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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


Feb 24, 2018 Pat Halter
Feb 24, 2018 Beverly Schwarz
Feb 24, 2018 Nancy Williams
Feb 24, 2018 Marleen Neus
Feb 24, 2018 Lynne Minore
Feb 24, 2018 Gillian Parker
Feb 23, 2018 Wendy Dalton
Feb 23, 2018 Lanette Rapp
Feb 23, 2018 Stephanie Spiers
Feb 23, 2018 patricia gregory
Feb 23, 2018 Jill Kuch
Feb 23, 2018 anita maldonado
Feb 23, 2018 Kathrine Farley
Feb 23, 2018 kristin sullivan
Feb 23, 2018 JJ Gold
Feb 23, 2018 Cynthia Marzett
Feb 23, 2018 Elissa Gilbert
Feb 23, 2018 Nila Ostapowicz
Feb 23, 2018 Maya Rudik
Feb 23, 2018 Diane Ward
Feb 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2018 LINDA FANCHER
Feb 23, 2018 roberta thornton-howard
Feb 23, 2018 Lori Cheezem
Feb 23, 2018 Wendy Bohrer
Feb 22, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Feb 21, 2018 Sandra Bowerman Kentucky does need to make improvements in the animal welfare & protections laws!! At present, they are as civilized as they should be and could be!! The laws reflect the mentality of the lawmakers!!
Feb 21, 2018 Rochelle Phillips
Feb 21, 2018 Jessica Morrow
Feb 21, 2018 Shirley Cooksley
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 20, 2018 Melanie Blackburn
Feb 20, 2018 Lauren Poole
Feb 20, 2018 Nora Sachs
Feb 20, 2018 Ash Rawal
Feb 20, 2018 nerea herrero
Feb 19, 2018 leigh barry
Feb 19, 2018 Jonathan Ludwig
Feb 19, 2018 Josh Smith
Feb 19, 2018 Sheila Ward
Feb 19, 2018 linda magyar BOYCOTT KENTUCKY UNTIL THIS CHANGES.
Feb 19, 2018 Mireille Baré
Feb 19, 2018 April Johnson
Feb 19, 2018 Kathy Ritchie
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 18, 2018 Maria Arteaga
Feb 18, 2018 Penny Mackenzie
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 John Chambers

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