Protecting Animals: Facts & Figures
Animal Cruelty Laws, state-by-state comparisons:
How do Alabama and Florida stack up?
The Humane Society's 2011 Humane State Ranking report puts Alabama at 45 of 50 states because while dogfighting is outlawed, cockfighting is still only a Class C misdemeanor. Florida ranks 15 of 50 because of its strong animal fighting laws.
What's the latest legislation before the Alabama state Congress?
During the 2011 session, Alabama House Bill 698 died in committee. Cruelty to animals is currently a Class B misdemeanor.
This bill would make "acts that are done knowingly or with criinal negligence to the prohibition" a Class A misdemeanor, and would designate the crime of Aggravated Animal Cruelty, defined as an "act of cruelty or neglect" that "was heinous, atrocious, cruel, or involved infliction of torture to the animal."
Reps. Faust and McMillan intend to reintroduce this bill during the next legislative session.
Read the full text of HB698 here [pdf].
Contact the Representatives:
Rep. Joe Faust (R), Baldwin County, 94th District
Rep. Stephen McMillan (R), Baldwin County, 95th District
Information from the National Humane Society and the Alabama Legislative Information System Online