Success: Law Requires Harsher Penalties for Animal Abusers

Target: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf

Goal: Applaud that a new law will fight animal cruelty and implement harsher punishments for animal abusers.

An overhauled law in Pennsylvania will amend and clarify current animal abuse statutes and increase the penalties for people convicted of abusing animals, thanks in part to campaigns like ForceChange’s petition to bring “Justice for Animals Abused by Reptile Farm Owner.” Applaud that this animal cruelty prevention law will protect more innocent creatures and will provide harsher consequences for awful animal abusers.

The law, known as the Animal Abuse Statute Overhaul, increases protections for horses against animal cruelty, requires that abused animals are surrendered to a shelter if their abusive owner is convicted, mandates that dogs can only be left tethered outside for a maximum of 30 minutes, and provides civil immunity for veterinarians, veterinarian technicians, and humane society police officers so they are not sued for reporting animal cruelty.

On top of this, animal abusers will face more severe punishments, including the chance of being taken to court rather than simply paying a small fine. It’s vital that all animals, big and small, are protected to the fullest extent and that those who hurt them face real consequences. Applaud these expanded measures to prevent animal cruelty and ensure animals have happy, healthy lives.


Dear Governor Wolf,

Thank you for persevering in passing an expanded animal cruelty prevention law that will provide greater protections to a larger number of animals as well as give strict penalties to those who decide to hurt these creatures.

Much of the time these abusers don’t stop with animals and go on to commit other crimes. Animals deserve better, and we can do better to prevent pointless and horrific things from happening to animals. I hope you continue to stand up for animal rights.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Thank you Governor Wolf for implementing a stricter sentence for animal abusers.
    Animals are like children in that they don’t know better and they are innocent. Like children most of them look up to us and rely on us to take care of them. Like children they want to be able to trust us. Like children they love and seek to be loved genuinely. And so given how they are so much like children – in those aspects I’ve mentioned – animal abusers should face the same type of sentence child abusers face. It is so sad that specicism greatly exist. Everywhere around the world animals do not get the respect they deserve. Humans are deemed above animals and many people believe that just because of that animals aren’t that important and so do not deserve the respect as we humans deserve. Because of that any animal abuse is treated like “O well” like it doesn’t matter. And because people not treating animal cruelty as a serious issue they do not think of implementing serious consequences for animal cruelty and so more and more people abuse animals because they know they can get away with it. Well IT DOES MATTER! And for that SPECICISM SHOULD BE SQUASHED! Any breathing life with a central nervous and immune system which ofcourse includes all animals are entitled to respect. And respect includes not abusing them. In that case animal abuse should be considered a serious issue. Because of people not seeing animal abuse as a serious issue they have not implemented rules to end animal cruelty.
    Well it’s more serious then we all want to think. Animal abuse have gone rampaged ALL OVER THE WORLD and for that reason I feel it is crucial to help end animal cruelty that the law of “animal abusers to be sentence the same way a child abuser is sentence” be implemented IN EVERY STATE OF AMERICA AS A START AND EXAMPLE FOR ALL COUNTRIES TO FOLLOW.

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