Petition for Stricter Pet Protection Laws
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In October 2016, two kittens were used as bait for a dog fight. Their legs were tied up so they couldn't run away and so the dogs could learn to fight and not be harmed. Despite the veterinarian’s best efforts, one of these kittens had to be euthanized because of her injuries.
We need to give animals that are kept as pets the protections they deserve and obtain support from the government to achieve this. Pets need to have stricter protection laws. Harsher laws need to be enacted to punish those who intentionally abuse, neglect, or abandon animals.
Our legal system does very little to punish people for harming these defenseless animals. A change needs to take place to help protect pets that can’t defend themselves. An example of a very poor law is, what happens in Virginia when someone is convicted for abandoning a dog. Well, it is classified as “highway littering” with a fine of $250 to $2500 or imprisonment of up to 12 months. But the sentence can be suspended if the defendant offers to remove litter from the highway. Abandoning a live animal is classified as littering. That's what our legal system thinks of our beloved pets, they are equivalent to trash.
Some animals can't experience the life they were meant to have because they are stuck in factories where they are prodded with needles and experimental products. Those animals don't get a choice, they are picked for these experiments at an early age and don't know any other life. According to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), “U.S. law allows animals to be burned, shocked, poisoned, isolated, starved, drowned, addicted to drugs, and brain-damaged.” Pain-killers aren't event required. Your lipsticks and shampoos are also tested on these animals. Every year, over 100,000 million animals are killed in this manner. But that doesn't have to be the case. There are alternatives to testing on animals, such as tests that use human tissue and cells or computers that can simulate human biology. Also, animals can have different reactions than humans which doesn’t makes this testing ideal. Animal testing, if essential, needs to be performed in the most humane manner possible. Otherwise, it should be eliminated and alternative methods should be identified and used.
If you purchased your dog from a pet store, they were probably bred at a puppy mill. Puppy mills are horrible practices that breed puppies in unsanitary and overcrowded conditions. Mother dogs are bred as frequently as possible, then killed when they can no longer reproduce. Puppies are kept in wire cages which hurt the puppies’ paws, and most of the time, cages are stacked on top of each other. These dogs receive little to no veterinary care and suffer from many diseases, and emotional problems, such as anxiety. There are dogs and cats dying on the street because there are not enough homes and shelters for them, and then there are puppy mills breeding more dogs and producing over 2 million dogs a year. Puppy mills are only interested in making money off of these animals. Their practices are inhuman and traumatic for animals and this practice needs to end. Puppy mills should be illegal.
A pet is not a piece of property we can neglect and abuse, they are living beings that deserve our love and affection. Please sign this petition and support this movement to gain stricter protection laws for animals. Your voice matters in helping animals gain the protection they deserve.
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