Increase the Penalty for Animal Cruelty in Ohio Petition
To: Senator David Goodman OHIO
Increase the Penalty for Animal Cruelty
In Support of Senate Bill 221 and House Bill 480
Ohio's animal cruelty law has not been changed since it was enacted in 1875. While other states are taking animal cruelty seriously, Ohio lawmakers have consistently refused to implement a law that punishes animal abusers. The Humane Society of the United States has named Ohio the worst state for pets due to its inadequate animal protection laws.
It is time we all took a stance in defense of those who cannot defend themselves. Animal cruelty is wrong, how we deal with cruelty issues effects us all as a nation. A person who maliciously tortures or mutilates an animal is a threat to everyone in the community. These people are more likely to also perpetrate violence against humans. It is time to say we will not allow this to continue.
We believe these bills go far to make changes in Ohio's 125-year-old anti-cruelty law, labeled the weakest in the nation by the state's own Legislative Service Commission. We agree it is time for Ohio to step into the 21st Century and support Senate Bill 221 and House Bill 480.