Target: New York Senate Finance Committee Chair, Senator John A. DeFrancisco
Goal: Provide animal cruelty training programs for law enforcement.
Law enforcement members may soon be granted the opportunity to be properly trained to handle animal cruelty cases. A newly proposed bill would allow the state Department of Agriculture and Markets the opportunity to develop police training policies for enforcement of animal cruelty and protection laws.
The bill was proposed by Assemblyman Bill Magee and Senator Patty Ritchie in New York. The importance of this legislation lies in the improper training of police officers in handling animal abuse cases. Officers often come across animal abuses cases and are not equipped to handle the situation themselves. An Albany County Sheriff reported that just recently one of his officers came across emaciated horses and called the station because he was unaware of what to do with them.
The inadequate training of officers leads to a more dangerous situation for animal victims and to improper prosecution of perpetrators. The legislation currently being considered would not just train officers to handle the animal abuse cases, but would also convert the existing laws to electronic form. This would make the laws more easily accessible for officers, equipping them further to handle these types of cases.
The legislation is currently stalled in the Senate Finance Committee. The passage of this bill would give the proper education that officers need in order to arrest animal abusers. This could save animals that would otherwise be overlooked as well as prevent future animals from becoming victims. It would likely lead to more arrests of animal abusers, which would lead to a safer world for animals. Please support this petition to pass this bill and help protect animals.
Dear Senator DeFrancisco,
A proposed bill that would allow for an animal abuse training program for police officers is currently stalled in the New York Senate Finance Committee. This program would include education on what animal abuse looks like, what to do when they come across an animal abuse case, and how to safely handle the animals.
Currently, there is no such program for officers. Law enforcement often come across animal abuse cases, but officers are not trained to handle the situation. This leads to perpetrators not being arrested and animals left to live in abuse. Without proper training, animals are not given a chance to be rescued from abuse and neglect.
Please support this bill and approve its passage. Animals are the world’s most vulnerable creatures, and it is our job to give them a voice. You have my support to approve this bill and to continue to pass legislation protecting animals.
[Your Name Here]
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