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48 STATES, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, PUERTO RICO & VIRGIN ISLANDS MAKE SOME ANIMAL CRUELTY FELONIES

FORTY EIGHT STATES, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, PUERTO RICO & VIRGIN ISLAND MAKE SOME ANIMAL CRUELTY FELONIES

 

ANOTHER HORSE DIES AT SANTA ANITA RACE TRACK; VIRGINIA ADOPTS “TOMMIE’S LAW”

 

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
For allaboutcutting.net
April 2, 2019

ANOTHER HORSE DIES AT SANTA ANITA RACETRACK

The Sports Report: It’s time to stop racing and replace the track at Santa Anita – Los Angeles Times.

An article, by Houston Mitchell, published on April 1 in the Los Angeles Times reports: Well, another horse died at Santa Anita on Sunday.  Arms Runner, a 5-year-old gelding, fell on the dirt track crossover of a 6 1/2-furlong race on the hillside turf course. He appeared to suffer a catastrophic injury to his right front leg and was euthanized.This makes 23 horses to die at Santa Anita since Dec. 26.

“While this incident happened during competition on a track that has been deemed by independent experts to be safe,” said Santa Anita said in a statement, “We are working closely with the CHRB to understand if there was anything additional that we could have done to prevent Sunday’s tragedy.”

It’s time to stop racing at Santa Anita until more drastic steps are taken. You can change or ban the amount of medications given to a horse and you can stop jockeys from using their riding crop, but none of that changes the fact that 23 horses have died at Santa Anita since Dec. 26. If those numbers were people, the sport would be shut down. I’m not saying the life of a horse and a person is equivalent. But what I am saying is the life of a horse has some intrinsic value and it’s time to stop turning a blind eye to it.

However, some will say, “But this is what they were bred to do. Making these horses stop would be damaging to them.”

”Yes. You know what else is damaging to them? Dying.

In my opinion, Santa Anita needs to replace the entire track. And why do I focus on the track and not some other cause, like medication or riding crops? Because 23 horses haven’t died in three months at any other track. There has to be some sort of problem with the Santa Anita track.

We’ve been very lucky that no jockeys have been seriously injured, or even worse, from one of these incidents. Let’s hope that’s not what it will take for the outcry to be so overwhelming that drastic steps be taken.  To read the entire article, click on the following LINK:

 

HUMANE SOCIETY ANNOUNCES ANIMAL CRUELTY A FELONY IN 48 STATES:

According to an announcement by the Humane Society, 48 states in the USA have adopted FELONY ANIMAL CRUELTY LAWS, even for the first offense.  To see if your state is included on the list, click on the following LINK.

 

VIRGINIA ADOPTS “TOMMIE’S LAW”

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia is the latest or 49th state to adopt a felony animal cruelty law named “Tommie’s Law” that was enacted due to an animal cruelty where a Pit-bull dog was tied to a fence, doused with a flammable material and set on fire.

According to WGN(9) Chicago, lawmakers passed ‘Tommie’s Law’ to make an animal cruelty charge a felony in Virginia. The bill is awaiting the governors signature. Ten days after a pit bull named “Tommie” was found tied to a pole and on fire at Abner Clay Park in Jackson Ward, Virginia’s legislature passed a bill that would stiffen the penalty for animal cruelty.  Even though the bill is based off another animal cruelty case, some are dubbing it “Tommie’s Law.”

According to WTVR in Richmond, the legislation by Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach) increases the penalty for “cruelly or unnecessarily beating, maiming, mutilating or killing a dog or cat” to a felony.  Under current law, the animal must die as a direct result of the torture or inhumane injury before a suspect faces a felony charge.

Desteph said he has been working on the legislation for three years after a dog name Sugar was attacked with a machete in Virginia Beach.

“It should be named for every one of those cases,” DeSteph said.  “The crime matches the penalty. Not whether the dog lives or dies, the act of maliciously wounding or torturing a dog is the felony.”

Tommie was tied to a fence in Abner Clay Park in Richmond on Sunday, Feb. 10, doused in accelerant, then set on fire.  He lived for another five days before, as Richmond Animal Care and Control announced his death in a Facebook post, “his body simply gave out” and he stopped breathing.

“They couldn’t charge him with a felony until Tommie passed away, which is a horrible thing. The act itself is the horrible thing too. The act itself should be the felony, not the outcome,” DeSteph said.

Memorials at both Abner Clay Park and RACC continue to grow.  All week long, supporters of Tommie can stop by RACC on Chamberlayne Avenue to pay their respects and drop off donations in Tommie’s name.

“For somebody to have the heart to set a dog on fire, that’s like setting a human being’s body on fire,” said Jamilah Jones, who stopped by RACC to show Tommie love.

To read the full article click on the following LINK:

 

For years, I’ve been reporting that animal cruelty laws are expanding, becoming tougher on the offender and even has been adopted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in how, animal cruelty crimes are reported and categorized. In all fifty states the (FBI) is categorizing animal cruelty in the same categories as “Crimes Against Persons.”  

It’s long been known, there’s a direct correlation between animal abuse and violent offender acts being committed, in our society.  One would think, animal abusers would stop their animal abuse activities before he or she makes an extended stay trip to the “Grey Bar Hotel.” Guess we’ll wait and see!

“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle!”

Copyright April 2, 2019, all rights reserved.

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC
Managing Member
Phone:  (985) 630-3500
Email: richardedennis@outlook.com
Web Site:  http://www.richardedennis.net

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