Idaho Animal Lovers Push For Felony Laws
Animal lovers across the state are gathering signatures in hopes that voters will decide to make animal cruelty a felony in 2012. Virginia Hemingway, the founder of Stop Torturing Our Pets, says Idaho is just one of three states that don’t have felony penalties for the most extreme animal cruelty cases, nor for repeat offenders. Hemingway’s group, along with other animal welfare groups across the state, are working together to try to gather more than 47,000 signatures by next April to get their initiative on the ballot. Jeff Rosenthal, director of the Idaho Humane Society, says the state’s largest animal welfare group supports the initiative and will do what it can to help.