Target: Kathleen Rice, District Attorney
Goal: Strengthen animal abuse laws to protect animals from harm
A ground-breaking bill would make life safer for animals in New York if becomes law. U.S. Animal welfare laws are extremely outdated and greatly underestimate the severity of animal abuse. Such legislation was written at a time when animal rights issues were not perceived as legitimate. Thus it is important to show support for this new legislation in New York.
If enacted, the Consolidated Animal Crimes Bill would ensure that police officers have a better grasp on animal laws. It would also make repeat offenders vulnerable to stronger penalties. Under the bill, felony animal cruelty and dog fighting charges would be upgraded to class D felonies, lengthening possible jail time to 7 years. Even this amount of time is not a very severe punishment, but sadly, nearly all animal offenders serve less than 7 years. Many serve no time at all and receive an affordable fine. There is nothing that protects other animals from these same abusers in the future.
District Attorney Kathleen Rice proposed the Consolidated Animal Crimes Bill in 2012. The Animal Legal Defense Fund has jumped in to support Rice along with the Animal Lovers League of Glen Cove and several New York lawmakers. This legislation could spark a movement to improve outdated animal cruelty laws across the nation.
Show your support for this worthy endeavor. Help animals receive legal justice that is long overdue.
Dear Kathleen Rice,
We are relieved to hear about the Consolidated Animal Crimes Bill, a bill that would create legislative changes for animals that are long overdue. Various forms of inequality have received attention and legislative support over the last several years. However, basic rights for animals continue to be overlooked.
A recent study showed that animal abusers are frequently involved in other types of crime like drug dealing and theft. Clearly, those who abuse animals are not only a danger to animals, but to society. By not taking animal abuse seriously, we insult other living things and forsake our own safety as well. While amazing efforts have been made, there is still a long way to go for animal legislation in the US.
It is incredibly important to not only have organizations involved, but individuals like yourself who can influence lawmaking decisions. These changes must be made nationwide. We support your efforts and hope that you will continue to push for safer conditions and basic rights for animals.
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