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

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Dear President Trump,
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 United States, but all around the world.
In the United States, 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.
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. 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! Animals have the right to live too. Just because they can't tell us how they feel doesn't mean we should mistreat them. 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. They also provide much needed assistance to disabled people as service animals! How could you hurt an animal that is helping people in need?
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? The federal government needs to immediately enact a mandatory animal abuse registry for ALL 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! Please President Trump, pass harsher laws that will send out a strong message to animal abusers, that you will be SEVERELY punished for your reprehensible actions!
Nothing would make me 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 Trump, please take a stand, and show the whole world that Animal Cruelty will not be TOLERATED in the United States of America! Thank you very much!!
Public Comments
Apr 3rd, 2017
Joseph B. from Pensacola, FL writes:
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This should also apply to Puppy mills, dog and cock fighting and hunting!
Apr 2nd, 2017
Rayna S. from Tomball, TX writes:
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The abuse and neglect of animals is an act so depraved that society should quantify it with that of the abuse and neglect of children, the elderly and all those who are not able to care for themselves. Animals are chained to fences, left in the baking sun and freezing snow, shipped in horrific conditions, crated to curb behavioral conditions, 'warehoused' for years until they go mad, forced to drink shampoo and other products, have chemicals poured in their eyes and on their coats, and tortured in unimaginable laboratory conditions. There must be a sea change in society's tolerance of these cruelties. Penalties for the abuse of animals must have marked and severe punishments. We should no more turn our heads from these atrocities than those of human trafficking and animal poaching. Mr. President, Senators and Congressmen, please help us help those who cannot help themselves. Please pass legislation that will increase the penalties for animal abuse, and help us end this hideous epidemic.
Mar 27th, 2017
S. T. from Old Hickory, TN writes:
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I completely agree that there must be stiffer penalties for such cruelty. Animal lives are no less important than any human lives -- they are living, breathing creatures, many of which are dependent on us to care for them and protect them. Those of us who have been blessed to be the caretaker of a dog or cat will tell you they are deeply loved family members, and it is heartbreaking to see minimalist punishment. Personally, I would like to significant jail time imposed for such acts. And, I would like to see some sort of Task Force in place that actively seeks out those that hoard multiple animals and neglect them. Here in Tennessee, this type of dog abuse is happening all too frequently (as a matter of act, an incident was posted on our local news this morning). I would not be opposed to paying additional taxes for better animal protection. Perhaps, even consider requiring a state-issued dog ownership license that ensures certain care-taking criteria are met by an organization that fully understands such. This license would also be used to track transfer of ownership. This is not unlike the many rescue groups that instill mandatories that must be met before allowing adoption to occur; and many more insist on maintaining ongoing contact with the owner through the dog's adopted life. I don't think this nation can take baby steps on this issue any longer . . . action needs to be significant and it needs happen soon. Please help!!
Mar 22nd, 2017
R. J. from Stafford, VA signed.
Mar 15th, 2017
Franziska E. from Baltimore, MD signed.
Mar 14th, 2017
Someone from Morris Plains, NJ writes:
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Dogs and cats have feelings just like humans do. People who comitt these crimes have no regard for life. PLEASE enforce harsher penalties. These animals deserve our help.
Mar 14th, 2017
Someone from San Diego, CA signed.
Mar 13th, 2017
sara c. from Barre, VT signed.
Mar 12th, 2017
Lisa B. from Fort Lauderdale, FL signed.
Mar 10th, 2017
Tonya M. from Maumee, OH writes:
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My dog is not simply a household pet. He is the reason I get up everyday. He in my eyes is my child. I feed him, bath him, provide a roof over his head, and provide a structured life so that he has manners around others and is productive. I pay for his medical checkups, vaccinations, and medications. We do this everyday for our children- so why if a four legged member of the family is hurt, tortured, and killed in a horrific manner we change how they should be punished. Loosing my dog 4 years ago has literally stolen a piece of me that I will never get back. An eye for an eye- if someone hurts and tortures an animal then they should have the same done to them. It would send a well needed wake up call to abusers that it will no longer be tolerated.
Mar 4th, 2017
Allaiyah W. from Federal Way, WA writes:
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If you love animals, it's the same as murdering a baby. IF you hate animals, then you at least know that people who torture cats usually move on to killing human children & women.
Mar 3rd, 2017
Sandra K. from Cape Coral, FL signed.
Feb 11th, 2017
Elena V. from Los Angeles, CA writes:
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I support
Feb 10th, 2017
Angieline l. from Tacna, AZ writes:
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that is so right we need to protect animals not kill them. killing animals will make the world a sadder and harder place to live in to me beating animals will only raise up to more violence in our country. we need to put a stop to this.
Feb 9th, 2017
Colleen M. from Middle Grove, NY writes:
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Animals do not ask to be born or abused. They have no choices, and no defense, but we do. We need stricter laws so the disgusting low life individuals who abuse animals pay for the pain they cause these innocent creatures. Too many animals have been frozen,starved, beaten and neglected to be ignored. Something MUST be done.
Feb 9th, 2017
Jordan P. from Oil Springs, KY writes:
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Kentucky has the least amount of animal protection laws. Please Do something about it. People can break into my house and shoot my dogs and NOTHING will be done to them. But if that were to happen I would kill the person myself
Feb 9th, 2017
Jill B. from Niagara Falls, NY signed.
Feb 8th, 2017
Denise S. from Cleveland, OH signed.
Feb 8th, 2017
Helen C. from Brumley, MO writes:
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Please help with the protection of animals in this country, and worldwide.
Feb 8th, 2017
Gina G. from Lyndhurst, NJ writes:
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I am absolutely heartbroken by the lack of true punishment and enforcement to animal abusers. a slap on the wrist will not prevent horrific and unspeakable acts of abuse towards these helpless voiceless , precious animals. something needs to be done and the time is now....!! not tomorrow.....or next week. Too much precious time is wasted when these laws by congress are not being enforced and acted upon. Stop dog fighting, stop shelters that do not take proper care of these animals CLOSE DOWN PUPPY MILLS FOR GOOD!!! Please!!! :-(
Feb 8th, 2017
Gina G. from Lyndhurst, NJ writes:
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I am absolutely heartbroken by the lack of true punishment and enforcement to animal abusers. a slap on the wrist will not prevent horrific and unspeakable acts of abuse towards these helpless voiceless , precious animals. something needs to be done and the time is now....!! not tomorrow.....or next week. Too much precious time is wasted when these laws by congress are not being enforced and acted upon. Stop dog fighting, stop shelters that do not take proper care of these animals CLOSE DOWN PUPPY MILLS FOR GOOD!!! Please!!! :-(
Feb 8th, 2017
Gina G. from Lyndhurst, NJ writes:
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I am absolutely heartbroken by the lack of true punishment and enforcement to animal abusers. a slap on the wrist will not prevent horrific and unspeakable acts of abuse towards these helpless voiceless , precious animals. something needs to be done and the time is now....!! not tomorrow.....or next week. Too much precious time is wasted when these laws by congress are not being enforced and acted upon. Stop dog fighting, stop shelters that do not take proper care of these animals CLOSE DOWN PUPPY MILLS FOR GOOD!!! Please!!! :-(
Feb 6th, 2017
Someone from Key Largo, FL writes:
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Please help the poor babies!
Feb 5th, 2017
Jill S. from Darien, CT writes:
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There should be no tolerance for animal abuse whatsoever - this disgusts me and these sick people who are cruel to animals should face harsher consequences. It's sickening what they get away with.
Feb 5th, 2017
Jennie R. from Concord, CA writes:
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Animals have no voice, no vote, no one representing them, no one defending them---but us. Animals are helpless in protecting themselves. It is up to us, Americans, human beings, individuals, businesses to protect them from any abuse or cruelty. Animal cruelty is the worst form of abuse - because they are so helpless. ENACT laws and regulations that PROTECT ANIMALS, NOT ABUSERS. Hold all animal abusers accountable!
Feb 4th, 2017
Cathy I. from Jacksonville, FL writes:
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Please please please
Feb 2nd, 2017
Kari S. from Boise, ID signed.
Jan 28th, 2017
Nan S. from Raleigh, NC signed.
Jan 24th, 2017
Barbara B. from Terre Haute, IN signed.
Jan 24th, 2017
Tan R. from Houston, TX writes:
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Laws needs to be much tougher for those that misuse and abuse animals. Animals are voiceless and the abuse they endure from owners and strangers is heartbreaking. I'm all for the tougher laws and sentencing of these monsters. I have an organization that feeds animals of disaster and homeless and abandoned animal in Houston, Texas and the abuse of these animals are insane. I definitely stand with you on this. @bootschewbox
Jan 22nd, 2017
CL C. from Chico, CA signed.
Jan 22nd, 2017
Elke P. from Colonia, NJ signed.
Jan 11th, 2017
Caroline W. from Moncks Corner, SC writes:
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Thank you for your efforts to expand National Parks and Protected areas for future generations. It would be a blessing before you leave office to add legislation to prevent animal cruelty. This is for all animals be it domesticated or wildlife. Please look at the issue closely and help in anyway that you can. The one most important law should be the mandatory spay/neuter of domesticated animals except registered breeders. Breeders should be required to get a license and be inspected at any time in order to make sure the welfare of the animals are taken care of.
Dec 30th, 2016
Rochelle S. from Redford, MI writes:
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Animal abusers should get treated same way as treated the dog/car that abused. Animal abusers should get jail time rather than a fine of slap on wrist, plus register with law enforcement that cannot own dog/cat for life.
Dec 24th, 2016
Someone from Kings Park, NY writes:
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Please seriously consider authorizing more severe penalties.
Dec 21st, 2016
Deborah G. from Farmington, CT signed.
Dec 7th, 2016
Rochelle S. from Redford, MI writes:
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Animals are pets that have feelings same as humans. Animals deserve to be loved, not abused. People that abuse animals should not be allowed to own animal ever again, which a registery for animal cruelty should be allowed just like a sex offender registery is allowed to protect children. Give animals a voice and protect animals like would protect any memeber of family, friend and United States.
Nov 30th, 2016
Heather M. from Crownsville, MD writes:
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There is no negative about passing laws that punish more severely the abusers of animals. Only positive. Respect life.
Nov 25th, 2016
ann k. from Hickory, NC writes:
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Mr President, please, make this compassionate voice be heard, for so many dogs, cats and the like, who go unheard, with the suffering by the hands of evildoers. Please extend the righteousness, that they souch deserve, to make our nation great, we must protect our warriors, as true animals in war, as well as humanistic saviors of emotional, and physical healing, for all peoples. To our veterans, our leaders, and to you, and I graced by the, unconditional love of a animal. Far too long, has this travesty, unacceptable mark of distasteful treatment of abuse animal, gone traunethically, unpunished, in the fullest capacity of the laws!! Please correct the position of the post, as the laws which, are set forth as human abusers!! Laws as mentioned here, above written, with, strength, dignity, and compassion, for truth, please Mr obama or trump hear, their voices** sincerely casper, lilly, lolita!!
Nov 18th, 2016
Jeffrey H. from Anderson, IN signed.

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