#Animal Rights
The State
United States of America

There has always been love for animals. When I learned about what little consequences there were for animal abuse and neglect, I decided that it was best to take action. Most animal neglect cases are only misdemeanors and people rarely see an institution or pay a high price for their crimes.

Animal abuse, abandonment, and lack of help are too common in our world, and this will help assist those who cannot help themselves. Most people who have pets know that they are wonderful companions, and that they will continue to be as long as they are cared for. Additionally, many people do not think about how unfortunate it is when an animal does not have a home. Immanuel Kant once said, "He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men... We can judge the heart of a man by his dealings with animals." Anyone who would harm or neglect an animal most likely would harm or neglect a human too. A way to help prevent this would be stricter laws against anyone who abuses or neglects an animal. Help to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.

The following laws should be made much more strict against a violator.
§ 353. Overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance.
§ 353-a. Aggravated cruelty to animals.
§ 353-b. Appropriate shelter for dogs left outdoors
* § 353-d. Confinement of companion animals in vehicles: extreme temperatures.
§ 355. Abandonment of animals.
§ 356. Failure to provide proper food and drink to impounded animal.
§ 360. Poisoning or attempting to poison animals.
§ 365. Clipping or cutting the ears of dogs.
§ 601. Leaving scene of injury to certain animals without reporting.

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