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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


Aug 16, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 16, 2018 Shea Nace
Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 15, 2018 K Van Loon
Aug 14, 2018 Debra Curci
Aug 14, 2018 Dorothy Szoltyk
Aug 14, 2018 S. Rydel
Aug 13, 2018 S W
Aug 13, 2018 Jamie Pauline
Aug 13, 2018 Terri Robb
Aug 13, 2018 Carol Edgerton
Aug 13, 2018 Suzy Lowe
Aug 13, 2018 Jenny Pruim
Aug 13, 2018 Rosemary Lojo
Aug 13, 2018 Karen Wahlen
Aug 13, 2018 Elaine Coburn
Aug 13, 2018 Ingrid Heckl
Aug 13, 2018 JOANNA TWIGG
Aug 13, 2018 Robin Shepard
Aug 13, 2018 Tammy Gregg
Aug 13, 2018 Heather Alexander
Aug 13, 2018 Sharon walsh
Aug 13, 2018 Kim Welch Please stop animal abuse. What you do to these animals will happen to the abuser. Its the law of sowing and reaping. Abusers should not be surprised . Kentucky should be ashamed. I refuse to visit, support, & buy any products from Kentucky.
Aug 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 13, 2018 Jeanette Rea
Aug 11, 2018 Nancy Hall As a Kentuckian, I am outraged & humiliatied by Kentucky's dismal record on animal protection, including protection of horses. Stop pandering to political cronies and pass protective FELONY laws NOW, WITH stiff penalties for violations.
Aug 11, 2018 Melissa Owens
Aug 10, 2018 Sandra Thompson
Aug 10, 2018 Laurie Loveman
Aug 10, 2018 graciela somma
Aug 9, 2018 Lale Halimoglu
Aug 8, 2018 Robin VanOstrand
Aug 7, 2018 Douglas Jerry
Aug 7, 2018 Kathryn Carson
Aug 7, 2018 lisa kasper
Aug 6, 2018 Candice Sexton
Aug 6, 2018 Angela Hall
Aug 6, 2018 Carla Miranda
Aug 4, 2018 Johanne Tremblay
Aug 3, 2018 Ann Johnson
Aug 3, 2018 Anita Sutton
Aug 2, 2018 Leanne Keane
Aug 2, 2018 Ann Plimpton
Aug 2, 2018 Michele Lombardo
Aug 2, 2018 Patricia Barrios Horrible state policies on animal welfare!
Aug 1, 2018 Carmen Calleja
Aug 1, 2018 DAN LEON S AND S
Aug 1, 2018 MAX IVANCHUCK SIGNED
Aug 1, 2018 LEON WAGNER SIGNED
Aug 1, 2018 SERGEY IVANOV SIGNED AND SHARED

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