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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 22, 2018 Carolina Costa
Jun 22, 2018 Donna Jack
Jun 22, 2018 Barbara Bills
Jun 22, 2018 Denise Hughes
Jun 22, 2018 Marybeth Comstock
Jun 22, 2018 Viviann Harvey DO THE RIGHT THING for ALL ANIMALS, KENTUCKY! YOU should be SUED TO THE BONE for YOUR ABUSES of ANIMALS. ACT NOW!
Jun 22, 2018 Carol Graham I’m sick of all animal abuse
Jun 22, 2018 AMELIA GONZALEZ
Jun 22, 2018 Marian Miller I love horses and hate that you are mistreating them. Please stop!!!
Jun 22, 2018 diane grasley
Jun 22, 2018 Kelly Griffiths
Jun 22, 2018 Susan Dolin
Jun 22, 2018 C. Wiens
Jun 22, 2018 Christine Jardine
Jun 22, 2018 Bruno SIMON
Jun 22, 2018 Theo Treffers
Jun 22, 2018 Sandra Zike Save our helpless animals
Jun 22, 2018 Sherry Ochoa-Rounkles
Jun 22, 2018 Yolanda Aguilar This is too sad
Jun 22, 2018 (Name not displayed) Animals life matter too!!! Make stronger laws to defend those poor animals and punish the criminals.
Jun 22, 2018 Arlette SIMON
Jun 22, 2018 Kathleen Ratliff
Jun 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2018 Anne Hill Kentucky is known for it's beauty and its beautiful horses. Please make penalties stiff for neglect or abandoned animals!
Jun 22, 2018 Jillian Voss
Jun 22, 2018 jennifer owens
Jun 22, 2018 Kathleen Downs
Jun 22, 2018 Carol Jones I'm a Kentucky resident.
Jun 22, 2018 APRIL HUTCHINGS
Jun 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2018 Susan Daley Protect Animals Kentucky, ASAP!
Jun 22, 2018 michele thomas
Jun 22, 2018 Janet Nelson Such a beautiful state should be better toward such beautiful animals.
Jun 22, 2018 Kathleen Thiel Damn it all! Kentucky is known for it's fabulous horses but now i hear you also have a horrendous abuse track record....God, please make the law penalties stronger. I beg you. Thank you.
Jun 22, 2018 DOUGLAS BURKE
Jun 22, 2018 Sigrid Decoster
Jun 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2018 Elizabeth Harper
Jun 22, 2018 Stephanie Hall
Jun 22, 2018 Jan Ehl Take care of the horses!
Jun 22, 2018 Sheila Gordon
Jun 22, 2018 Paul Unterriner
Jun 22, 2018 Beth Reprince All have the same feelings as humans, they hurt, are scared, trust, compassion.
Jun 22, 2018 Debbie Brawner
Jun 22, 2018 Pat Cloherty Put pressure on the Governor Matt Bevin!!
Jun 22, 2018 Joyce McConnell Please take action and help these animals. It's the right thing to do.
Jun 22, 2018 Lori Hill
Jun 22, 2018 Chris loucka
Jun 22, 2018 (Name not displayed) Sad conditions for animals in Kentucky. Do something to take action and adopt laws to protect all animals

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