In 2009, Arkansas took a significant leap forward by establishing a new anti-cruelty law, making it the 46th with felony-level penalties for malicious acts of cruelty. Now, this law is endangered by the introduction of two new bills that propose to both criminalize and fine individuals and organizations for investigating, assisting or intervening in any incident involving animal abuse or neglect (SB13) or knowingly document any instance of negligent or abusive practice within the livestock & poultry industry (SB14). We need YOUR help in making it known that these insidious bills only serve to perpetuate the cycle of horror animal abusers perpetrate and to give the state's livestock and poultry industry zero accountability or transparency.
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Dear Senators Hutchinson, Thompson, Stubblefield, English, Williams, Ingram, Woods and King:
I respectfully request that you abandon bills SB13 & SB14 - currently appearing on the Senate Judiciary Committee Agenda.
In 2009, Arkansas took a significant leap forward by establishing a new anti-cruelty law, making it the 46th with felony-level penalties for malicious acts of cruelty. SB13 - PROVIDING LEGAL PROTECTION TO ANIMAL OWNERS AND THEIR ANIMALS AND TO ENSURE THAT ONLY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES INVESTIGATE CHARGES OF ANIMAL CRUELTY & SB14 CREATING THE OFFENSE OF INTERFERENCE WITH A LIVESTOCK OR POULTRY OPERATION. SB13 serves only to further protect animal abusers, hoarders or other perpetrators of animal neglect. SB14 - an anti-whistleblower bill - will further create a lack of accountability on the part of AR's livestock and poultry industry, further opening the door for abusive and or negligent practices, a lack of transparency between the food industry and the consumers that are dependent on it.
I respectfully object to these bills and urge you to abandon them!
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