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Hawai‘i in Doghouse for Animal Abuse

State of Hawai‘i needs to start taking animal cruelty prevention seriously.

December 31, 2009
Commentary contributed by Amy Skylark Elizabeth · PETA

 

Why is Hawai‘i in the doghouse when it comes to animal abuse? According to the ALDF, which also named Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi and North Dakota amongst the worst, “legislative weaknesses seen in these states include severely restricted or absent felony animal cruelty provisions, inadequate animal fighting provisions, and lack of restrictions on the future ownership of animals for those convicted of cruelty to animals.”

It’s time for Hawai‘i to start taking cruelty to animals seriously—for the safety of both animals and humans. Studies show people who abuse animals are just getting warmed up.

In three surveys of women’s shelters in Wisconsin and Utah, 74 percent of women living with companion animals reported that an animal had been threatened, injured or killed by their abuser.

A study conducted by Northeastern University and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found that people who abuse animals are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against humans.

Animals cannot vote, but those who love and care about them certainly can. Please encourage lawmakers in your beautiful state to work to adopt and enforce stronger laws that protect animals and punish abusers. After all, laws that protect animals protect everyone.

For more information, please visit www.HelpingAnimals.com

 
 
 

 

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