Applaud Tougher Animal Cruelty Laws


Target: Bruce Tarr, Massachusetts Senator

Goal: Praise comprehensive proposal to reduce animal cruelty offenses

The government of Massachusetts has proposed stiffer laws to deter animal cruelty in the state. These reforms have been in the works for almost a year, prompted by public outcry after a puppy was found beaten, starved, and mutilated. The bills passed with overwhelming approval in the Senate and House, and are expected to be signed into law by the governor shortly.

Under the new law, fines for animal cruelty will double from $2500 to $5000 for first offenses, and up to $10,000 for subsequent offenses. The maximum jail sentence for first offenses has increased by two years, while repeat offenders could face up to ten years imprisonment per charge. The legislation takes aim at repeat offenders by increasing the punishments for additional charges, something that was previously absent from the state’s animal protection laws.

The government will enlist the help of veterinarians and animal aid organizations to enforce the laws. Veterinarians will be expected to notify authorities when they see signs of abuse in animals within their care. The state will also be forming a task force made up of animal advocacy groups, law enforcement authorities, and veterinary professionals to conduct a review of the state’s current capacity to prevent and respond to animal cruelty.

Massachusetts’ new laws will help to deter and punish crimes against animals, while the new task force will ensure that the legislation is enforced. Your signature will thank the Massachusetts government for their efforts to create a comprehensive plan against animal cruelty.


Dear Senator Bruce Tarr,

A bill to increase the punishments for animal cruelty offenses has recently passed the Massachusetts Senate and House with overwhelming support. The bill would see fines double for first offenses, adding an even larger fine for subsequent crimes. It would increase the maximum prison sentence by two years as well as add a possible ten year prison sentence for repeat offenders. Under the bill, veterinary specialists will be required to notify authorities when they suspect abuse, and a task force will be formed to evaluate the state’s ability to respond to crimes of animal cruelty.

The state of Massachusetts has successfully created a comprehensive plan to addressing animal cruelty. Harsher penalties will ensure that even the most heinous crimes are proportionately punished, while enlisting help from the veterinary and animal rights communities will aid with enforcement. We, the undersigned, commend this new proposal to protect animals in Massachusetts.


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  1. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    God bless them!! And here’s to tougher and tougher sentences down the line!!!
    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  2. Sam Outhorn says:

    Good! Many of my ‘ancestors’ immigrated to
    Massachusetts in the past; so I doubly aplaude!

  3. Stan Benton says:

    Good for Massachusetts. But they are a relatively civilized state to start with. Now let’s work on some of our, let’s say, “somewhat less civilized” states, like Idaho,….come to think of it, I won’t name many more – might alienate the people of about half of our states?

  4. Sheila Jefferson says:

    Thank you! 🙂

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