New Mexico has made it again onto a listing of undesirable or dubious distinction. According to The Amarillo Globe News, New Mexico is named “one of the best five states [in which] to be an animal abuser. This unsavory feature of the state of New Mexico was put out in a report by the Animal Legal Defense Fund and published by the Amarillo Globe News on Dec. 17.
The national nonprofit organization, Animal Legal Defense Fund, performs an annual analysis of animal protection laws and statistics. The results are compiled, analyzed and computed. The rankings that are then released and are available to the public.
The report lists the following five states as the top states where animal abusers get off easy:
New Mexico ~ Iowa ~ South Dakota ~ Wyoming ~ Kentucky
The report mentions limitations in each of the top states. In the case of New Mexico, below are the weaknesses listed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund:
- Neglect – NM has inadequate felony provisions for neglect
- Abandonment - NM has no felony provisions for abandonment
- Assault – NM has no provisions on sexual assault
- Animal Abuse and Children – NM has no increased penalties when animal abuse is committed in front of children
- Animal Abuse and Veterinarians – NM has no provisions for veterinarians to report suspected animal abuse
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