because the same people that abuse animals are the ones that abuse helpless babies and elderly. And they need to know there are consequences to their actions. It can only take ONE person to make a difference. There should not have to be 1,000 or 100,000 signatures to get someones attention! Animals were the first creatures on earth, they will outlive us and beyond. We are here to borrow the earth but instead ruining it and some go to the extent of even abusing the animals. Please make harsher penalties for those who do so, they are literally scum of the earth, because they would have to be to do something like this, these are the same people that abuse elderly and babies. THEY SHOULD KNOW THAT THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES! Isn't there someone outhere in office that cares?