Don’t Shield Animal Abusers from the Law

Target: State Senator Charles Schneider, President of the Senate, Iowa

Goal: Don’t protect animal abusers from prosecution and legal punishment.

Iowa is the only state in the United States that doesn’t automatically charge animal abusers with a felony. In fact, new legislation is set to make the law even more lenient for those accused of animal abuse. Under the guide of protecting business and local economies, Iowa’s proposed SSB1195 would prevent local municipalities from enacting an animal protection law if it infringes on the daily processes of a business that profits from animals.

This proposed law is extremely dangerous and will strip animals of the very few protections they have. It shields puppy mills, animal traffickers, and even factory farmers. “The legislature seems to be more concerned about letting these cruel industries earn a profit than they are concerned with the welfare of animals and also the safety of people in these local communities,” says Preston Moore, Iowa Director of the Humane Society of the United States.

Sign the petition to demand the state legislature reject these horrific laws. Animal abusers and traffickers should not be shielded from the repercussions of their crimes under the guise of turning a profit.


Dear Senator Schneider,

News of SSB115 is not only shocking but heartbreaking. Animal abusers and traffickers will be allowed to hide behind this law under the guise of running a business. However, hoarding animals, forcibly breeding them, and cramming them into truck beds to sneak them across state lines is not “running a business.” It is abuse.

Iowa has some of the laxest animal abuse laws in the nation. Efforts should be put into strengthening these protections, not stripping them away. I demand that you reject SSB115 and any law that will protect animal abusers from the punishment they’re due.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Paula Morgan says:

    Iowa needs to step up for animals. The way we treat our animals is the way we will treat human beings. Animals need and deserve protection. The law must speak for those who can not speak for themselves. All animal abuse in all states needs to be a felony. Iowa included. Harsh punishment and stiff fines and a registry is needed and must be adhered to under the letter of the law. Animals helped us to settle this country, have helped in wars, help veterans, help people with stress, help those patients in need and much more. How then can any state allow such treatment to happen to animals. In your next life you may come back as the animal you tortured. Think about it.

  2. Patricia Williams says:

    IOWA! Wake up and enter the 21st Century! Animal Abuse is a Crime! You need to stop this poor excuse for a law and stop being the laughing stock of the US. Speak for the Voiceless!

  3. Seriously IOWA WTF is wrong with this state? Wake up and get with the program. You should all be ashamed of yourselves for letting this animal abuse go on and no penalties whatsoever. This state is a total laughing stock of the USA – this is 2021 what god damn year are all of you still living in? Be the voice of all of the animals that need the help from humans to get them out of the horrible state of abuse that far too many of them live in on a daily basis.

  4. All animal abusers internationally must have the death penalty implemented and nothing less.


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