Contact your state legislators today and ask them to support a "First Strike and You're Out" law for those who are convicted of animal neglect or cruelty.
Currently, most states have no mandatory requirements keeping those who are convicted of animal abuse crimes away from animals following their convictions—despite the fact that offenders have demonstrated, through their actions, their utter disregard for the welfare of animals, and that recidivism in some cases can reach 100%.
ALDF’s First Strike and You're Out law provides another tool to help combat animal neglect and cruelty by mandating that those who are convicted of a violation of their state animal protection laws are prohibited from owning or having contact with animals for a set period of time, ranging from five years for a first misdemeanor offense up to the lifetime of the offender following a second felony offense.
Enacting a First Strike and You're Out law in your state will help in the fight against animal neglect and cruelty by keeping offenders away from potential new animal victims. This proposal will also help reduce the huge economic toll which repeat offenders impose on their communities—animal abuse cases can be very costly, often requiring the cooperation of several local agencies.