Target: Tom Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania
Goal: Implement harsher penalties for animal abusers.
The owner of a reptile farm has been found guilty of over 30 counts of animal cruelty related to the discovery of dozens of starving and dead animals in his possession. Bob Furrer, owner of Bob’s Critters, a traveling animal education initiative, will face fines of $3,400 and be forced to pay restitution of $3,638 for the care and rehabilitation of the animals found alive. He will also be banned from animal ownership for 1,020 days, or 30 days per citation. Some animal welfare officials say that considering the state of the animals found, this punishment is too lax.
A large number of animals were found in various stages of decay, some left so long that there was little left but a skeleton. The animals left alive suffered dehydration, starvation and myriad health issues. Two African bullfrogs were found to be infested with parasites, while a snake had a fungus so severe that it migrated to its brain and killed it. Several more snakes were found to be suffering from dermatitis, a spiny-tailed lizard died of kidney failure, and mouth rot plagued a blue-tongued skink. On top of this, animal welfare officials said that the animals were kept in filthy conditions.
In order to ensure that animal abuse is taken seriously, the courts must punish offenders appropriately. Unfortunately, in some cases, lax animal welfare laws prevent this from happening. Without a lifetime ban on animal ownership, this man will be given the opportunity to reoffend. Sign the petition below to demand harsher punishments for animal abusers in order to help deter animal cruelty crimes.
Dear Mr. Wolf,
The owner of a traveling reptile farm was recently found guilty of over 30 counts of animal cruelty. Dozens of animals were found on his property dehydrated, starving, and suffering from various health issues. Many other animals were found dead and in differing stages of decay. For his crimes, the man will only pay about $7,000 in fines and be banned from animal ownership for less than three years.
Without more serious minimum penalties for animal abuse, animal abusers will not be deterred from offending. By allowing this man to possess animals again in three years, he will have the opportunity to hurt them again. We, the undersigned, demand that harsher penalties for animal abuse are introduced.
[Your Name Here]
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