Unfortunately, cases of animal cruelty often go overlooked and under-punished in our society. A petition on Care2 states that in the state of Connecticut alone, there were 3,000 cases of animal cruelty between 2005-2010, 80 percent of which were dismissed, and only 18 percent of those accused were convicted.
A plethora of evidence has proven that those who abuse and kill animals are highly likely to abuse and kill people, including children, as well. As the petition states, in seven school shootings between 1997-2001, all perpetrators had previously been found abusing animals. The petition also explains that in families monitored for child abuse, 88 percent of them also had cases of animal abuse in the home; and 71-83 percent of women who entered domestic violence shelters said their abusers also abused or killed their animal companions.
The petition’s author describes a particular case of animal cruelty involving a sweet, affectionate dog named Desmond and his abuser and murderer, Alex Wullaert. Wullaert adopted Desmond as revenge against his ex-girlfriend, the previous owner of Desmond who surrendered him to the shelter. Wullaet proceeded to beat, starve, and ultimately strangle Desmond to death. He was convicted, but his punishment hardly matched the degree of violence of the crimes. He was sentenced to “accelerated rehabilitation” and his record is now clean.
To honor Desmond and help start a change in animal protection laws, Connecticut instated new legislation titled Desmond’s Law, a bill that allows abused animals the right to legal representation in court by volunteer lawyers and law school students, at no cost to the state. They hope that this will increase the rate of convictions and lead to harsher penalties for animal abusers.
The petition’s author is calling on Alabama to join Connecticut in instating legislation similar to Desmond’s Law. Please take a moment to sign this petition addressed to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, voicing your support of this progress toward protecting animals as well as the people who could become the next target of an animal abuser.
Please share this with your network as a reminder that animal abuse is a serious crime and should be reported!
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