New animal cruelty laws encouraged
Jan 27, 2013 | 581 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To The Editor:

This letter is to draw attention to animal cruelty and the need for our community and state to be more active in preventing such barbaric behavior toward helpless creatures.

I am recognizing that many people are banding together for the purpose of preventing cruelty to animals.

As of this month, dogfighting and cockfighting in Michigan can be prosecuted as a criminal enterprise, much like large drug and prostitution operations, with penalties of up to 20 years in prison and fines of $100,000.

The new law is part of a crackdown on blood sports by the Legislature. Gov. Rick Snyder signed the bill and two others into law on Dec. 12.

Sen. Bert Johnson, D-Highland Park and a sponsor of two of the bills, said the new laws are the toughest in the country.

Vicki Deisner of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the package sets a national standard.

We, as citizens of Cleveland and Tennessee, should also do as much for animals within our area to prevent animal cruelty.

— Trecia Watson

Cleveland