HARRISBURG, PA — Governor Tom Wolf recently joined animal advocates, legislators, and Libre for a rally on the Capitol steps to celebrate exceptional humane leaders in the commonwealth. At the rally, the governor was honored by the Humane Society of the United States with the Humane Legislative Leader Award for his steadfast support for animal issues in Pennsylvania.
“I am proud of the bipartisan work that we’ve accomplished during my first term to improve Pennsylvania’s protections for animals,” said Governor Wolf. “Despite these successes, there’s still more we can do to help animals and I look forward to working with the legislature to build on the momentum we have for this critical issue.”
Over the past four years, Governor Wolf signed several important laws to increase protections for animals including:
- Animal Fighting Paraphernalia (2015): Made it a misdemeanor if someone knowingly owns or possesses animal fighting paraphernalia.
- Animal Abuse Statute Overhaul & Libre’s Law (2017): The five key components of the legislation are improved tethering stipulations and conditions for outside dogs, added protections for horses, increased penalties for animal abuse, ensuring convicted animal abusers forfeit abused animals to a shelter, and civil immunity for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
- Animals in Distress (2018): Empowered law enforcement to take action to prevent the needless suffering of dogs and cats left unattended in cars.
Because of these efforts, Pennsylvania has received national recognition by the Humane Society of the United States and the Animal Defense Fund for its marked improvements for animal protection laws.
Source: Office of the Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
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