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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Support Senate Bill 102 to make animal torture a felony in Utah

Imagine how Henry felt when he was chased with a leaf blower and blinded in the left eye. Imagine how the little dog felt later when he was placed in a 200-degree oven for five minutes! Now imagine if Utah joined the 43 other states that currently make aggravated animal cruelty a felony. We owe it to Henry and the beautiful state of Utah to get Senate Bill 102 passed.

Currently, Utah has one of the weakest animal cruelty laws in the nation. Enhanced penalties send a message to the public that animal cruelty is a serious offense. Because Utah’s animal cruelty law lacks felony penalties, even the most horrific acts of torture to companion animals are virtually ignored. SB 102, introduced by Sen. Gene Davis (D-District 3), would make torturing a companion animal a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years' imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.

Contact your district senator and ask him or her to support and co-sponsor SB 102. Please also attend the Animal Advocacy Alliance’s lobby day, supported by American Humane, on Feb. 13, 2008. For more information and to RSVP for the event, please see

This action alert is for residents of the following states only: Utah

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