Target: New York Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis
Goal: Pass five new laws protecting all animals from abusers in Staten Island.
New York is looking to more effectively punish those who have abused our beloved animals with five pieces of legislation. It is unfortunate that not all animals are protected from evil and cruel people. It is unfortunate that stories of dogs and cats being found dismembered in freezers or thrown in a dumpster are found all over the internet. If you believe that our dogs, cats, and other animals should be better protected, sign this petition.
New York Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis is working with other senators to craft five laws that would close loopholes and better protect our animals from abusers. The bills were inspired by Charlotte, a Maltese Shih Tzu who was found near the Staten Island Railway tracks in a shopping bag with a pink elastic bow on her head. Doctors described her as being comatose, as she wasn’t responding. Charlotte suffered severe head trauma, which made her blind, along with fractures in her right leg. Horrified by the abuse that was inflicted on this dog, officials from Staten Island sought to make life for animals better.
The first bill states that one has committed aggravated cruelty to an animal when a weapon is used. The second would also state that a person has also committed aggravated cruelty to an animal when they had committed the crime in the past. Another bill would state that it is illegal to kill an animal while also expressing cruelty. The fourth proposal deals with a form of negligence, making the offender guilty of animal cruelty. The final legislation would provide broader protections to all animals, instead of just “companion animals.”
It is truly frustrating and depressing to hear of dogs being abused, but with these laws in place, hopefully our animals will be better protected. If you believe that all animals should be taken cared of, sign this petition to support this bill.
Dear Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis,
I am pleased to hear that those from Staten Island and the surrounding areas are willing and eager to protect animals. It is unfortunate that it took the beating of Charlotte to spark new legislation, but I am grateful that it is being done. Animals are not just companions–they are beings who can feel pain and experience a wide range of emotion. Humans are capable of harming these creatures and taking away their liberties.
As a compassionate individual, I support the creation of the bills you have drafted. There are loopholes in the system, and they need to closed. I am also grateful that new safeguards are being put in place. I hope a similar case involving a hurt animal never crops up again, and if it does, at least Staten Island will be able to prosecute these abusers.
[Your Name Here]
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