Happy Sunday everybody! DeDe here!
We’re pretty excited around here. The Animal Cruelty Bill that Jen lobbied for passed the House unanimously on April 17th and passed the Senate unanimously April 28th. The bill now awaits Governor Scott’s signature.
The bill states that a person who commits acts of animal cruelty is to be charged with each individual act. So if you abuse more than one animal, or if you abuse an animal repeatedly, you will be charged for each act of animal abuse.
The bill also allows for those charged with animal fighting to be charged as engaging in racketeering activity under the FL RICO act. That means property related to the fights can be seized.
It makes my heart happy to know that at least one state is moving forward in the area of animal welfare, when I see my former state of Tennessee poised to allow ag-gag to become law.
Most recently, singer Carrie Underwood has called the governor to veto the law. State senator Andy Holt just gave an interview with his local newspaper where he calls her “out in left field” and he tweeted that “I would say that if Carrie Underwood will stick to singing, I’ll stick to lawmaking.”
Andy Holt has consistently voted against animal welfare bills and has even cancelled committee meetings if he knew there were animal welfare advocates sitting in on them.
I have little hope that the governor will veto the bill.
This is why it is so important that each of you do more than SAY you care about animals. It’s is vital that each of us TAKE ACTION to improve animal welfare where you live. Sure, it may mean you have to work side by side with some folks you don’t necessarily agree with. But your failure to do so is, by proxy, supporting those that want to continue to treat animals like property. Do you really think the majority of people in Tennessee agree with this law? I am guessing most of them have no clue what it says.
Have a good week everybody! And take a few minutes to stand up for animals!