People who commit horrific acts of cruelty to companion animals usually spend NO time in jail. They get probation, community service, fines, suspended sentences or concurrent sentences. Why? Because the victim was "just an animal". Animal abuse is practically legal in the United States but most people aren't aware of it. The problem is that the laws are weak and those enforcing them tend to let animal abusers off with a slap on the wrist.
If someone sets a dog on fire, impales a kitten, throws puppies out the window of a moving vehicle, drowns a cat, etc., we believe they should go directly to jail. Don't you? Anyone who could do such things to an animal is likely to commit violent crimes against people too.
The Coalition for Animal Justice is dedicated to fighting cruelty against companion animals. Our goal is to ensure that people who commit violent crimes against companion animals go to prison. We monitor cruelty cases nationwide and urge police, judges and prosecutors to take animal cruelty cases seriously. We are working for a federal law to impose a mandatory 5 year prison sentence for anyone convicted of aggravated animal cruelty.
Four Legged Justice-NOW!!