State lawmaker considering bill that ...

State lawmaker considering bill that would make animal abuse a felony

There are 5 comments on the WHNT News 19 story from Dec 2, 2009, titled State lawmaker considering bill that would make animal abuse a felony. In it, WHNT News 19 reports that:

Tennessee Rep. Janis Sontany is considering legislation that would make abuse of any confined animal a felony.

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Lebanon, TN

#1 Dec 3, 2009
Bad legislation is the probable cause of these horses being in the condition they are in. When the Government made it illegal to slaughter horses the only outlet for unwanted horses was eliminated. This bad legislation has caused many horses to be abandoned and/or mistreated. Maybe we need to release some more cop killers so we can lock up our farmers.

Sperryville, VA

#2 Dec 4, 2009
Laws of this type (felony animal cruelty) place animals above humans in the justice system. There are many laws where violence (torture, stalking, molestation, battery, aggravated assault, etc.), against humans are misdemeanors not felonies. We should not place animals above humans, especially in the criminal justice system. This simply plays into the hands of the "animal rights" fanatics who want animals to have the same rights as humans. I know the HSUS is lobbying hard to make this a reality, with their president (Wayne Pacelle)stating, "Our goal is to abolish all animal agriculture". Send him, his convicted criminal sidekick, J.P. Goodwin, and their monied, powerful, out-of-state special interest group back to their home state. Wake up America!!!
Alabama Animal Advocate

Huntsville, AL

#3 Dec 8, 2009
Craw, what a ridiculous statement! These laws do not "try to place animals above humans." That's just some distorted information that has been passed on to you by the media or some reason you've come up with to try to justify animal abuse. These laws need to be passed AND enforced to protect beings that don't deserve to be starved and beaten. I bet if someone beat up your car or smashed the windows in your home, you'd be whining to the police to do something about it. So, by your logic, does that mean that cars are being put before humans? Why don't you actually research animal rights/welfare before you make comments/statements like this. You may actually learn some surprising information about what is really going on in the nation. And I really wish that the HSUS was really as powerful as you seem to think they are…that sure would free up some of my time.

In the meantime, if I have to drive from Alabama to Tennessee to rally for animal rights, I’ll fill my gas tank up tonight.

Winchester, VA

#4 Mar 11, 2010
Dear Animal Advocate: A felony law against cockfighting was passed in my state in 2008. If I fight a chicken I can go to prison for three years and be fined up to $25,000. If I and two o three of my buddy's beat you up and stomp you into the concrete, that is Assault by Gang, a misdemeanor, not a felony. If I stalk my ex-wife and threaten her, that is a misdemeanor, not a felony. There are many more laws that stack up like that, and that is what I mean by putting animals above human victims of violent crimes; now its your turn to research things and put out the correct information instead of parroting what you hear Lying-before-Congress Pacelle, and convicted criminal Goodwin espouse!

Memphis, TN

#5 Jul 30, 2011
craws right its the hsus thats helped shut down the walking horse business

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