Animal abusers are too often not punished severely enough for their crimes. Animals don’t deserve the cruelty that humans put them through. A teacher who fed a live puppy to a snapping turtle did not face any consequences. A woman who left a puppy to die a slow, painful death was only fined a couple hundred dollars. The YouTuber who was recently seen on video hitting her dog also isn’t facing any consequences. Currently, animals are still legally considered property, so animal abuse is not considered a violent crime.

It’s terrible enough that we have to petition for animal abuse to be made a felony, but it gets worse… People convicted of animal cruelty can still work with animals in shelters, humane societies, or pounds.

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Last year, the New York State Senate passed Bill S2937 which “prohibits persons who have been convicted of animal cruelty from working at an animal shelter.” The bill still has not passed the Assembly to be delivered to the governor, so it’s not yet a law, but the truth is that we need a nationwide bill like this.

Animal abusers should never be able to work with animals, anywhere. They have proven that they are dangerous to animals, and studies show that people who are cruel to animals are likely to be violent to humans. Therefore, they are dangerous in general, but they should especially not be granted access and proximity to vulnerable animals.

If you agree, sign this petition calling on the U.S. Congress to pass a law making it illegal for a known animal abuser to ever work with animals.

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