Tell Congress to add protections for domestic animals to the Animal Welfare Act.
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The Animal Welfare Act is designed to protect animals from
mistreatment. But it doesn't cover an individual's abuse of
domestic animals -- a crime that too often is not taken
David Ramsey, who beat and killed his dachshund puppy Junior,
was convicted of aggravated animal cruelty, a felony, but given
only a four-month jail sentence by a New York judge.
Crimes like Ramsey's are correlated with other serious
offenses: for example, there is a strong link between abusing
animals and committing domestic violence. This is Ramsey's
second animal cruelty conviction, and upon hearing his sentence
he reportedly just shrugged it off. In four U.S. states, animal
cruelty carries no possible felony sentence; so his crime would
have been considered only a misdemeanor in those states.
Tell the U.S. Congress to add on to the Animal Welfare Act to
protect domestic animals from individual acts of abuse. Animal
cruelty should have a possible felony conviction in all 50
states; a minimum sentence for such abuse should be set; and
individuals convicted of these crimes should not be allowed to
Thank you for everything you do for animals!