Californians: Tell the State Assembly to Pass SB1024, The Animal Welfare and Violence Intervention Act
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LCA Last Chance for Animals
June 2018


Great news for animals from Sacramento! On May 30th SB-1024, the Animal Welfare and Violence Intervention Act of 2018, passed unanimously in the California Senate. Recognizing the link between violence against animals and violence against humans, this landmark bill will give California judges the power to order mental health evaluations as part of a sentence for animal abuse – in addition to fines and jail time. As this common sense bill heads to the State Assembly, the animals need you to tell your representatives that you expect them to make it law.

  • Call the Assembly Committee on Public Safety at (916) 319-3744 and urge them to vote in favor of SB-1024. FIND CONTACT INFO HERE for each member of the committee.
  • If you live in California, FIND YOUR STATE SENATOR HERE and urge them to support SB-1024.


Mental health experts and law enforcement officials have long understood that those who commit acts of violence toward animals will one day hurt humans. LCA has sounded the alarm on this issue for years. In 2016 the FBI created the National Incident Based Reporting System to track incidents of animal cruelty on a federal level, alongside “Group A” crimes like arson, rape and murder. LCA has worked with state and federal official to ensure that they participate in the database by reporting these crimes. Federal mechanisms like NBIRS [National Incident-Based Reporting System] and state laws like SB-1024 [Animal abuse: responsible animal owner course: mandatory counseling] create strong legal tools to fight animal abuse, and to put those who would commit acts of violence against animals on law enforcement’s radar. [Please also read The FBI Animal Cruelty Database.]

SB-1024 is no-nonsense legislation that will protect animals and humans from violence. In these sad, violent times, Californians need to do everything we can to protect our loved ones – whether they have four legs or two. The Senate Committee for Public Safety is the next stop for SB-1024, and the Committee members need to hear from you.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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