For Immediate Release: February 24, 2011
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, email@example.com or (202) 207-1134
ALLEY CAT ALLIES CALLS ON NEW MEXICO TO STRENGTHEN ANTI-CRUELTY LAWS
Proposed state legislation would punish extreme acts of cruelty as felony crimes
BETHESDA, MD — Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, today called on New Mexico lawmakers to pass a bill that would strengthen the state’s anti-cruelty laws.
Legislation currently before the New Mexico State Senate (S.B. 348) would clarify current anti-cruelty statutes to ensure that criminal acts that result in “great bodily harm” or death to an animal will be punished as felony crimes.
“Alley Cat Allies supports all efforts to strengthen state anti-cruelty laws,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies. “Research shows a clear link between aggression towards animals and violence toward people. Perpetrators of cruelty against animals are a danger to the community and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”
Although current New Mexico law contains felony provisions for animal cruelty cases, the wording of the statute has led to difficulty obtaining convictions for some animal cruelty cases. The proposed bill would strengthen the language, as well as require psychological counseling for those convicted of extreme cruelty to animals.
Supporters in New Mexico are asked to contact their local lawmakers to press for support for the bill. More information is available at www.alleycat.org.
About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the nation’s leading advocate for stray and feral cats. Their website is www.alleycat.org.