Protect Animals in South Dakota From Abuse

Target: South Dakota Legislature

Goal: Create felony punishments for cases of animal cruelty

South Dakota is one of the only states in our country without felony punishments for most acts of animal cruelty. In a state that is heavily populated by farms, there should be strict laws to protect the animals living there. Not criminalizing animal abuse sends the message that it isn’t a crime. We need to fight to make sure South Dakota amends its animal cruelty policies.

Animal abusers are violent offenders, and it is a fact that many people who will abuse an animal will go on to abuse a human. An act of animal cruelty is equivalent to any other type of cruelty, and there should not be a free pass in regards to animals. If South Dakota passes a new bill, then dogs, cats and horses will be protected and the abusers will face felony punishments. This bill will make those who commit acts of cruelty pay for the intentional harm they have inflicted on innocent animals.

Animals can’t speak for themselves, so we have to speak for them. It’s dangerous to not have criminal punishments for those who harm animals, especially when animal abuse can lead to further instances of harm. There are 48 other states in our country that already have laws to protect the animals, and South Dakota has no excuse not to have the same. Sign the petition below to make sure the state passes this bill and protects animals.


Dear South Dakota Legislature,

Your state seems to be behind in the times when it comes to animal cruelty laws. Forty-eight other states already have already implemented strict laws against animal cruelty and harsh criminal punishments for those who commit the acts.

Those who will abuse a defenseless animal will typical do harm to humans, and strict laws can prevent those situations from happening. Cruelty to animals is a warning sign, and it has been proven that those who will intentionally abuse an animal have deeper, psychological problems. Without laws to protect the animals, these dangerous people are off the hook and will continue to inflict harm since there are little consequences.

Almost every other state in our country is doing what they can to prevent animal abuse. While it is hard to completely stop the issue, we need to do what we can to ensure the abusers are punished. Please pass the bill to protect dogs, cats and horses in your state. We believe that a large farming community like your great state can only benefit by fighting for what is right for your animals.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Civilization includes humane and compassionate treatment of all living beings, and until this comes to pass, we cannot consider ourselves as decent human beings.

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