2016 Fact Sheet Libre’s Law

14470408_10154475491668815_166784035849048241_nNote: this bill is from the 2015/16 Session and is archived.  For a list of current legislation – click here.  Click here for the fact sheet on Act 10 (also known as Libre’s Law).

In 2016 along with 22 co-sponsors introduced SB 1372 (Libre’s Law) on September 29th.  Libre’s Law has now been amended into HB 869 along with Cordelia’s Law and anti-tethering language.  With only 3 days of session left, we need your help to pass this bill!  First, it is as easy as calling, posting on social media or emailing your state representative  to say: “Please vote to concur with the Alloway amendments on  HB 869, including Libre’s law, which strengthens Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty laws!”

Facts about Libre’s Law:

What does Libre’s Law do? 

Libre’s Law will bring Pennsylvania in line with the majority of the country by increasing penalties for certain crimes against animals.

  • Creates a new offense of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, which can be applied to egregious situations.  
  • Establishes stiffer penalties for the most heinous of crimes committed against animals.  
  • Provides more prosecutorial discretion based on the level of injury or death.  
  • It does not apply to activities undertaken in normal agricultural operations.  
  • It will not prevent a humane police officer from charging a summary offense for cruelty, if warranted.

Why do we need Libre’s Law? 

  • The overwhelming majority of animal cruelty crimes in PA are charged as a summary offense.
  • A summary offense puts animal cruelty, no matter how wanton, in the same category with the most minor of crimes such as loitering and traffic violations like speeding.
  • Animal cruelty is not a minor issue and it rarely happens as an isolated incident.  
  • Research shows animal cruelty is the most reliable predictor of future violence against humans, which is why the FBI tracks animal cruelty crimes, including neglect and torture. 

Stronger penalties provide an opportunity for the criminal justice system to identify potentially dangerous individuals, intervene in their cycle of abuse, and reduce acts of violence committed against animals, children, and citizens of the Commonwealth.



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