- Barack ObamaThe President of the United States of America
The President of The United States: Strict laws for animal abuse and cruelty
Crimes against animals are ever increasing. Our laws need to be revisted, made stronger. Animals ARE our children they are defensless and voiceless, we need to be that voice.
- The President of the United States of America
As you know, the United States of America has some of the oldest animal cruelty laws in the developed world. It was first enacted in 1892 and remains virtually unchanged since then. Loopholes continue to prevent the prosecution of many serious animal abusers. The U.S needs laws for the 21st century, not the 19th century.
Animal cruelty is a grave form of violence that must be addressed. It is also a form of violence that is recognized in reams of authoritative, academic research as a precursor to violence against humans. Why is the United States government unable or unwilling to grasp this? We need laws that take heinous crimes against animals seriously.
A bill that would make the necessary changes to our ever present and dated animal cruelty laws that have been batted around by our government for the past decade and at one time had the support of all parties as well as animal protection groups, animal use industries and veterinarians. As an AMERICAN who cares about animals, I’m asking you to learn the facts about our animal cruelty laws and bring forward amendments that will properly protect all animals from cruelty and abuse, while safeguarding important heritage activities including farming, hunting and fishing.
I ask you to think of all the animals that have been starved to death, burned in microwaves, beaten, bound and dragged behind cars. They need a law that will protect them from such heinous acts of cruelty. Please, don’t sweep this under the rug any more. There is no point increasing penalties when so many serious abusers can’t even be prosecuted, let alone convicted. Our government must stop playing politics with living creatures!
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