So where do you stand on New Year’s resolutions this year? Weight loss, a healthier life style, getting rid of a toxic relationship? How about making a commitment to improve the fate of those that can’t speak for themselves. Whether that commitment is to a person such as an abused child or a victim of elder abuse, or an animal that is being victimized; please make it part of your resolution to make a difference in 2010. And yes, one person can make a difference. To one person, or to one animal, you can change a life. Imagine that.
In that spirit let’s see where we stand as a nation as we begin the New Year. I’ve reported a lot about the reputation Missouri has as the puppy mill state. No secret there. Other states are notorious for dogfighting. Where does your state stand as far as legislation for animal abuse? And more importantly, is progress being made, or is nothing being done. Missouri is a perfect example of a state that has acknowledged the problem and is taking a stand. Animals don’t vote, but we humans do. We can control those that get voted into office and if those that get voted in aren’t doing enough to protect the innocent victims of brutality then it is up to us to protest. Give the silent a voice.
Until the laws are such that punishments for animal abuse are severe and expensive, nothing will change. Society should send a clear message that violence to innocent victims will no longer be tolerated. No more three chances, then you are out. You cross that line once and you lose. You don’t get your lucrative career back, you don’t get to own animals again or get your children back, you don’t just do “token” community projects that are obviously all talk and no heart. You lose your freedom for very long periods of time, you lose a lot of money, you lose all respect and you have to start over. That is my opinion. This is ritualized, violent, abhorrent abuse against defenseless animals we are talking about. There is something very black in someone’s soul to do these things. People that prey on the innocent and weak, human or otherwise, don’t deserve a chance to do it again.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund does a study every year to see what states are the best at putting tough animal abuse legislation in place and states that are the worst. If you are an animal abuser, what is the best state to live in? That will be one state I will NEVER move to, regardless of scenery and other attractions. Here is how it plays out presently.
Illinois is the number one state in the U.S. for having the best laws on the book for animal abuse legislation. Kentucky is the worst. Too bad, I always liked to visit Kentucky. We are always looking for retirement locations. Kentucky just went off our list. The map above shows the breakdown of the top five and the bottom five. Keep in mind, things do change. Arkansas was in the bottom five last year, and has pulled itself out this year.
If you aren’t happy with your state’s standing, I suggest you send a copy of this map to your representatives and ask them what they plan to do about your standing. Remember you can make a difference.
Make it your resolution to change for the better the life of one animal this year. Whether you adopt, sponsor, volunteer, report abuse, shelter, or protect from abuse-change the life of just one. What a great thing to do this year! And the payback is unbelievable. Thanks for reading! [email protected]