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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
Nov 6th, 2016
DANIELLE H. from Battle Creek, MI signed.
Nov 2nd, 2016
Someone from Woodbridge, VA writes:
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I know you're not going to do this but it needs to be done
Nov 1st, 2016
Dina from Long Beach, CA writes:
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We need harsher laws against animal cruelty people do it because they think they can get away with it
Nov 1st, 2016
Denise D. from Howell, NJ signed.
Oct 28th, 2016
David C. from Chandler, AZ signed.
Oct 27th, 2016
Camie R. from El Paso, TX signed.
Oct 12th, 2016
Someone from Hockley, TX signed.
Sep 26th, 2016
Someone from Lapeer, MI signed.
Sep 23rd, 2016
Someone from Houston, TX signed.
Sep 16th, 2016
Someone from Placerville, CA signed.
Sep 14th, 2016
Someone from Cadillac, MI writes:
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Please enact this law They don't have a voice Surely we have evolved enough to have laws that hold accountable those that neglect and abuse animals
Sep 14th, 2016
Someone from Cadillac, MI writes:
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Please enact this law They don't have a voice Surely we have evolved enough to have laws that hold accountable those that neglect and abuse animals
Sep 14th, 2016
Someone from Bixby, OK signed.
Sep 13th, 2016
Someone from Seneca, SC signed.
Sep 13th, 2016
Someone from Roscoe, IL signed.
Sep 10th, 2016
Someone from South Dartmouth, MA writes:
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This is a disgrace that people can abuse animals and suffer no consequences. People who post these acts online and Facebook should be charged and immediately put into jail!!!
Sep 8th, 2016
Someone from Shelbyville, KY writes:
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Just because they are animals does not mean they don't feel pain. Just because they are animals should not mean they don't deserve to be protected. The people who abuse/torture animals should be held accountable. Sadly, in most states, the law simply regards these creatures as "PROPERTY" when in fact they are our companions, our confidantes, our therapists- our FRIENDS! They have no voice- they depend on us to protect them! Help us hold those who abuse animals accountable for their actions--BE THEIR VOICE!! "Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." ~Adam Smith
Sep 3rd, 2016
Someone from Huntington Beach, CA signed.
Sep 2nd, 2016
Someone from Beverly, MA writes:
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In the following petition, 9 judges were thanked for maximum sentencing in the cases of abuse, all abuse cases were horrific and some were multiple occurrences. We have people in jail for less aggressive and dangerous crimes and yet these were the maximum sentences. I am alarmed and frightened and ask that more is done to protect the American people against these terrible and dangerous people. We applaud the actions of the following Judges and would like to say ?Thank You? to: 1) State Court Honorable Judge Alvin Wong sentenced Aaron Lewis to the maximum sentence of one-year in prison. Lewis locked his pit bull in a closet and left her to die. The tortured dog has left deep claw marks around the door in an attempt to release herself before dying a slow and agonizing death.Continue reading: Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/pet-rescue-in-national/dekalb-county-man-sentenced-to-prison-after-locking-dog-closet-to-die?CID=examiner_alerts_article#ixzz1rV2UaUeX 2) Honorable Judge Mary Barglund sentenced Nicholas Michael Leisner, 18, and Peter John Sauve, 17 to two to four years in prison for pleading guilty to three counts of torturing/killing an animal for beating three purebred Angus cattle. For more information: Teens get prison for cattle torture - http://bit.ly/I6ZNVx 3) Circuit Judge Honorable David Hansher sentenced Michael Puerling to 6 months in jail for brutally killing a stray cat. Puerling swung the cat by its tail, then smashed the animal into a concrete slab five times, then threw it into a garbage cart. "The cat is a living human animal and doesn't deserve to be basically murdered, which is what happened in this case," Judge Hansher said. Read about it: http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/landlord-sentenced-to-jail-for-killing-cat-5g41vet-138619004.html 4) District Judge Honorable Charles A. Chiapparelli sentenced Ethan Phillip Weibman to 90 days in prison for killing a short-haired cat named Lucy and the beating of another cat named Lola. Both cats were adopted to Weibman. Court documents say Weibman is suspected of having killed five more cats and kittens. For more information: http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/pets/unleashed/bal-cat-killer-gets-jail-time-20120201,0,6692638.story 5) Honorable Judge Frederick R. Hardt sentenced Kelly Mills Gresham of Naples FL, to three years in prison on animal cruelty, battery and weapons possession charges for killing her boyfriends pregnant pit bull. Read about it: http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2012/feb/28/woman-who-shot-killed-boyfriends-dog-gets-3-in/ 6) Sierra County Superior Court Judge Honorable John Kennelly sentenced 19 year old Justin Phillip Lombardo-Barton to 360 days in jail and reinstated probation for deliberately running over Maggie the cattle dog with his Jeep Cherokee. For more information: http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_20020112/extra-jail-time-man-who-ran-over-maggie 7) Circuit Court Judge Hororable James Booras sentenced Elvin Dooley to a 20 month pr
Aug 30th, 2016
Someone from Berne, IN signed.
Aug 30th, 2016
Someone from Fort Wayne, IN signed.
Aug 29th, 2016
Someone from Annapolis, MD signed.
Aug 29th, 2016
Someone from Dallas, TX writes:
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Anyone that could hurt an innocent animal is clearly psychopathic and is not a safe person in society. This shouldn't even be an argument, all life is precious!
Aug 27th, 2016
Someone from Gold Beach, OR signed.
Aug 27th, 2016
Someone from Austin, TX signed.
Aug 26th, 2016
Someone from Chandler, AZ signed.
Aug 26th, 2016
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Aug 25th, 2016
Someone from Dallas, TX signed.
Aug 24th, 2016
Someone from Aurora, CO signed.
Aug 24th, 2016
Someone from Middlebury, CT writes:
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recently viewed a dog that was beat by a baseball bat and wanted to affect change by making my voice heard.
Aug 22nd, 2016
Someone from Tyler, TX signed.
Aug 22nd, 2016
Someone from Indianapolis, IN signed.
Aug 22nd, 2016
Someone from Indianapolis, IN signed.
Aug 21st, 2016
Someone from Dallas, TX signed.
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Someone from Las Vegas, NV signed.
Aug 21st, 2016
Someone from Dillsburg, PA signed.
Aug 20th, 2016
Someone from Fayetteville, NC signed.
Aug 19th, 2016
Someone from Wyandotte, MI writes:
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I fully agree that laws need to become much harsher for people who abuse animals. Myself, I am a dog lover, and if someone was to try to hurt my dog I take that as serious as someone trying to hurt a member of my family. I am sick and tired of seeing the disgusting treatment of animals, to me, someone being cruel to an animal has deep issues and shows signs of having no heart and ability to be able to do the same to a person. The hammer needs to be put down on these creeps, not just a fine or community service, but hard time.
Aug 19th, 2016
Someone from Port Saint Lucie, FL signed.
Aug 18th, 2016
Someone from Westmont, IL signed.

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