New York State Legislature
United States of America

Sadly, animal cruelty is prevalent in society. Something needs to be done.

Currently, in New York State, animal cruelty is considered a violation of the Agriculture and Markets Law. As a result, any penalties for those found guilty of animal cruelty are often minimal. In other words, the punishment does not fit the crime.

If animal cruelty violations were under the auspices of the penal law, it would make it easier for law enforcement to prosecute animal abusers. The punishment would increase significantly for repeat offenders, too.

By having more severe punishment for those convicted of animal cruelty, it will make animal abusers more accountable, should help serve as a deterrent to others, and ultimately help protect animals.

Simply put, there is no excuse for animal abuse. Now is the time to change animal cruelty laws and have animal cruelty violations under the auspices of the penal law.

We, the undersigned, agree with Town of Verona (NY) Councilman, Fritz Scherz, that it is time to change animal cruelty from being a violation of Agriculture and Markets Law to being covered by the penal law.
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