August 31, 2010
We need your help. California Assembly Bill 2012 will increase the amount of jail time a judge may issue to a person convicted of animal neglect. This spcaLA-supported bill passed both houses of the California Legislature with large margins and bipartisan support. Governor Schwarzenegger has less than a month to sign this important legislation into state law.
Animal neglect is a form of cruelty that is more common than beatings, dog fighting and acts of torture. Neglect causes extreme, prolonged suffering—sometimes resulting in death—and is just as serious as intentional physical cruelty. AB 2012 would raise that maximum sentence from 6 months to 12 months for animal neglect. This would make the penalty for animal neglect the same as the current penalty for intentional cruelty.
GIVE A VOICE TO THE ANIMALS!
Please be the animals’ voice and contact Governor Schwarzenegger and urge him to sign AB 2012 into law. You can reach his office at (916) 445-2841 or click here to email. Here is a sample statement:
As a California resident, I urge you to sign AB 2012 into law. By doing so, California will send a strong message that failing to provide food, water and shelter for animals is cruelty and worthy of serious punishment.
Thank you for considering my view.
Please join me in making a difference for abused and neglected animals.
President Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles
Lord knows the California prison system has enough problems—but that doesn’t mean animal neglect should go unpunished! We need increased penalties for animal abuse. Besides, after we all vote yes on Prop 19 and stop putting the stoners in jail, they’ll be able to accommodate a few horrible pet owners. I emailed the governator and you should, too!