Do the animal protection laws in your state have real bite?
The Animal Legal Defense Fund just released their annual report that ranks the strength of animal cruelty laws in each state. Check below to see how your state ranks.
This is the fifth year the Animal Legal Defense Fund has put together the list of the five best states in the country to be an animal abuser. Or to put it another way, the five states where animal abusers “get off easy.”
The report investigated 4,000 pages of statutes and provisions and compared the strength of animal protection laws in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories.
So what are the five most lenient states for people who commit atrocities against innocent animals?
They are: Kentucky, North Dakota, Idaho, Mississippi and Iowa.
The single worst state in the nation for animal protection laws is Kentucky and this is the fourth consecutive year for that ranking.
The five worst states received their placement because the laws on the books are: severely limited, omit felony charges, have poor animal fighting provisions and do not restrict future ownership of animals for people convicted of abuse.
On the other end of the spectrum the five best states for animal protection are: Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon and California. These are the same states that were awarded the best five in 2009.
Alaska showed the most improvement, moving from 44th last year to 37th this year. Other states that moved up the ladder in 2010 are: West Virginia, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Arizona.
Their ranking changed because of statutes that included animals in “domestic violence protective laws.”
To see the full report and check where your state fell in the rankings – Click Here.
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