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Stricter Animal Cruelty Laws Needed

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As the American Humane Association once quoted, "Animal cruelty problems are people problems. When animals are abused, people are at risk."

If abusing an animal isn't bad enough, it has been noticed the horrifying connections it has with domestic abuse and influencing a child's development.

The current animal cruelty laws should be made stricter and enforced with harsher consequences. Once an individual is convicted of physically abusing an animal, they should be prohibited from owning a pet forever, not just for a few months or a few years. Children who are responsible for animal abuse should be required to regularly see a psychiatrist so they can learn to handle their problems in a non aggressive manner and so they can properly understand why what they did was wrong and grow to be an empathetic adult. And as for adults that are fully conscious of their actions, they should be charged larger fines and longer imprisonment terms to really discourage abusive behavior before it affects more than just animals.

Really consider what is at stake. There are seriously no disadvantages to creating stricter animal abuse laws. Everyone, not just animals and animal lovers, will see the many benefits to making these changes.

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Public Comments (961)
Jul 23rd at 12:06 am
rowen k. from Fort Lauderdale, FL writes:
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Hurting something that cannot defend itself isn't just wrong, it's cowardly. If you think its okay to harm an innocent creature, then I think its okay for you to be dealt with the same way you hurt them. Gandhi says, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” So how great is America when our furry citizens suffer so terribly?
Jun 12th, 2017
karen m. from Van Nuys, CA signed.
Jun 7th, 2017
michelle T. from Blairsville, PA writes:
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I live in pa and the animal cruelty and neglect laws are horrible. If anyone knows who to contact to make the laws stricter? I have a lady across from my job and when its very hot outside, she leaves her dog tied up all day with no shade. I have reported her but they talk to her and do nothing. These poor dogs have no life. I hope someone can help
Jun 5th, 2017
T H. from Quakertown, PA signed.
May 14th, 2017
Emma L. from Springfield, IL signed.
May 13th, 2017
Carol Ann P. from Paoli, PA writes:
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Animal abusers need harsher consequences. The justice and protection of animals and there merciful and loving treatment must take precedence.
May 11th, 2017
Carol W. from Grand Rapids, MI writes:
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I am really SICK AND TIRED about animal abusers not getting the sentences they deserve. I say give them to me and I will give them the same that they did to an animal and THEN I will sentence them. Please. Anyone listening??? Nothing real is being done to punish these subhumans.
May 3rd, 2017
Mary Beth W. from Sunbury, OH writes:
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For someone to hurt something so innocent and loving it's unthinkable. Animal abuse is truly pure evil. We need to be the voice for those who can't speak. Just because we can't understand them and they can't understand us that does not give anyone the right to hurt them. Is it alright to hurt or torture someone who speaks a different language then you just because you don't understand them? No so how is animal abuse ever okay? It's not and the fact that there is not harsher punishment is truly sickening.
May 2nd, 2017
Courtney T. from Dallas, TX signed.
May 2nd, 2017
Rebeca D. from Garland, TX signed.
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