HARSHER PENALTIES FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY!
Incidents of animal abuse are growing in epidemic proportions worldwide as of late, as is the outrage for such abuse. It is time for our community as a whole to finally step up and work together in unison to make certain that those who commit these heinous crimes against innocent animals are held accountable for their actions once and for all with real tangible penalties that hurt the offender to the core both criminally and financially. Animal abusers, are just like any other violent criminal offender and should be held accountable for their violent behavior within our society. Unfortunately in many cases animal abusers are not held accountable primarily because an animal is considered property in many states as opposed to a living, breathing, sentient, lovable creature which it is unlike a car or home which would be more consistent as property than a living creature. As soon as that misguided belief system changes so will the laws regarding such matters unless push comes to shove thus forcing long overdue changes within the criminal justice system to commence. Some prosecutors are starting to make these changes in favor of animal safety and most recently a case in my area of Lycoming County Pennsylvania spoke volumes on behalf of animal rights. The incident in question involved two 4 lb tiny dogs that were violently attacked, shot, and run over by an individual that had a history of animal abuse without any convictions whom had claimed that the two tiny dogs had “frightened him and attacked him” causing the man to defend himself as he claimed by shooting the tiny harmless dogs with a 12 gauge shotgun and then running them over with a heavy tractor. After the incident when the man was detained and questioned by local police and SPCA Humane Officers regarding the attack, the man remained unsympathetic or apologetic and stated that he just “wanted to cripple the dogs or chop them up with his tractor” but then decided to “just shoot them and run the dogs over instead”. Fortunately enough the prosecutor in this case was successful in her prosecution of this sick individual and he was sentenced to just about 10 years in state prison for this crime. Most important is the fact that in the prosecutors press statement to the local news media she stated “Animals are our family and not considered just property they are living beings that need a voice”.
Currently, I am in the process of working toward getting much harsher penalties for animal abusers passed into law where I reside in the state of Pennsylvania and luckily this is the best time to do this considering that as of late many pro-animal rights laws are already going into effect within the coming weeks while others are about to be signed or have been just over the past two weeks alone which is a huge step forward by the state lawmakers in favor of saving abused animals. I am also actively supporting various national and international animal rights groups and causes that are dedicated to protecting all animals with the hope of stopping animal abuse and animal abusers dead in their tracks once and for all. Fortunately, I am not alone in this struggle, and wholeheartedly support various organizations that are also dedicated to the same end game and goal as I am, quelling animal abuse at the root and foundation. It is clear that the absolute only way to do this is to ensure that stricter laws are immediately passed at the legislative levels that protect animals worldwide and put away their abusers for a LONG, LONG, TIME! I cannot even tell you how disturbing it is to see and hear a defenseless creature being brutalized by a cowardly attacker. I’ve witnessed even the most passive of people become enraged while witnessing an instance of animal abuse and cruelty and that even included a well respected priest on one occasion whom intervened in a case of animal abuse regarding a dog that was being savagely attacked in the streets of New York City by a man several years ago. To my surprise the priest actually got angry and physical with the man over the matter and ended up knocking the attacker to the ground as the priest stepped in to protect the cowering and beaten dog. Simply ask any animal lover what their opinion is on witnessing acts of animal abuse and cruel behavior and many will tell you first hand that witnessing such an act can bring one to tears as well as get their blood boiling like an active volcano about ready to blow.
Anyone that knows me personally, especially those that have known me for many years, know for a fact that I have been an avid animal lover my entire life and a very strong advocate for animal rights and safety across the board. I have rescued numerous dogs and cats over the years, many of which had become my family members and currently I have four dogs all of which are rescue dogs that were either abused, neglected, or discarded in some fashion by their previous owners. I do not hunt or fish, nor do I support hunting or fishing of any kind overall even though I reside in a state where hunting and fishing is in abundance and supported. With that being said however, I do understand that a good portion of humanity absolutely need to hunt and fish in order to stay alive or feed their families in certain areas such as in Alaska for example. Recently I have been watching several shows on Alaska and it seemed to me from what I had seen that the majority of people that live in Alaska usually survive off of fresh fish and wildlife that they catch and hunt for in the fall which carries them over during the severely harsh winter months of the arctic north. In that respect one thing had come to mind for me to consider was the fact that many of these hunted animals are not hunted for fun or sport like they are where I live in Pennsylvania they are hunted for survival and in fact will actually die from starvation or by freezing to death in most cases unless they are hunted and often will suffer for days or weeks in the freezing cold with the inevitable taking place anyway. It made me ponder for a few moments and brought into question the complexities of the issue. Although I was in conflict at heart I had to admit that respectively I would have to say that I would much rather see an animal killed swiftly as was the case I was watching on television as opposed to knowing that the poor animal in question would be suffering long-term in the brutal cold and dying from starvation or exposure. Granted, If I lived in a certain area such as Alaska and absolutely needed to hunt or fish to stay alive or feed my family I to would probably hunt and fish as well. But until that day comes, I’m very content not to hunt or fish and still remain firmly against it especially if it is for fun or sport so some shithead can crouch down and take a photo of themselves next to an innocent animal as a photo-op of false bravery. Interestingly enough, I do know the basics of how to hunt and fish, I learned that in the Boy Scouts and through survival training elsewhere and I do believe that everyone should have the basic knowledge and skill of hunting and fishing stored away as a survival tool that when needed can be called upon in order to survive if placed into a position where those tools are necessary for self-preservation. That would be no different than having the knowledge or ability to start a fire in the woods using two sticks and some dry bark as opposed to becoming an arsonist for laughs and burning down buildings for sport.
Recently, Joaquin Phoenix did a PSA video for PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) a group that I support titled; “Joaquin Phoenix Gasps For Air”. In this PSA, Phoenix appears to legitimately panic underwater as he holds his breath and his voice-over asks the watchers to relate to how a fish will die out of water due to suffocation just as a human will die from suffocation in the water. As part of the PSA, Phoenix recalled a time when he was a child about 7 years old and had gone on a fishing trip with his family on a boat. He remembered witnessing a relative of his catch a large fish and subsequently smashing the catch against the inside of the boat wall as the fish struggled to breath and survive. Eventually the fish died in front of his eyes and the story was somewhat moving and relatable especially if one is a firm supporter of animal rights like myself and does not fish. The Joaquin Phoenix PSA PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) video “Joaquin Phoenix Gasps For Air” can be seen in the following link below.
The bottom-line is in a perfect world any convicted animal abuser should never be able to own or be around animals again for as long as they live just like any convicted child abusers or predators are banned from being around children for life. Any new animal abuse or cruelty laws that are passed in the future should be just as powerful if not parallel those of repetitive sex offenders that target children as is the case of Megan’s Law. Fundamentally any and all convicted animal abusers should have to register within their community as such so that everyone around them that owns an animal is aware that their pets may very well may be at risk. Michigan is way ahead of it’s time and is in need of an animal abuser registry which if passed and looks very promising under SHB’s 5403 and 5402 would create a registry of all convicted animal abusers state-wide including their photo’s, names, alias, and addresses all of which would be made public via-a state run website. This is the perfect bill and needs to go nationwide. Like the saying goes in a spooky voice, “Do you know who is lurking in your backyard?”
Well take a look at some of the people who are lurking in my backyard as reported just recently regarding violent attacks on innocent animals for fun and hatred near where I reside.
Ax killing of dogs gets man up to 10 years in prison
A Susquehanna Township man will spend up to 10 years in state prison for killing two family dogs with an ax on Aug. 24.
Frederick L. Clark, 36, of 67 Second Ave., was drinking on a Friday evening when he and his wife had a quarrel. He became violent, and his frightened wife and three children ran to a neighbor’s home.
By the time state troopers investigated the domestic incident the next day, Clark sent several text messages to his wife telling her he had killed her dogs, dachshund-pit bull mixes named Buster and Sita. He buried the bodies in his backyard.
Clark admitted to investigators he had killed and buried the dogs, but initially claimed he killed them with his hands.
On Tuesday morning, Judge Richard Gray sentenced Clark to 22 months to five years state incarceration for two misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty.
“We asked for a deadly weapon enhancement and it was granted by Judge Gray,” said Assistant District Attorney Melissa Kalaus.
Clark was on probation from a previous DUI charge, and the violation added a minimum of one up to five years to the sentence.
At sentencing, Kalaus read a piece entitled “If Your Dog Could Talk,” that included the line “treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for your kindness than mine.”
Clark’s children made a memorial slideshow for their pets that included pictures of the balloon release they held when they reburied the two pets together. Kalaus showed the slideshow to the judge on DVD.
12 dogs saved from alleged animal abuse
December 8, 2012
By SAVANNAH DEMPSEY – firstname.lastname@example.org , Williamsport Sun-Gazette
Local couple have 1st day in court on animal abuse charges
March 13, 2012
By SAVANNAH M. BARR (email@example.com) , Williamsport Sun-Gazette
Couple to be cited for animal neglect
Man allegedly shot dog after thinking husky was a coyote
March 4, 2013
SALLADASBURG – A Hershey man faces a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals for allegedly shooting a Siberian husky on private property while hunting along Hughes Road, Brookside, in Cogan House Township, in late December, according to Lawrence D. Woltz, a humane officer for the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Gerald Edward Laudermilch Jr., 39, is accused of shooting the dog in a field on Dec. 29, Woltz said. The dog, owned by Richard and Julie Emert, of Hughes Road, was treated at the Animal Emergency Center in Watsontown.
Laudermilch, who told Woltz he thought he was shooting “a coyote,” has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge James H. Sortman.
In fact the abuse of animals in Pennsylvania has become so bad as of late that The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA) has set up a toll free 24 hr animal abuse hotline to help stop the abuse and charge abusers criminally. Executive Director Howard Nelson says the hot line officially opened last Friday, but calls were already being taken a week prior. The toll free number is 866-601-SPCA. The Philadelphia-based society has six satellite offices around the state, along with 14 agents who can enforce cruelty laws. So if you know of any animal abuser please feel free to report them here if they are operating in the state of Pennsylvania.
Also Pennsylvania has a large Puppy Mill underground that illegally breeds animals in harsh conditions without any concern for the animals that are being abused and mistreated. Many of the illegally bred animals are then sold online without any proper certifications or medical backgrounds done on the poor animals. That to is about to change. According to the ASPCA a new Puppy Mill Law is going into effect that will establish greater Federal oversight of these mills as well as online dog sales.
The Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act would require commercial breeders who sell their puppies directly to the public, sight unseen, including via the web, to be licensed and inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Currently, only breeders who sell dogs to pet stores or to puppy brokers are subject to federal oversight.
Many puppies sold online come from puppy mills and are commonly bred in unsanitary, overcrowded and often cruel conditions without sufficient veterinary care, food, water or socialization. While facilities that breed puppies for commercial resale through pet stores are required to be licensed and inspected, breeders who sell directly to consumers, via the Internet, newspaper classifieds or other outlets, are exempt from any federal oversight.
“As the ASPCA has seen firsthand, the photos of happy, healthy puppies posted on a breeder’s website often grossly misrepresent what conditions are really like for these puppies and their parents,” says Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations. “Puppy mills are able to completely evade federal oversight by taking advantage of a pre-Internet loophole in current law, but the PUPS Act would change that.”
As mentioned in USA Today, the PUPS Act will require that any breeder who sells more than 50 dogs each year to pet stores or online must meet federal standards.
“The current loophole has allowed too many dog breeders to get away with abusive behavior for far too long,” adds Cori Menkin, Senior Director of the ASPCA’s Puppy Mill Campaign. “We encourage Congress and the USDA to take meaningful steps to protect dogs in commercial breeding facilities.”
To learn more about the ASPCA’s efforts to eradicate puppy mills, and how you can help, please visit www.nopetstorepuppies.com.
Also Pennsylvania has also passed into law SB 1329 (aka-Daniel’s Law) which ends gassing of animals in the state. The bill would outlaw the gassing of cats and dogs with carbon monoxide, a crude means of euthanization method that is still used by a number of shelters throughout the state. The bill will require veterinarians, animal shelters, and humane society organizations to disclose the method of euthanization that they employ.
Recently Actor James Cromwell was arrested for attempting to stop animal abuse and torture under the false guise of “medical research” at the University of Wisconsin where he helped to expose the torture of cats specifically. I’m also completely against any medical research involving animals and in fact if you look at the current research and data on the subject there is absolutely no need or logical reason whatsoever to use live animals anymore of any kind in medical research, especially if that research involves human related medical research. In fact, any medical advancements we have obtained already to date has peeked and if need be for whatever reason there actually is an abundance of fresh human and human biological samples that can be used for research that has been in cold storage for sometime. In addition to the cold storage materials, researchers today have readily available fresh human samples donated by individuals that are ill or have died whom have voluntarily donated their bodies to medical research and science thus providing us with enough raw materials to conduct medical research for at least the next 200 years. Medical research on animals is already defined as the willful and intentional abuse of animals and needs to be abolished immediately.
Like millions, I’m a firm believer that an animal abuser should be exposed to the same exact tortures and torments that they had exposed the animals they abused to. They should suffer for the same amount of time if not longer than the time it has taken them to abuse of the animals they had tortured. The other alternative which I also support like millions do in addition to harsher criminal and civil penalties would even include DEATH by firing squad or electric chair on public television to repetitive animal abusers whom have long histories of abuse and convictions. In fact, they should have a 24 hour all access cable channel available where they would show animal abusers facing the same tortures they brought onto innocent animals. If that don’t send a clear message nothing will and a daily look at the news clearly establishes that our animals are being tortured and killed in a trend that appears to be almost completely out of control. No animal is immune from such callous attacks and are targeted by individuals who derive some sort of thrill from inflicting pain on an innocent creature. Despite the increasingly violent and sadistic nature of these attacks and the public’s growing disgust, offenders if caught can expect little more than a slap on the wrist if they are even charged at all but gladly that is now changing. To keep allowing such cruel and sadistic behavior to go unpunished is not only morally reprehensible, it may very well have dire consequences when at some point these offenders turn their particular brand of rage and fury on the rest of us like they have done in the past all of which has been statistically documented for well over 30 years now and even on record with many established animal rescue agencies such as the ASPCA and law enforcement agencies including the FBI. The direct relationship between animal abuse and violent crime has been recognized by the FBI since at least the early 1970s. In fact many of the world’s most notorious killers have long histories of animal abuse; Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, David Berkowitz, Edmund Kemper and Albert DeSalvo better known as the Boston Strangler were all fond of torturing animals for years before moving onto people. In Australia murderers such as Paul Denyer, Robert Barrett and Ivan Milat are known to have tortured animals long before they started killing people and even continued when they were killing people. What greater motivation do our legislators and Courts need to treat animal cruelty with the utmost seriousness? Simply cautioning offenders is not good enough and DOES NOT WORK! In the United States of America, there has been a growing trend towards toughening laws to make animal cruelty a felony rather than only a misdemeanor and that is a solid step in the right direction. Penalties for individuals who engage in deliberate animal cruelty have been increased, dramatically in some states and needs to progress further in many others. England has similarly strengthened its animal welfare laws but in Australia we continue to treat these heinous crimes as minor offences not worthy of lengthy custodial sentences despite profilers and psychologists telling us that one of the strongest precursors to violent crime including murder is a history of animal abuse. THE EVIDENCE IS THERE FOLKS! Tough penalties including incarceration must be handed down for serious animal abuse cases and animal abusers need to be treated with the same dignity they treated the animals they abused with NONE!
In a perfect world I would like to believe that most people would go above and beyond all boundaries and obstacles to help take care of an innocent animal if called upon expecting nothing in return. Unfortunately “greed” is part of human nature especially when it comes to animals and that tends to put a rather large dent in what I would like to believe and what I see in reality on a daily basis. Respectively the same can be said when one takes on the lifelong responsibility of taking in a family pet and far too many times a pet is adopted by an individual or individuals that should never ever be around any animals. Unfortunately in cases like that those animals usually end up being abused or neglected repeatedly and even killed as a direct result of the said abuse and neglect which may actually take place over a long period of time. Most often the animal suffers greatly on a daily basis and is beaten, chained up, exposed to the elements, denied food, water, shelter, and medical care resulting in the slow death of the animal. That abuse and behavior quickly diminishes and destroys the poor creature spiritually, mentally, and physically to the point where they are nothing more than the broken shell of the loveable being they once were all while building up the moral and spirit of the abuser who is usually a weak pathetic person with a long history of similar abuse to animals and people. I also explained to several people in a number of pet care discussions that to neglect or abuse a pet or any animal for that matter shows that not only does the abuser have no heart but that they have no soul as well and are nothing more than an empty black abyss of nothingness and hate.
ANIMAL ABUSE: IF YOU SEE IT OR KNOW WHERE IT IS GOING ON REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY!
In closing, to allow such cruel and sadistic behavior to keep going unpunished is reprehensible, animals feel, suffer, and love and the truth about their abuse should be exposed WORLDWIDE and if you see or know about animal abuse report it immediately to the local authorities or animal rights groups and organizations and provide as much information as you can on the offender so that they can be properly prosecuted. When we protect our animals, we are also protecting our society against violence and just may save some innocent person or animal’s life down the road. Compassion for animals is not just for sentimental reasons; it makes perfect sense and should be the normal way of life for a respectable and responsible human being. Animals are connected to people on so many levels and are incredibly just like humans it is almost unbelievable. What happens to them happens to us, what we feel they feel and the list goes on. More often than not cases of animal abuse and torture don’t even reach the courts but the few that do demonstrate our judicial system’s initial failure to treat animal abuse as a serious offense but again that is changing. Magistrates and judges can impose jail terms of up to 5 years in some cases but it is extremely rare for a custodial sentence to be handed down in an animal abuse case and what we need to do is get more animal loving prosecutors to become judges and inflict the harshest of sentences especially on those that have a long track record of animal abuse spanning years which is actually happening now in many jurisdictions including where I reside. Despite extensive evidence linking cruelty to animals to serious violent offences against children and people, the judiciary system continues to treat such crimes as largely trivial matters and often civil matters as well.
Some Recent Causes That I Support:
Daniel’s Law: Recently Pennsylvania has voted in favor of Daniel’s Law to ban all gassing of dogs and cats in the state.
Save America’s Wolves.
Save The Wolves Foundation
Saving America’s Wild Horses.
War on Wyoming Wolves.
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