With all of the egregious animal cruelty crimes reported, humane advocates with the help of Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D) Mohawk Valley, N.Y. aim to reintroduce legislation to strengthen punishments for those found guilty of animal cruelty to companion animals states wktv.com.
Assemblyman Brindisi is a co-sponsor of the bill which would move animal cruelty laws from Agriculture Markets Law to Penal Law where law enforcement officers are more familiar with the laws and therefore better to enforce proper penalties.
In a statement by Brindisi, he encourages humane advocates and animal lovers to speak up for Senate sponsorship. In 2012, proposed legislation never progressed. He plans to reintroduce the bill in January, and clarify any problems with the proposed legislation.
The new laws and stricter penalties will not apply to farm animals. Farm animal welfare is under the jurisdiction of N.Y. State Veterinarians and the Department of Agriculture and Markets.
"The problem that we have with the animal cruelty laws is because a lot of them were written a long time ago, some over 50 years ago. Many judges and lawyers just don't consider them real crimes because they're not found in the Penal Law...
The courts and the police understand Penal Law much better than they do Agriculture and Markets Law, so really it's just updating the existing law so the proper penalties can be applied in these kinds of cases."
It's time to provide harsher penalties to protect all companion animals.
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