Commend Bipartisan Animal Rights Legislation


Target: Representative John Kavanagh and Senator Steve Farley 

Goal: Commend bipartisan efforts for animal rights

There has been much bipartisan collaboration recently in Arizona on animal welfare issues. State congressmen John Kavanagh and Steve Farley have introduced five bills to protect animals. According to State Senator Farley, “It’s in everyone’s self interest to stop animal cruelty where it begins.” We should commend Senator Farley and Representative Kavanagh for crossing party lines to prioritize animal rights.

The bills that Senator Farley and Representative Kavanagh have introduced include banning live animals as carnival prizes, prohibiting convicted animal abusers from owning animals, and including animal fighting offenses in Arizona’s current racketeering law. In February, the Humane Society of the United States presented the two congressmen with “Humane Legislator” awards.

Kavanagh authored HB 2022, which will prevent convicted animal abusers from keeping animals, after a constituent informed him that it was still legal for animal abusers to own pets. Kavanagh equates allowing animal abusers to own pets with allowing convicted child abusers to adopt children. He states, “You certainly wouldn’t allow a child abuser to stay around children, it seemed reasonable to also ban the possession of animals by people convicted of animal abuse.”

A bill authored by Senator Farley seeks to create an animal abuser registry that could be used by animal shelters and pet shops to prevent convicted animal abusers from obtaining pets. According to Farley, the registry would be useful because animal abusers are also more likely to be violent towards other people

The bipartisan collaboration recently demonstrated by Senator Farley and Representative Kavanagh is good for animals. The bills they have introduced will help to protect animals from abusive owners, increase penalties for those convicted of animal fighting crimes, and expand the definition of commercial pet breeders in order to protect animals. We should commend these congressmen for their exemplary efforts and encourage them to keep up the good work.


Governor Senator Farley and Representative Kavanagh:

I would like to thank you for your recent bipartisan efforts to protect animals. The legislation you have introduced to prevent animal abusers from owning animals can be appreciated by Democrats and Republicans alike. Your efforts at expanding the definition of commercial pet breeders and banning live animals as carnival prizes are also important for protecting animals in Arizona.

Your efforts have set a wonderful precedent for bipartisan collaboration on animal rights issues. I encourage you both to continue to cross party lines to protect animals.


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  1. Donna DiMare says:

    Now they need to do something about the high kill or any kill shelters

  2. It`s not very often that people like these speak up
    for animals,so very nice thank you.
    regards rita uljee from the Netherlands.

  3. Holly Allison VH says:

    Thank you , Arizona Congress, for coming together to take those necessary steps to enact positive change for all animals. Hopefully, the rest of the nation will follow your precedence .

  4. Irena Franchi says:

    Commend Bipartisan Animal Rights Legislation.

  5. Sheila Jefferson says:

    Thank you!!! 🙂

  6. Meanwhile, Arizona is trying to shove through an ag-gag bill as we speak, which includes reducing animal abuse from a felony to a misdemeanor. I suppose for every good animal welfare bill that comes along, there are douchebags that feel compelled to introduce bills with an “equal and opposite” reaction. I am not commending anyone in that state until I see who votes NO to ag-gag there.

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