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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


Jul 17, 2018 Debra Robinson ENOUGH OF THE INHUMAN ABUSE
Jul 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2018 Lucille Decaria
Jul 17, 2018 Petra Hansen
Jul 17, 2018 Erin McCarty
Jul 17, 2018 Phillippa Hilsden
Jul 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2018 Amy Pfaffman
Jul 17, 2018 Eliza Johnson
Jul 17, 2018 sharon porter
Jul 17, 2018 Kathy Miller
Jul 17, 2018 susan barta
Jul 17, 2018 Richard Cassley
Jul 17, 2018 Voletta Chavis
Jul 17, 2018 Margaret Hurley
Jul 17, 2018 Michelle Sibinovic
Jul 16, 2018 Cristian Morales
Jul 16, 2018 Alana Kaplan
Jul 16, 2018 Kirsten Deveraux
Jul 16, 2018 Kirsten vanheurck
Jul 16, 2018 Karen Scarlet
Jul 16, 2018 Sarah Von Beanz
Jul 16, 2018 kristel Van Heurck
Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed
Jul 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2018 BROOKE SMITH HOW WE TREAT OUR ANIMALS DIRECTLY REFLECTS HOW WE TREAT OUR CHILDREN AND OTHERS AROUND US. THE STRONGER MUST ALWAYS PROTECT THE WEAKER.
Jul 15, 2018 Eileen Kulp your state representative needs a good swift kick in the head for allowing this to continue, along with other state reps. You people that live in KY, shame on you for allowing this to continue. Get off your asses and make some noise and bring your animals
Jul 15, 2018 Charlotte Chavez
Jul 15, 2018 Denise Belliveau
Jul 13, 2018 Monika Meier
Jul 13, 2018 Glenys Rawdon
Jul 13, 2018 Leora Yaffi
Jul 12, 2018 mary blanford
Jul 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2018 Jeanne Cambouris
Jul 9, 2018 marie sajous
Jul 8, 2018 Nancy Rogers
Jul 7, 2018 Lillian Kraemer
Jul 7, 2018 Linda Hendrickson
Jul 7, 2018 Lauren McClure
Jul 7, 2018 Peter Miller
Jul 7, 2018 Muriel Kergoat
Jul 6, 2018 Patricia Almanza
Jul 4, 2018 Dianne Channell No excuse! Clean up your act.
Jul 4, 2018 diane rockafellow
Jul 4, 2018 Roseann LaBrake
Jul 3, 2018 siska juliana
Jul 3, 2018 Beverly Luce
Jul 3, 2018 barbara adler
Jul 2, 2018 Siya Khan

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