Monday, February 24, 2014

Georgia HB 863 Animal Anti-Cruelty bill PASSED 166 to 1!

Georgia HB 863 Animal Anti-Cruelty bill PASSED 166 to 1!

Please stop calling now!  You may want to send a THANK YOU email to your Rep.
 
We will let you know if you need to contact the Senate. For now, NO more calls, please.
 
Bryan Grant 
bgrant@sepetrescue.org
 
VOTE YES ON HB 863
Prosecuting Attorney’s Counsel of Georgia (PACGA)
drafted & supports this bill
https://fbcdn-photos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1/1622028_770823166264094_617390659_a.jpgToday,  Monday, February 24, 2014, House Bill 863 will come to a vote on the floor of the Georgia House.  HB 863 represents the best effort in over a decade to make substantial improvements to Georgia's Cruelty to Animals statute.  These include:
·         Providing for felony punishment for the deliberate torture of animals, even if the animal is not seriously injured;
·         Providing for felony punishment for intentionally poisoning an animal;
·         Specifically providing for felony punishment for the most serious neglect-type cases (heretofore, all neglect cases were treated as misdemeanors, even where the animal dies or is seriously injured as a result of the neglect);
·         Penalties provisions increased for a second felony (1 – 10 year)
·         Clarifying language within various parts of the statute to make it easier for law enforcement and animal control officers and prosecutors to establish what neglect-type behaviors constitute a violation;
·         Closing a loophole in existing law which allows a person involved in a crime (say, a burglary) to injure or kill an animal (say, the family dog inside the house being burglarized that attacks the burglar) and still be justified in doing so; and
·         Providing that, in order for a person to kill or injure an animal and claim "self-defense", the threat posed by the animal must be imminent and not a hypothetical or imagined threat which might possibly occur in the future.
HB 863 is a carefully-crafted by line prosecutors and PACGA and is a conservative piece of legislation.  It accomplishes the above goals while still providing protection for otherwise-legal activities involving animals such as hunting, fishing, trapping, agricultural and animal husbandry practices, medical and scientific research, and the like.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would like to know who the NO vote was..need to watch out for that crackpot

Anonymous said...

Such good news! I had been emailing both of my representatives, and one was kind enough to communicate with me on this issue. Here's the link to how they all voted: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/vote.aspx?VoteID=11513

Kim Fordham said...

Does anyone know what the end result is of this bill? Did it pass Senate?

Anonymous said...

NO vote was by Charles Gregory
R - Kennesaw
District 34Capitol Address
509-F Coverdell Legislative Office Bldg.
Atlanta, GA 30334
404.656.0220 - Office
Committees
Human Relations & Aging - Member
Interstate Cooperation - Member
Special Rules - Member


Sworn In January 14, 2013

A Martin said...

Cant wait to contribute money to whomever is runnIng against Gregory next election! ! What a moron to vote against this bill! !