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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


Jun 20, 2018 debbie holland
Jun 20, 2018 carol caffrey I'm very upset that this is HAPPENING in my home town ,, they shouldn't treat them baby's that way I'm very very very upset at this they should STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING TO THEM NOW !!!!!!
Jun 20, 2018 Scott Tucker
Jun 20, 2018 Rachel Waniski
Jun 20, 2018 Carla Sousa de Brito
Jun 20, 2018 Marianna Quiles Animals Have The Privilege of Having A Soul. Please Protect Them ALL
Jun 20, 2018 Heather Thomson-Stewart Please protect these beautiful animals better.
Jun 20, 2018 Cyndee Kott
Jun 20, 2018 Lynn Morris
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2018 Suzanne Esaine
Jun 20, 2018 SHERRY MATTOCKS YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED ALL OF YOU
Jun 20, 2018 Jackie McGuire
Jun 20, 2018 Jacqueline Stroud
Jun 20, 2018 Dena Albright
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2018 Susan Jones
Jun 20, 2018 B Liberato
Jun 20, 2018 Kim Olson
Jun 20, 2018 Michelle Granucci
Jun 20, 2018 Jaco van Eck
Jun 20, 2018 Antoinette van Niekerk
Jun 20, 2018 Wilna van Niekerk
Jun 20, 2018 Anto van Niekerk
Jun 20, 2018 Devon Kraft
Jun 20, 2018 Kim Gordon
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2018 Laura Elena Blanca Mendoza
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2018 Penny Dorfman
Jun 20, 2018 Susy Palou
Jun 20, 2018 Selena Prado
Jun 20, 2018 Betty Turtledove
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2018 Cheryl K. Wenberg
Jun 20, 2018 Kathy Hanzek Please treat all those animals better .
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) This is where it is all about the money. People shouldn't go to the races or anything where animals are on display...shame on them. I am a firm believer that whatever harm is done to an animal should be done to the abuser!
Jun 20, 2018 Susan Tilbury Cruelty in any form is unacceptable and inhuman
Jun 20, 2018 Debbie Jonak
Jun 20, 2018 Sarah Barrett
Jun 20, 2018 Kari Pileggi
Jun 20, 2018 Deborah Salivar-Keene
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2018 Dora Pannell
Jun 20, 2018 Kim Webb
Jun 20, 2018 Angela Dunaway
Jun 20, 2018 JoAnne Turpin Kentucky needs to come out of the dark ages and get a handle on the rampant animal abuse this state exhibits; lots of horror stories come from Kentucky. You can do better and your animals deserve better.
Jun 20, 2018 Tina Watkins
Jun 20, 2018 Wendy Lukowitz
Jun 20, 2018 Sharon Moreno

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