Forms of Cruelty: <ul><li>failing to provide food, water, shelter, veterinary care, or </li></ul><ul><li>animal fighting </li></ul><ul><li>acts such as overworking an animal </li></ul><ul><li>atrocious, depraved acts </li></ul>
The Unquestionable Link <ul><li>“ On Saturday of last week, I made my first kill. </li></ul><ul><li>The victim was a loved one, </li></ul><ul><li>my dear dog Sparkle. I will never forget the howl she made. </li></ul><ul><li>It sounded almost human. </li></ul><ul><li>We laughed and hit her and hit her more.” - from the diary of Luke Woodham, 16, charged in the stabbing death of his mother, and the shooting deaths of two students and wounding seven others in Pearl, Mississippi. </li></ul>
Felony Status In general, a felony is an offense for which a sentence to a term of imprisonment in excess of one year is authorized.
Buster’s Law <ul><li>§ 353-a. Aggravated cruelty to animals </li></ul><ul><li>1. A person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals when, with no justifiable purpose, he or she intentionally kills or intentionally causes serious physical injury to a companion animal with aggravated cruelty. For purposes of this section, "aggravated cruelty" shall mean conduct which: (i) is intended to cause extreme physical pain; or (ii) is done or carried out in an especially depraved or sadistic manner. </li></ul>
"The question is not, Can they reason ? nor, Can they talk ? but Can they suffer ." -Jeremy Bentham
<ul><li>At the time of Buster’s tragedy, only 17 states had felony cruelty laws. </li></ul><ul><li>As 2010, 46 states have some felony provisions in their anti-cruelty laws. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The Times Union (Albany, New York) </li></ul><ul><li>November 9, 2007 Friday 1 EDITION </li></ul><ul><li>`Buster's Law' ex-con indicted in sexual assault </li></ul>
“ Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Dr. Martin Luther King