Raise the Punishment for Animal Cruelty Crimes

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Target:  Tina Kotek, Speaker of the House for Oregon State

Goal: Ensure a just punishment for crimes against animals.

Animals are a major part of our society, from beloved pets to service animals in the police and military forces. Even so, the penalties for cruelty to these animals are shockingly low. We welcome animals into our homes and entrust them with our safety, but people who harm them may only be punished by a fine then released back into the world to do more harm.

Non-malicious cruelty to animals can be treated as either a misdemeanor or a felony and is only punishable by either a maximum fine of $1,000 or a maximum of one year imprisonment. Even the intentional and malicious torturing or injuring of an animal can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a felony, punishable by either a maximum fine of $5,000 or a maximum of five years of imprisonment.

Not only should the punishment be more severe because of the heinousness of the crimes, but also because there is an undeniable link between animal cruelty and more dangerous crimes. Most psychopaths have dabbled in animal cruelty and then they progress to sex crimes, domestic violence, and murder.

Animal cruelty laws need to include more severe penalties. Animals are not simply wild, unintelligent beings; they are beings we have invited into our homes and into our hearts, and so they should be treated as we would treat other human beings. Therefore, the punishments for animal abusers should be more on par with the punishments for crimes against humans.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Kotek,

We have brought animals out of their natural environment and trained them to be service animals and a part of our families. And yet, the crimes against them are mostly punishable only by a fine, probation, or minimal jail time. The animals we entrust with our love and safety are not protected by our criminal justice system. The crimes against them are heinous and unthinkable and punishment for these crimes needs to be more severe.

Not only are animal cruelty crimes a disgusting show of power, but they are gateway crimes to more dangerous acts such as sex crimes, domestic violence, and murder. Almost every psychopath has a history of animal cruelty. We implore you to stand for more severe punishments for crimes against these beloved animals. These crimes should be punishable to the same degree as crimes against human beings.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Gabriela Talarico

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10 Comments

  1. We need stiff penalties for animal crimes to send a message to the ones who commit these crimes that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.

  2. Janice Meyer says:

    The FBI has finally realized the correlation between animal abusers and advanced levels of human abuse and murder. There is a correlation between an animal abuser as a younger person and human abuses as the sick perversion progresses. The animal abuse laws have been elevated to top level felony offenses. There are restrictions that these people can never own animals and other sanctions, but unless they are locked up for a long time, they will continue the patter of abuse. Stiffer penalties are necessary for animal crimes. They are dangerous to animals and to our society in general.

  3. David Lavery says:

    The worst cases and offenders should be given a death penalty, its stupid to wait until they migrate to killing children which does happen.

  4. Gigi Middlebrook Gigi Middlebrook says:

    Nothing will ever be done to stop this madness unless the laws are made much stricter and tighter. Let’s start asking our congressmen and Senators to do something about this OK people?

  5. IT WOULD BE SO EASY, JUST TREAT THE SICKENING SCUM TO THE SAME TREATMENT THEY HAVE PUT ANY ANIMAL THROUGH, BUT ALWAYS HAVE THEIR FACE ON THE FRONT OF EVERY NEWSPAPER, LETS SEE WHAT THESE EVIL VILE SO CALLED HUMAN BEINGS LOOK LIKE, BUT MAKE THEM SUFFER

  6. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared

  7. Until we have strict laws and severe punishment for animal cruelty nothing will ever change. We need HARSH punishment for all the evil bastards NOW!!

  8. Bev Woodburn says:

    All animal torturers and abusers should be put to death by the same torture or abuse these heartless lowlife monsters committed against there defenceless and innocent victims.
    An eye for an eye the saying goes. The punishment should fit the crime.

  9. In relation to AN EPIDEMIC of abuse, we urgently need to increase the penalty for those who are convicted of offenses. Increase the penalty for animal abuse; it’s the law that fails the innocent. Current law DOES NOT deter perpetrators.
    Though the FBI has elevated animal abuse to a Class A Felony, alongside homicide, on a federal level, local law needs to integrate and reflect that.
    Any offense of cruelty against animals should reflect those offenses of cruelty against children, vulnerable, and deter re-offending.
    A central public abuser registry must be created to keep animals out of the hands of abusers…ending a repeated cycle.
    We need to be proactive instead of endlessly reactive…the punishment should fit the crime.

  10. Yes, absolutely there should be very serious penalties for animal abusers. Everyone knows by now that animal abuse is a stepping stone to more serious crimes against humans, including sexual crimes and murder. When we see any type of animal abuse we MUST REPORT IT. Offenders should not be allowed to ever have a pet again! I think that’s very important, as the behavior doesn’t change, it only gets worse.

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