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Animal Abuse Law Will Protect Kids Too

Animal Abuse Law Will Protect Kids Too

A new bill proposed in Wisconsin is going a step farther than the animal abuse registry introduced to lawmakers in California.  The legislation is taking into consideration the influence animal cruelty has on kids.

 

Assembly Bill 747 will create stiffer penalties for crimes against animals when they are committed in front of a minor child or cause a child to mistreat an animal. 

 

Similar to the innovative California online registry, the Wisconsin bill also acknowledges that cruelty to animals is a problem that encompasses more than just hurting an animal.  It hurts society as well.

 

In her story Do You Know Who Your Neighbors Are? Care2 blogger Alicia Graef said, “Animal abuse is not just bad for animals either and has been extensively documented as a predictor of human abuse, and is often related to domestic violence, child abuse and other crimes.”

 

Assembly Bill 747 came about as a grassroots effort to reform Wisconsin’s statutes dealing with crimes against animals.  Kathi Tucker is president of the organization pushing for the bill.  The group is called Windchill Legacy. 

 

She told Duluth News Tribune, “Children who are subjected to watching their family members abuse their pets are scarred for life, mentally, and often victims of child abuse themselves.  They are also more likely to grow up and abuse their families and pets.  We are doing what we can to stop this cycle of abuse.”

 

The group’s name is in honor of a 9-month-old colt that was found near death in a pasture in February 9, 2008.  He was malnourished, covered in ice and snow and unable to stand.  The wind chill that day was between 40 and 55 degrees below zero.  The colt, nicknamed Windchill, was being boarded for the winter by his owner on a farm that Shane and Pamela Javenkoski shared with their family.  Both adults were charged with animal negligence.

 

The little colt was covered in blankets and taken to a neighboring farm where he received medical attention and an outpouring of love from the public.  He started to show signs of improvement over the next several days, but 20 days into his recovery – Windchill died. 

 

That’s when the grassroots organization of neighbors and friends decided change the law and close up longstanding loopholes.  They are asking that abusers undergo a psychological assessment, anger management, counseling or treatment.  This is in addition to criminal charges and penalties.

 

Assembly Bill 747 also proposes protection to animals from irresponsible owners who fail to prevent their pets from excessive pain and suffering.  The new law would have saved the life in a recent case where a dog was hit by car and made to suffer by its owners who refused to get veterinary help, euthanize or surrender him.  The dog died of his injuries, one week later.

 

Laws like the California animal abuse registry and Wisconsin’s Bill 747 are needed to protect the public, kids and innocent animals from abuse and give officials the authority needed to prosecute cruel behavior.

 

 

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9:15AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

In reply to: "Anyone who signs this bill is CRAZY.... WTH? Two 13 year old's just beat a min pin with a stick then set him on fire. Two 19 year old's just starved two pit pups, killing one. PROTECT THEM FROM WHAT? THEMSELVES?"

Did it NEVER occur to you that the teens you mentioned may well have witnessed abuse of pets at home or elsewhere by people they looked up to and respected and, consequently, went on to abuse these dogs? SMH....

Children learn what they live with and may figure that if Dad-Mom-Uncle-Auntie-Older Sibling-Neighbour-Whoever does it then there must not be anything wrong with it. ALL animal abuse should have far worse consequences than laws currently call for, and I strongly believe that if children are witnessing animal abuse it is A) indirect abuse of the children, and B) an indicator of future or concurrent abuse of the children in the family, and that separating those pets children from the abuser immediately would be in order.

8:53AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

Con't Part 2

Come on people grow up, if you take the responsibility for having children or an animal take care of them, if you are unable to do that, then go to the nearest hospital or animal shelter and tell them you cannot take care of this child or animal. It is 110% better to do that, then to abuse, neglect and be cruel to them.

Consider them part of the family the only difference is they have fur.

8:25AM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

Anyone who signs this bill is CRAZY. It will protect the children of Wisconsin from animal cruelty? WTH? Two 13 year old's just beat a min pin with a stick then set him on fire. Two 19 year old's just starved two pit pups, killing one. PROTECT THEM FROM WHAT? THEMSELVES? I cannot believe CARE2 is circulating this crap. I will never sign a CARE2 petition ever again! DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Or check out my page on fb CALIFORNIA AGAINST ANIMAL CRUELTY we cover WI., and all other states in the U.S. too! This is a horrible bill! There is NO EXCUSE for this whatsoever! We've worked so hard to ensure maximum sentencing and responsibility be enforced by the state of WI., and now this?!?! Wendon Swift

12:03AM PST on Jan 25, 2011

'Animals + children = living angels.'
Take out time, care, love, proper life, proper nutritions for them today you know our future is safe..

3:54PM PST on Dec 22, 2010

once an abuser, always an abuser for life!!! i believe it's in the genes.

11:01AM PST on Dec 21, 2010

When will people learn of the cycles that animal abuse lead to. Animal to child, animal to animal. Perpetrators only want to inflict pain to control it really doesnt matter to them if it's an animal, a child a woman , the elderly or homeless. As log as they are getting their kicks from dominating some other creature they dont care. This can traumatise children and in many cases normalises it. It has to stop NOW Ann

8:15PM PST on Dec 20, 2010

good for Wisconsin- i hope this catches on across the country.

12:03PM PST on Dec 20, 2010

The current animal cruelty penalties are a joke at best and at worst, non-existent. Animal abusers should be in jail for at least 5-15 years, on a nationwide registry for life so that they can never have anymore opportunities to abuse animals and they should be in therapy to make sure they realize abusing animals isn't ok. I'm very happy that the law is finally realizing the connection.

8:20PM PDT on May 27, 2010

I read an article in the paper by a lawyer that states there is a coalition between animal abuse and child abuse.

12:26PM PDT on May 15, 2010

PLEASE I HOPE SOME THING WILL HAPPEN GOOD. AND ANIMALS AND CHILDREN SHOULD BE PROTECTED AT ALL TIME AS THEY ARE OUR FUTURE.

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