Alley Cat Allies confronts cruelty against cats and believes that every instance of cruelty should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Anti-cruelty laws protect every cat in the United States, regardless of whether the cat is a pet, stray, or community cat. Alley Cat Allies seeks justice for cats harmed in cruelty cases, informs prosecutors and lawmakers, and supports caregivers whose cats have been threatened or intentionally harmed.
Anti-Cruelty Laws Protect All Cats
Intentionally killing an owned cat is prohibited in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Anti-cruelty laws must protect every cat. It doesn’t matter whether the cat is a pet, a stray, or a community cat.
Cruelty Must Be Taken Seriously
Cruelty should always be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Animal cruelty laws were developed not only to protect animals themselves, but also to protect society. It’s long been understood that there is a link between violence against animals and violence against people. Extensive research shows that a person who intentionally harms an animal is a threat to society, whether the victim is a spouse, a child, or an animal. For the sake of both people and animals, it’s critical to take animal cruelty seriously.
Fighting Against Cruelty
You can help us fight against cruelty and make the world a better place for cats. Visit our Action Center to get involved right now.
If your cats or cats you care for have been injured or threatened and you suspect animal cruelty, we have all the information you need about what to do next.
- Just the Facts: Declawing
- Alley Cat Action, Volume 28, Issue 1, Fall 2017
- Animal Cruelty: Understanding Laws and Taking Action Webinar
- Conflict Resolution—How to Organize Quickly to Protect Community Cats
- Violence Has Many Victims
- Alley Cat Allies Heads to Iowa to Save Cats
- California Considers Ban on Declawing Cats
- New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, and Rhode Island Consider Bans on Declawing Cats
- Op-Ed: Stronger Animal Cruelty Laws Needed, Including to Protect Cats That No One Owns
- Judge Affirms Kristen Lindsey’s Veterinary License Suspension