Sen. Ted Lieu’s Animal Abuse Bill Passes First Hurdle
2011-04-13 · By Editor
A measure by Sen. Ted W. Lieu to help prevent animal abuse by banning their sale on street corners and temporary retail venues while increasing penalties for animal neglect passed its first policy test review.
Approved by the Senate Public Safety Committee, Senate Bill 917 now faces review by the Senate Appropriations Committee before undergoing a vote by the full Senate.
“Animal abuse is generally divided into two main categories: Animal cruelty, and animal neglect,” Lieu said. “Animal cruelty usually refers to a single act of harm on an animal. Animal neglect usually causes suffering that’s more extended or prolonged. Whether an animal is tortured or starved, too often the result is death. Either way, it’s a horrible way to die, and the penalties should be consistent.”
Because current health and safety regulations for animal sales do not apply to roadside sales, young animals are being sold that are often mistreated, ill or diseased and there’s no way to track the seller, Lieu said. “My bill would remove the link between illegal puppy mills and the public by restricting the sale of pet animals on roadsides, parking lots and other outdoor venues.”
As written, SB 917 would also impose more consistent penalties for those convicted of animal cruelty and animal neglect by allowing a maximum sentence of up to one year in county jail for animal neglect and a fine of up to $20,000.
Lieu’s measure is co-sponsored by the State Humane Association of California, the Humane Society of the United States and the American and Los Angeles chapters of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
For more, including a Fact Sheet on this bill, visit Lieu’s Web site at the address below.
Ted W. Lieu represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 28, which includes the cities of Carson, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance, as well as portions of Los Angeles and Long Beach. For more, visit www.senate.ca.gov/lieu <http://www.senate.ca.gov/lieu>