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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


Sep 19, 2017 Meghan Croyts
Sep 18, 2017 Vikki Hallen
Sep 18, 2017 Desari Erickson
Sep 18, 2017 Sonja Nielsen
Sep 18, 2017 Sue Bedrick
Sep 17, 2017 sherry compton Shame on you!!!!! Despicable! Animals should be given every protection we can give them!!!!!
Sep 17, 2017 Candy Duncan
Sep 17, 2017 Lacey Velvet
Sep 17, 2017 Maryse SUZANNE
Sep 17, 2017 Donna Tanner
Sep 17, 2017 Geralyn & Michael Frishman
Sep 16, 2017 kathleen michael
Sep 16, 2017 Margrit Simons
Sep 15, 2017 Jacqueline Peter
Sep 14, 2017 Angela Anderson
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Sep 14, 2017 Christine Herdon
Sep 14, 2017 Lauri Moon
Sep 14, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Sep 14, 2017 Liza Ruiz
Sep 14, 2017 DANIJELA VISAK
Sep 14, 2017 Dawn Barber
Sep 13, 2017 Tracy McCardle
Sep 13, 2017 Marlys Young
Sep 13, 2017 Gillian Lee
Sep 13, 2017 lisa fields OMG!! STOP THIS SHIT!!
Sep 13, 2017 Michael Friedmann
Sep 13, 2017 Fiona Wright
Sep 13, 2017 Rebecca Clark
Sep 13, 2017 Deborah Moore
Sep 13, 2017 Attila Teberoglu
Sep 13, 2017 Martha Marcum
Sep 13, 2017 Joan Sitnick
Sep 13, 2017 Jill Johnson
Sep 13, 2017 jackie lewthwaite
Sep 13, 2017 Claire Hazelwood
Sep 13, 2017 Nancy Warner
Sep 13, 2017 Susan Bradshaw
Sep 13, 2017 Barbara Warner
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Sep 13, 2017 Martha Kozik
Sep 12, 2017 Val Simmons
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Sep 11, 2017 Theresa Meade
Sep 11, 2017 cali cheshelski
Sep 11, 2017 drue cali
Sep 10, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Sep 10, 2017 Barbara Smolinski as a great man once saıd What you fırst tame You are forever responsıble for!!!!!
Sep 10, 2017 Sharon Kirk
Sep 10, 2017 Trixie Santos

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