What Is Right vs What Is Legal

Today is the last day of Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. I hope this month’s worth of posts have inspired you to speak up and help out. I also hope you learned something and feel educated enough on how to fix certain situations.

I wanted to close this campaign with information on Animal Abuse sentencing.

  • When charged with a case of animal cruelty, the minimum sentence in New York State  is a $5,000 fine.
  • The maximum sentence in New York State for animal cruelty is 2 years in jail.

Every state has different laws and sentences. The severity of each differs, some being appropriate, some being much too minimal.

  • The state with the highest maximum sentence is Idaho, where the maximum sentence is 15 years in jail.
  • The state with the highest minimum sentence is Colorado with a minimum sentence of a $500,000 fine.
  • The lowest sentence would be no sentence at all – which occurs in North and South Dakota, as they do not consider animal cruelty a felony.

Don’t think that animal cruelty is only ignored in third world countries or places too far from home. These things not only happen but are LEGALLY ALLOWED to happen right here in our own country. And these horrific acts happen every day usually right in our neighborhoods.

Remember, just because something has not been made illegal yet, does not mean it is the right thing to do! Do what is morally right for these animals.

Be smart, be watchful, and be productive. Help speak up for the animals who have lost their voice due to animal abusers. The best thing you can do to help, is to educate and inform others.

“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” – Kofi Annan

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