Animal cruelty measures signed into law 


Some prevent, some endorse

A bill authored by state Sen. Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) that would require courts to consider counseling as part of sentencing offenders for animal cruelty was signed into law by the governor on March 30. Lanane said the measure is an attempt to break the link between animal abuse and other forms of violent behavior.

“I’m very pleased that this important measure will become law,” Lanane said. “By encouraging courts to include counseling in an animal cruelty sentence, individuals prone to violence may receive the help they need before they harm another person.”

Senate Enrolled Act 108 was approved unanimously by both houses of the General Assembly. The act will become law on July 1, 2007.

According to American Humane, an organization aimed at protecting children and animals from cruelty, abuse and neglect, a study of women seeking shelter at a safe house showed that 71 percent of those having pets affirmed that their partner had threatened, hurt or killed their animal companions.

Also signed into law this week was House Bill 1146. This new law lets an employee of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) or an employee of a federal wildlife management agency use an artificial light or a silencer to kill an animal if the employee: (1) is acting in the performance of the employee’s duties; and (2) has received the express written consent of the director of the DNR.


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