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Kifowit Sponsors Bill Cracking Down on Animal Abusers

Dec 16, 2015 02:16PM ● Published by Steven Jack

State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego

Individuals convicted of abusing animals in front of children will face stricter penalties beginning Jan. 1 thanks to legislation sponsored by state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego.
 
“Many families are enriched by the love of a pet, including my own family," said Kifowit who recently adopted a dog from the Aurora Animal Control Center. “Children witnessing violent acts of abuse can be emotionally traumatized and confused as to how to properly treat an animal, affecting their entire lives.”
 
Kifowit co-sponsored House Bill 3231 to strengthen animal abuse laws by adding an additional 100 hours of community service and a fine of $250 if the abuse occurs in the presence of a minor under the age of 18.

Animal rights groups have praised Illinois’ laws against animal abusers, with the Animal League Defense Fund ranking the state in 2014 as having the toughest laws against abuse. The Animal Welfare Institute, Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Best Friends Animal Society all supported House Bill 3231.
 
"Exposing children to the violent mistreatment of animals cannot be tolerated and strengthening our laws is one way for us to protect them.”  Kifowit said. “This law is a step towards ensuring all of our four-legged family members are properly cared for.”
 
For more information, please visit www.ILDistrict84.com or contact Kifowit’s constituent service office at 630-585-1308 orStephanie.Kifowit@att.net.

INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE OFFICE OF STEPHANIE KIFOWIT

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