Target: Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan
Goal: Develop animal cruelty registry to prevent animal abuse
An Illinois congresswomen has introduced a bill that will greatly discourage individuals convicted of animal cruelty charges from ever harming another animal. The new legislation would develop an animal cruelty registry that would not only prevent convicted offenders from owning a pet, but it would also prohibit them from working at a place of business where animals are present. Passage of this legislation would be a victory for animals in Illinois and across the country.
Illinois has been at the forefront of passing laws that benefit animals. According to a recent report by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Illinois ranks as the third best state when it comes to animal protection. The HSUS points out Illinois as having “strong laws against animal cruelty and fighting, banning the possession of shark fins and against the private possession of dangerous exotic animals as pets.” The only states that top Illinois for animal protection are Oregon (ranked 2) and California (ranked 1). Implementation of an animal cruelty registry would only increase Illinois’ position as a great place for the animal-loving community.
Even with such strong laws in place, animal cruelty still occurs in Illinois. Recently, a man in Bellville, Illinois was charged with animal cruelty for neglecting his dog and allowing the animal to freeze to death in sub-zero temperatures. According to Fox News in St. Louis, “the dog was found frozen to death inside his dog house by local animal rescuers. The dog’s food dishes were filled with ice and snow.” A mandatory animal cruelty registry would prevent this inhumane man from ever owning another pet, potentially saving the life of another helpless animal.
By signing the petition below, you will encourage Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to do everything in his power to stand up for animal rights, pass this important legislation and make Illinois a positive example for the rest of the country.
Dear Michael Madigan,
I was pleased to learn that the Illinois House is considering legislation that would mandate individuals convicted of animal cruelty to register with the state. This new law would not only prevent convicted offenders from owning a pet, but it would also prohibit them from working at a place of business where animals are present. Passage of this legislation would be a victory for animals in Illinois and across the country.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, Illinois ranks third amongst the best states for animal protection. Implementing an animal cruelty registry could be the action that bumps your great state up to number one.
I am asking you to please do everything in your power to stand up for animal rights, pass this important legislation and make Illinois a positive example for the rest of the country.
[Your Name Here]
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