Letter to the Editor

Iowa's Animal Cruelty Laws

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Dear State Lawmakers

It’s time for Iowa’s outdated animal cruelty laws to be fixed. The House unanimously passed a great animal cruelty bill last session, and now it’s time for the state senate to pass it, too.

HF737 will help protect Iowa’s pets. It will increase penalties for animal abuse, animal neglect, and animal torture. It will make animal torture an automatic felony in Iowa, just like it is in 48 out of 50 states.

The bill will also update our very outdated and vague animal neglect code. Our current laws leave law enforcement powerless when they see animals in dangerous conditions because the law does not adequately define what adequate food, water or shelter is.

Iowa’s animal shelters, rescues, and other animal welfare organizations see the shortcomings of our current laws almost every day. We’re the ones who must pick up the pieces when our laws fail voiceless animals. It’s time for Iowa to step up and fix the problem. It’s time for lawmakers to do what is right. It’s time to pass HF737, as is, without any amendments so it goes right to Gov. Kim Reynolds' desk.

Signed by the following animal welfare organizations:

— A Home For EveryBunny

— Adopt A Pal Animal Rescue

— Agape Fosters

— Animal Alliance Rescue/Shelter

— Animal Lifeline of Iowa, Inc

— Animal Rescue Family, Algona IA

— Animal Rescue League of Iowa

— Animal Rescue League of Marshalltown

— Animal Rescue of Carroll

— Animal Welfare Friends

— Bailing Out Benji

— Best Friends Animal Society

— Better Together Animal Rescue, Inc.

— Buchanan County Animal Shelter

— Buchanan County Animal Shelter

— Calhoun County Canine Shelter

— Cedar Bend Humane Society

— Cedar Valley Humane Society

— Cedar Valley Pit Bull Rescue

— Clinton Humane Society

— Community Cat League

— Community Cat League

— Critter Crusaders of Cedar Rapids

— Des Moines County Humane Society

— Diamond in the Ruff Rescue

— Dogs Forever of Iowa

— Dubuque Regional Humane Society

— Fur Fun Rescue

— Gems Forever Animal Rescue

— German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Iowa, Inc.

— Hamilton County Animal AdvoCATes

— Hero’s Haven Animal Rescue

— Hope Animal Rescue of Iowa

— Humane Society of North Iowa

— Humane Society of Northeast Iowa

— Humane Society of Northwest Iowa

— The Humane Society of the United States

— Iowa City Animal Services

— Iowa Humane Alliance

— Iowa Parrot Rescue

— Iowa STARS for Animals

— Jasper County Animal Rescue League

— Johnson County Humane Society

— Kings Harvest Pet Rescue

— Kings Harvest Pet Rescue

— Kiya Koda Humane Society

— Last Hope Animal Rescue

— Marion County Humane Society

— Mary's Farm Sanctuary, Inc.

— MidAmerica Rottweiler Rescue

— Midlands Humane Society

— Midwest Pets For Life

— Muscatine Humane Society

— Noah's Ark Animal Foundation

— Noah's Hope Animal Rescue

— Northeast Iowa Humane Society

— PAWS & More

— Protectors of Animal Welfare of North Lee Co

— Safe Haven of Iowa Co.

— Siouxland Humane Society

— Southeast Iowa Animal Alliance

— Southwest Iowa Humane Society

— Uno’s Promise Animal Rescue

— Wildthunder Wildlife & Animal Rehabilitation & Sanctuary