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For the last decade, the Animal Legal Defense Fund [1] has placed Kentucky at the bottom of its list of Animal Protection Laws Rankings, making it the worst state for animal rights in the entire United States. Despite the dubious honor, state regulators seem unwilling to put protections in place. Apart from inadequately defining standards of care, the state lets those who neglect or abandon animals off without a felony, and won't restrict those offenders from owning animals in the future. Animal fighting laws are not specifically defined, and veterinarians in Kentucky are prohibited from reporting animal cruelty or signs of fighting.

It's the sad truth that the state best known for its horses does so little to protect them.

All told, the plight of an animal in the Bluegrass State is far from hopeful. Ironically, one of the United States most successful models borders Kentucky to the east. Illinois, according to the American Veterinarian [2], connects all types of animal neglect, abuse, fighting, sexual assault, abandonment or other mistreatment to felony charges. And, unlike Kentucky, the laws apply to a majority of animals, not just domesticated pets.

Those found guilty of killing animals in Kentucky often face no more than a fine, with a maximum 5 years behind bars for the most heinous crimes. Abuse cases are treated with much less interest, only warranting a misdemeanor.

Global Animal [3] reports that more than half of American states and territories have improved their oversight of animal protection, but Kentucky refuses to budge. As neighboring states and civilized countries around the world are redoubling their consideration for animals, Kentucky remains mired in an outmoded complacency that promotes a cycle of suffering and abuse.

The sustained ignorance of animal rights in the Commonwealth of Kentucky is being reinforced by those in its capital city, and it's time they were sent a message. Sign to tell the Kentucky Departments of Agriculture and Fish & Wildlife, and Governor of Kentucky that animal protections need to be improved in Kentucky immediately, and stricter penalties enforced against those who hurt any animals!

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Dear Kentucky Departments of Agriculture and Fish & Wildlife, and Governor Matt Bevin,

It is sad to see a state so well known for its beautiful horses lack any substantial protections for their safety.

For the tenth year in a row, Kentucky has failed to improve its meager considerations for animal rights in the form of any reasonable legislation, despite other states, and countries around the world, showing successful models.

Bordering Kentucky to the Northeast, Illinois connects all types of animal neglect, abuse, fighting, sexual assault, abandonment or other mistreatment to felony charges. And, unlike Kentucky, the laws apply to a majority of animals, not just domesticated cats and dogs.

Apart from properly defining standards of care, Kentucky needs to strengthen the penalties for those who neglect or abandon animals, and restrict those offenders from owning animals in the future. Animal fighting laws should also be specifically defined, and all veterinarians in the state allowed to report signs of animal cruelty or fighting.

There are many other rules Kentucky could establish to protect its animals properly, but these are a good start. I implore you to take action immediately, and adopt these laws as a matter of common decency.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed) Animals have a right to live a life as well as as those of humans. Are you too busy, blind, or just don't care to protect them? Wake up!!!
May 22, 2018 socorro elias
May 22, 2018 Christine Earley
May 22, 2018 Nancy Smikle Do something - NOW!
May 22, 2018 Nadine Roddy
May 22, 2018 Michelle Hansen
May 22, 2018 Deanne O'Donnell
May 22, 2018 DeDe O'Donnell
May 22, 2018 Mark Vargo
May 22, 2018 Barbara Robertson
May 22, 2018 Krista Sanders
May 22, 2018 Lisa Wilborn
May 22, 2018 kiki stachtidou
May 22, 2018 Kelly Hageman
May 22, 2018 Manuela Mintemur
May 22, 2018 Tonnie Casey
May 22, 2018 Alex Alvarez
May 22, 2018 beyssa buil
May 22, 2018 Ann Schmitt
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 Arlene Marvonek
May 22, 2018 Morena Pichardo
May 22, 2018 Lori Lowery This is wrong on so many levels !!
May 22, 2018 MIRYAM Garcia
May 22, 2018 Anna Friedmab
May 22, 2018 Debra McWhirter
May 22, 2018 Amy Dv
May 22, 2018 Linda Bouwman Beautiful state. Please take care of your animals!
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed) I am ashamed to say that I am a member of this awful human race
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 Judith Rasor All animals, especially those beautiful horses, should have rights against people abusing and treating them cruelly. Get with it Kentucky!! Or you won't be know for any more races, but just how you kill the horses that lose!!
May 22, 2018 Courtney Bisinger
May 22, 2018 Elsie Wilmoth
May 22, 2018 Lynne Gordon-Watson
May 22, 2018 susan bonney WHAT A SHAME THAT SUCH A BEAUTIFUL STATE HAS SUCH AN UGLY CONCERN FOR ANIMALS. GUESS YOU REALLY CANNOT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER
May 22, 2018 Michelle Giordano
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 LINDA HENNING
May 22, 2018 Nancy Pi-Sunyer What a shame such a lovely state has such ugly things going on under the radar. Please open up and let the sun shine on animals in Kentucky. It's past time to update your laws and regulations.
May 22, 2018 Cynthia Kremhelmer
May 22, 2018 Lonie keever
May 22, 2018 Elaine Cheney
May 22, 2018 Nancy Parsons-Borland
May 22, 2018 Kathleen Palimeri
May 22, 2018 Meghan MacDonald
May 22, 2018 Joanne Bunn
May 22, 2018 Colene Flaherty
May 22, 2018 Ana Gutierrez It is sad to see a state so well known for its beautiful horses lack any substantial protections for their safety, adopt these laws as a matter of common decency!
May 22, 2018 Kristy Powell
May 22, 2018 Elinor Carlson Shame on you Kentucky! I'll be spreading the word on your bad reputation.

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