By: Ashtun Welling
Animals have always been victims of abuse, and in most cases of animal abuse, it’s not compiled by state or federal agencies. This makes it hard to estimate just how many animal cruelty cases reported every day. It’s time our furry friends got the love they desperately deserve.
Animals in the U.S. are still considered as property, in some cases they are treated no better than a table. There are laws that protect animals but there are too many loopholes. It’s time to take the Animal Bill to Congress, so it’s clear that animals have basic rights. Without some legal protection, animals are defenseless against abuse of humans. There is puppy mills, dog fighting rings, and animals confined by hoarders in horrid conditions, just to name a few examples.
Currently, the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) tries to regulate the treatment of animals, but only those used in exhibits, transportation, breeders, and in laboratories. However, it does have its limitations of its effectiveness since it excludes blooded animals, farm animals, birds, mice, and rats used in research. Even those animals that are covered by the AWA lack true protection because of deficient resources.
A vast amount of progress has been made on policies to protect animals from cruelty and abuse. In 2016, new laws were passed to protect animals in W.V. The state has upgraded the penalties for killing or injuring public service dogs. A law was passed requiring to keep the sweet-tasting liquid antifreeze and engine coolant away from animals and children to prevent them being poisoned. It is unlawful to intentionally train it to attack, ride an unfit animal, abandon them to die, not provide animals with shelter in bad conditions, and withholding proper sustenance, such as food and water. Any person who violates any of these is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not less than three hundred nor more than two thousand dollars, or confined in jail not more than six months; in extreme cases, the offender can be both fined and put in jail. or both. A person who intentionally tortures or maliciously kills an animal is guilty of a felony and shall be confined in a correctional facility not less than one nor more than five years, and can be fined not less than one thousand dollars nor more than five thousand dollars.
Overall, animals deserve to be treated with kindness. Even farm animals deserve an environment that satisfies their basic and psychological needs. No animal deserves to be treated less than a living being.