The American Humane Association reiterated its strong support of Ohio House Bill 55, asking voters to urge their state senators to pass legislation strengthening the state’s animal welfare and domestic violence laws before the legislature’s summer recess.
Ohio House Bill 55 would increase the penalties for animal cruelty and would encourage judges to include pets in domestic-abuse protective orders. It would also require full psychological evaluation and necessary counseling for any child under 18 years of age who commits cruelty to a companion animal.
The proposed legislation came to increased prominence last week after undercover video footage was released that allegedly shows workers at Conklin Dairy Farms in Plain City, Ohio, subjecting cows and young calves to sadistic acts of cruelty. American Humane expressed outrage at the incident, and believes that Ohio would greatly benefit from stronger animal cruelty laws and domestic-violence statutes as outlined by House Bill 55.
“This legislation elevates animal cruelty crimes and the link between domestic-violence-related animal abuse to the recognition it deserves,” said Tracy Coppola, legislative analyst for American Humane. “We are encouraged that the State House overwhelmingly passed the bill, and we are eager for the Senate to take similar action that will provide a new foundation for protecting domestic-violence survivors and their pets, penalizing abuse and getting help for those who need it.”
For more information about the bill, or to send your senator a message urging support of the bill, visitwww.americanhumane.org/housebill55.
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Since 1877, the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront of every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty and abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.