abuse of ANY sentient living being is unconscionable and unacceptable ANYWHERE. Our laws must reflect this. Animal cruelty and abuse must be FELONIES IN EVERY STATE.

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