California lawmakers propose harsher penalties for animal cruelty

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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May 20, 2015            

Contact: Jeff Montejano                                                                                                                                                                 

Laguna Beach Sea Lion Attacks Spur

Bi-Partisan Legislation to Prevent Animal Cruelty

 

SACRAMENTO – May 20, 2015 – Speaking to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Paws Celebration, Assemblymembers William P. Brough (R- Dana Point), David Hadley (R- Manhattan Beach), Matthew Harper (R- Huntington Beach) and Patrick O’Donnell (D- Long Beach), introduced Assembly Bill 1543 to increase penalties for animal cruelty and offset the costs of rehabilitation and recovery for abused and injured animals.

“As coastal representatives, we must ensure that rescued animals being treated for severe injuries are protected, and enact severe penalties for those who attempt to further hurt them,” said Brough. “We can’t prevent what has already happened, but we can say that enough is enough.”

An attack last month at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach left 15 sea lions with severe chlorine burns. The animals were already being treated for severe injuries suffered after washing ashore nearby. This shocking incident is just one of many disturbing acts of animal cruelty occur throughout California.

“This is unconscionable,” said co-author Matthew Harper. “I am outraged by this behavior, and I am proud to take a stand to eliminate animal cruelty in the State of California.”

“We must protect those who cannot protect themselves,” Brough added. “This legislation ensures that California is at the forefront of enacting tougher penalties against animal cruelty and mistreatment.”

In order to deter future incidents, AB 1543 also requires appropriate counseling for those who commit these crimes.

“Malicious attacks against animals have no place in our society and I am pleased to co-author Assemblyman Brough’s legislation to combat this growing problem in California,” said Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel). “By increasing fines on perpetrators and providing them with the counseling they need, we can save more animals in the long run.”

Link to ASPCA Press Conference: https://vimeo.com/128303755.

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Assemblyman William P. Brough represents the 73rd Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Aliso Viejo, Coto de Caza, Dana Point, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Las Flores, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistra