Mandate Psychological Treatment for Kids Who Commit Animal Cruelty

Target: Thomas J. Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture

Goal: Mandate psychological treatment for kids who commit acts of animal cruelty to protect other animals and people.

It was over a year ago that Buddy the dog was found near death, with an extension cord tied around his neck, covered in burn marks from having been set on fire. The alleged perpetrator of this heinous crime: a 12-year-old Mississippi child. While this would typically be considered a felony punishable by up to three years in prison, children under 12 cannot be charged with a crime or evaluated according to Mississippi state law.

In the wake of much public outrage, officials created Buddy’s, law which went into effect on July 1st of 2022. According to Buddy’s law, any child convicted of torturing animals is required to receive psychiatric evaluation and treatment. Not only will this law protect thousands of animals from abuse, it will also possibly save the lives of many people, as there is a relatively well established link between animal abuse and later acts of violence towards humans.

Sign this petition to demand Buddy’s law be passed on a federal level and hold abusers in all states across the U.S. accountable for their crimes.


Dear Secretary Vilsack,

Buddy’s law was recently passed in Mississippi after Buddy, a family dog, was found with an extension cord tied tightly around his neck and covered in burn marks. This terrible crime was allegedly committed by a child who, under the age of 12, couldn’t be charged with a crime or evaluated by the state.

Buddy’s law changes this. According to the law, any child convicted of torturing animals is required to receive psychiatric evaluation and treatment. Not only will this get children the help they need, it will also likely save animals and even other people. The correlation between early childhood acts of animal abuse and later acts of violence towards humans is relatively well-established, and perpetrators of crimes towards animals are typically capable of much more.

We are asking you, Mr. Vilsack, to encourage Buddy’s law to be passed on a federal level as an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Agree all comments stop this now and get rid of the fuckers who treat animals like this. The laws need to change, and people need to be tortured the same way see how they feel. This world is fucken useless when comes to animals. EYE FOR An EYE. Why does it take so long to deal with this bullshit.

  2. Dawn Richardson says:

    Often children who commit these horrible acts are themselves being abused by parents or peers, or are budding psychopaths. In any case, a deep-dive into the lives of these kids must be undertaken to find out why. If these cases aren’t taken seriously by law officials, they will escalate.

  3. I’m telling you this kid is the next Jeffrey Dahmer he’s starting out the exact same way what an evil cruel act to commit and this kid needs to go to juvenile hall and sit there till he’s 18 and then they should put him in jail and let him sit there for another couple years and then they should never ever let him around animals again and make him a pedophile against animals so he can never never be around them I would set him on fire myself if I could piece of shit.

  4. Michelle Taylor says:

    All animal abusers require instigation of the death penalty. These vile animal abusing brats require the same penalty as adults.

  5. Maria Nowicki says:

    Just about all serial killers started out by abusing and torturing animals. This kid will grow up to be a psychopath if not given help. Where the hell were the parents when he was torturing the dog? They need psychiatric help also.

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