Letter: Support change to animal welfare law

Isn’t it ironic that under Iowa Animal Welfare Laws, people can “neglect an animal resulting in death” and incur significantly lower penalties than a person who abuses an animal that lived and is charged with “animal torture?” It is because of the way the Iowa law is written and authorities can only bring charges as defined under the current law.

Iowa Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, has introduced a bill (Senate File 421) that will significantly improve Iowa animal welfare laws. The bill was introduced in the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which he is chair. This bill strengthens the current law and importantly, because Iowa is heavily influenced by agriculture interests, does not impact farm livestock and has language that excludes farm livestock. Those interests fall under another chapter of the Iowa Code.

I strongly urge readers to contact their legislators and encourage them to support Senate File 421.

Ted Pence


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