President Obama, Enact Harsher Animal Cruelty Laws in the United States

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Dear President Obama,
I am writing to ask you and your administration to enforce harsher penalties for people who commit animal cruelty against animals. This issue is not only a serious problem here in the U.S. but all around the world. Currently there is only 47 of the 50 states that make it a felony to commit these crimes, whereas it should be made a felony in all "50 states".
Most states require by law to charge an animal owner a "animal licensing fee" every year just because they are a pet owner. Mr. President where is this money going to? The money should be used to build more jails to house these horrid abusers, and take them off the streets and out of society. And also the money should be used in assisting animal shelters in finding good homes for these animals, so that they don't end up being gassed to death. Can you give an explanation into why there are so many loopholes in the "Licensing & Registration under the Animal Welfare Act that was passed by Congress in 1966"? This law "is supposed to set stiff penalties for sponsors and promoters of outlawed animal fighting ventures". Animal fighting is still going on in America President Obama! The law of this act passed by congress "has not" been enforced and prevented this activity like it is supposed to, according to the law signed into legislation.
Animals are living beings with feelings just like us humans and are vulnerable to inhumane treatment from humans and are victimized so much more, because of a lack of "severe animal cruelty laws" that the government treats as just a "petty crime" just because they are animals! Ask yourself Mr. President, would you appreciate having your family dog that you acquired for your daughters to be beaten and severely injured to the point of them dying? Please consider making all animal abuse cases in the U.S. a felony crime.
Dogs are man's best friend and do so much for us all in helping us in crisis, and providing unconditional love, and also are used by the police in helping solve crimes in criminal cases. Animals also help find missing and deceased people, help detect illegal drugs, bombs, and even diseases, and also have very intellectual keen abilities in helping people out from danger! These animals should have equal treatment just like us human beings with their wonderful attributions to mankind with what they do for us!!
So why not put these animals as a "priority in keeping them safe from harm" and enacting severe penalties for people who abuse them? Animals have the right to live too. Just because they cant tell us how they feel doesnt mean we should mistreat them. Animals also help blind people such as seeing eye dogs, and also assist disabled people such as myself as a "service animal" for a person's disability! How could you hurt an animal that is helping people in need? In the U.S. about 6-8 million dogs & cats are abused, and that number is only an estimate, as some cases go unreported due to the abuser getting away with it, and the animal is severely hurt and or dies. People who abuse animals move on to abusing small vulnerable children and then step up their hideous actions in raping and murdering people.
The federal government needs to immediately enact a mandatory animal abuse registry for animal abusers, just like what is required by law for sex offenders. This must be done in all 50 states to track convicted animal abusers and to alert other people of their whereabouts. I WOULD NOT want to be living next door to someone who has committed an heinous act of violence towards an animal, because these people are very dangerous people and are a threat to the rest of society, with their repulsive violent actions! Also, what needs to be done, is when a person is found guilty of animal abuse, the law should "ban the person from ever owning or being around animals ever again"!!
If these actions were put into place, it would definitely curtail the amount of crimes such as domestic violence, rape and murder that is happening on every street in America! We should be able to feel safe walking the streets in America, but with the lax laws currently in place for animal abusers, it is making our streets a dangerous and opportunistic place for these horrid crimes to persist. And these crimes will persist and worsen if the government "continues to slap the abuser on the hand" for their punishment!! The government is basically saying that it is acceptable behavior to abuse animals, so go out and do it again!! The punishment given should include a substantial fine and very lengthy jail time for their heinous actions, and NOT a few hours in jail, and a small fine!! We have a long way to go for our country to become "ONE GREAT NATION" if our government continues to ignore this serious problem that is growing at an alarming rate!! It's time for our country to become One Great Nation by showing the World that WE CARE about are Animals and all of Mankind in the U.S.A.!!!!
Nothing would make me more happier then to see you sign into legislation "The Animal Cruelty Act" into law providing for "severe penalties for animal abusers". It would be such an honor to be present at the White House, and witness you signing this legislation into law. President Obama, please take a stand, and show the whole world that "Animal Cruelty will not be tolerated in the U.S.A."!! Please be the president who creates this "CHANGE" during your term of your presidency.

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It's about time, society makes it clear that this behavior will not be tolerated anymore. It's time to make real progress and severely punish anyone torturing animals in any way.
I truly believe that those participating in animal abuse, specifically the organization of dog fighting, continue to diminish the humane actions everywhere. The disregard for life on any kind should be harshly punished. If those who were tied to breeding, training, and fighting dogs simply had harsher punishment I think it would greatly effect the sport.
In all the chaos in the world today, it is our responsibility to speak up and protect those who cannot and for those that never betray. If one has ever had the blessing of owning an animal they can tell you its one of the most rewarding and satisfying relationships one can have. Subjecting a helpless animal that will only shower their owners with unconditional loyalty and love is a cowardly and disgusting act that should be experienced by no animal, domestic or wild. Please subject those who disregard the current laws and common sense to do no harm to an animal. Only then will any progress be made. If one cannot care for an animal please allow it to be loved by others and not live in fear, hunger, or neglect without affection. It is one of the most heartless acts one can do to abuse another living entity. There is no excuse for us to watch and give an offender a slap on the wrist for abusing an animal. Sorry for the rant and preaching but its just heartbreaking to know that animals out there are neglected and not given the basic decency of mankind. Makes me sick to my stomach to know the fear these offenders instill in an animal and yet they will still be loyal and learn how to love and feel safe once again. Thanks for everyone who took time to sign it and thanks for those who do so much on a daily basis to protect animals everywhere.
Animal abusers need to be caught, punished & fined. It's not an animal's fault they're loyal to what they know from even an abuser. So tired of bully breed being blamed, Pitt bulls especially, they are amazing, loving dogs even after being abused. Just rescue one to learn how much they'll love you for it.
Make this law about ALL animals. No animal, no matter what kind, deserves to be tortured or molested.
Please fix the problem
I have just requested Sullivan County, New York to have an animal abuse law and registry. I believe this will very soon become a local law. Please President Obama sign into legislation the 'The Animal Cruelty Act''. Thank you. Ann A. Culligan