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Bipartisan Bill Will Allow Stronger Enforcement of Anti-Cruelty Laws

Bipartisan Bill Will Allow Stronger Enforcement of Anti-Cruelty Laws

Name: Animal Cruelty Enforcement Act

Bill Number: H.R. 8052

Junkyard DogAnimal abuse laws in the United States are typically governed at the state level. This makes enforcement of these laws challenging and inconsistent.

H.R. 8052, the Animal Cruelty Enforcement Act, and its newly introduced companion bill of the same name in the Senate, would crack down on animal cruelty across the United States by providing specialized knowledge and a streamlined process for handling these offenses at the federal level.

These bills would create an animal cruelty crimes unit within the Department of Justice that is responsible for enforcing animal cruelty statutes.

The bills have bi-partisan support in both chambers of Congress—but they need your help to move forward.

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Support the establishment of a uniform system of enforcing animal cruelty laws across the U.S.

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask you to support H.R. 8052, the Animal Cruelty Enforcement Act, and its newly introduced companion bill of the same name in the Senate.

These bills would ensure that the federal government has a dedicated office for the enforcement of animal cruelty statutes--the Animal Cruelty Crimes Division at the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The Animal Cruelty Enforcement Act will not only protect defenseless animals, but it will better protect the community at large. People who abuse innocent animals often turn their violence on innocent people. Studies repeatedly show that there is a close link between animal cruelty and violence toward people. By bringing charges against perpetrators of animal cruelty, we can prevent individuals with a propensity for violence from further harming animals or turning that violence on people.

Congress has passed a number of laws to protect animals from cruelty, but the laws are only effective if enforced. The Animal Cruelty Crimes Division at the DOJ would aid in the investigation, enforcement, and subsequent prosecution of felony animal cruelty crimes. The act would require the division to report to Congress annually on the number of animal cruelty investigations and prosecutions of animal cruelty it conducted.

Proper enforcement of animal cruelty laws is necessary to protect animal welfare and to help keep our communities safe from the violence often linked to these crimes.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]