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Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 02/18/2011

Animal advocates seek tougher penalities

By Associated Press

After recent high profile cruelty cases, animal rights supporters — including Anne Arundel County's chief executive — pushed Thursday for tougher penalties for people who shoot or burn animals.

House lawmakers listened as supporters made their case for a bill that would increase the penalties for animal cruelty from 90 days to six months in jail.

It also would raise the fine from $1,000 to $2,500 and add new penalties for anyone who uses a firearm or fire accelerant in the crime.

The bill was filed in response to three high-profile cruelty cases — last year's shooting death of a Siberian Husky named Bear-Bear in an Anne Arundel County dog park; the 2009 death of a Baltimore pit bull named Phoenix who was set on fire; and the recent case of a cat named Mittens that survived being doused with lighter fluid and set on fire in Baltimore.

Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold testified Thursday before the House Judiciary Committee that his black Labrador retriever and Himalayan cat are like family members.

Committee Chairman Joe Vallario, (D-Prince George's), was skeptical of the need for a statewide law and asked the Republican why he did not seek a law from the county council first.

Other members of the committee, including Delegate Luiz Simmons, *(D-Montgomery), questioned whether judges would take advantage of the increased penalties.

"I happen to believe the penalties should be increased," Simmons added as a caveat.

By Associated Press  | February 18, 2011; 10:28 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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If i purchase a pet , it is my business if i want to destroy it.
Get a life people, if you felt this way about another human being you would be a hell of a person

Posted by: lawrence5 | February 18, 2011 12:15 PM | Report abuse

lawrence5: Grow up. But, why would you? This is about deliberate creulty, so don't get cute. There is nothing funny about it. You don't have a right to inflict harm on any living thing, period. Humane treatment of all living things is what supposedly sets us above the "animals", I guess not in your case. Your comment doesn't make you a tough guy, it displays your immaturity. I say cut off the hands of those that inflict harm on any one or anything.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 18, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

lawrence5, you *did* mean to quote the first sentence you typed in, didn't you? That doesn't represent *your* view, does it?

"Property rights" should never be used to shield sadistic degenerates (like Travers and Tremayne Johnson of Baltimore) who torture/kill animals for thrills. The elevation of property rights over the rights of *all* sentient beings represents anarcho-Libertarianism run amok.

It's also interesting that more than one Democrat expressed reservations about this proposal. I used to live in heavily Democratic neighborhoods full of unsavory residents who habitually abused/neglected animals, particular bully-breed dogs. Maybe these gutter-district Dems don't want pushback from their animal-abusing-apologist constituents (including the blood-sport crowd).

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 18, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

4% Fair Tax Averages on America’s 9.2 Million Horses
Replaces Horse Slaughter with Logic and Value

Avg. Value of Horse Value x 4%= Tax(x Number of Horses) 4% x Avg. Value
501©3 0.00 Until Adopted
$300-$2,500 $48x4 = 1billion.9m.2k 1,200 avg.value
$2,500-$5,000 $100x1.2 = 120.m 2,500 avg.value
$5,000-$10,000 $300x1.2 = 360.m 7,500 avg.value
$10k-$50k $1000x1.2 = 1billion.2m 25k avg.value
$50k-$100k $2800 x 1.2 = 3billion.360m 70k avg.value
$100k-$500k $10,000x1.2 = 12billion 250k avg.value

This is vast revenue to pay for land, training, and wages for Committees to oversee America’s horse industry, including reclaiming the Wilderness Preserves for Our Mustangs.

Rebuild America with pride.
We built this Nation with horses.
We can do it again.

Sanctuaries will not only foster horses but should be learning facilities to teach responsible horse ownership. Ideally, Sanctuaries should adjoin Federal owned land already utilized by equestrians or with promise to do so, such as land owned by The Army Corps of Engineers, State Parks and National Forests.

Horse owners will become more responsible when paying taxes and
over-population will gradually cease as horses become more valuable. Petition site.

Posted by: SMSellers | February 19, 2011 5:30 PM | Report abuse

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