Target: Terry L. Bernardo, Chairman of Ulster County Legislature
Goal: Support and encourage legislators in their efforts to more effectively punish and prevent animal abuse
Ulster County legislators are pushing New York to implement more effective animal abuse prevention and enforcement. Currently, animal abusers often go unpunished or are not punished harshly enough because they are covered under the state’s Agriculture and Markets Law, which is more focused on consumption and production of food than it is on animal welfare. Support Ulster County legislators in their efforts to have stronger animal abuse protections and punishments.
Animal abuse is still a serious issue in the United States for various reasons like lax or ineffective punishments and a lack of specific attention to animal abuse issues. Ben Shapiro, a former Ulster County legislator, explains why animal abuse is not dealt with properly in New York: “Right now, animal cruelty laws are hidden away in Ag and Markets law, next to something that dictates how much cheese you can sell at market. We need to get them under the Penal Code so that our cops, our judges, our prosecutors have a more full understanding of these laws.”
Legislators are hoping to pass the Consolidated Animal Crimes Bill so that animal abuse can be dealt with more effectively. The bill would create a separate department that dealt with animal abuse, instead of both animal abuse and agricultural issues, so that swift and effective criminal charges can be applied when abuse occurs. This is not only important to protect animals, but to protect people as well. Often, animal abuse is a symptom of sociopathic tendencies and can indicate that the individual is only a step away from abusing or murdering human beings. By implementing harsh punishments and getting animals abusers into the system, police hope to prevent abuses to both animals and humans. Thank legislators for their efforts to improve animal abuse legislation.
Dear Representative Bernardo,
Your efforts to enact more comprehensive and effective animal abuse laws are admirable. Often, animal abusers go unpunished or are not punished harshly enough simply because there are not enough resources that go into enforcing animal abuse laws. Properly punishing abusers is important to protect both animals and humans.
The Consolidated Animal Crimes Bill changes this by creating a specific department that deals with animal abuse issues. You and other legislators are correct when you point out that agricultural issues and animal abuse should not be handled by the same department. The proposed bill will be a big step towards better protection and set a good example for other legislators. Thank you for your efforts to implement better animal abuse legislation.
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