Animals In Print
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From 18 May 2007 Issue
Help domestic violence victims - and their pets
Would you be able to leave your pets in the hands of someone who you knew might abuse or even kill them?
Victims of domestic violence face this horrible question every day. But thankfully, proposed legislation in California could help these victims protect their pets while they protect themselves. Thank Senator Sheila Kuehl for authoring this critical law!
Here is the reality for battered women with pets:
An estimated 25 to 40 percent of domestic violence victims are unable to escape their abusers because they worry about what will happen to their pets or livestock;
83 percent of directors of the largest shelters for battered women in the U.S. indicated women entering the shelters discussed incidents of pet abuse in the family; and
71 percent of pet-owning women in shelters reported that a pet had been threatened, injured or killed by their abuser.Women seeking to flee an abuser are already frightened for their lives and the lives of their children; they need to know that their pets will be safe as well.
Thankfully, Senator Kuehl understands how important the human–animal bond is. The legislation she authored would include pets in domestic violence protection orders, and is an important step in preventing abusers from using pets to threaten their victims. If passed, California will join the states of Maine, Vermont and New York in leading the charge against domestic violence.
Let Senator Kuehl know you appreciate her efforts to protect victims of domestic violence and the animals they love – sign our petition to say thank you! Sign here: http://go.care2.com/e/R85e/Hocb/zgG
Thank you for taking action today,
Care2 and ThePetitionSite team
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