What were the first animal welfare laws of America?

First American animal welfare laws?

It seems likely, but I can’t be absolutely sure, that the first American welfare laws in America were published in 1641 by the Puritans of Massachusetts Bay. The Massachusetts Bay Colony was one of the original English settlements in present-day Massachusetts; settled in 1630 by a group of about 1,000 Puritan refugees. You might …

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Restitution in unlawful cat killing cases

Restitution for loss of cats killed by another

When a person is convicted of the unlawful killing of someone’s pet cat the owner seeks compensation for their loss; this is ‘restitution’. A recent live and real case can be used to illustrate how it works. It concerns Pam Dowell, the lady who is moving home to get away from some neighbors, one …

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Call for USA National Registry of Animal Abusers

A recent story about an animal abuser supports the view of many in America who want a national registry of animal abusers. The matter concerns a man whose name is Anthony Appolonia. On December 4, 2008 in Monmouth County, USA, he was sentenced to 5 years in prison for torturing and killing 19 cats. …

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New Jersey Assemblyman Inspired by New York State to Try and Ban Declawing In New Jersey

New Jersey Assemblyman, Troy Singleton, says that he has been inspired by New York State’s attempt to ban declawing. In New York State a ban remains possible but the Bill has yet to be enacted. Nonetheless Troy Singleton wants to try the same thing in New Jersey. In this instance, he wants to make …

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State of Tennessee Will Soon Have An Animal Abuse Registry

Tennessee animal abuse registry

In setting a precedent for other states, the legislators of Tennessee have decided that there are to be more certain consequences for harming animals. They decided that if somebody harms an animal they are going to pay for it. This is the best news that I’ve heard for quite a long time. Tennessee is …

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Tuscaloosa Cat Beating Video Shows a Crime Being Committed Under Alabama Law

The now infamous video, which is embedded below (no longer there as it has been removed from YouTube), shows a crime being committed on a domestic cat. Yet the police have decided not to charge the perpetrator. Also there is a questionmark over whether the cat that was checked by the police (and a …

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Animal advocates seek to revive petition against Julianne Westberry


It’s been a bit over 10 months since dozens of cats were found dead inside and underneath the Belton, South Carolina home of Julianne Westberry. Several people have recently asked me as to when her trial is to be set, but no information is available as to an exact date. The wheels of justice …

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Texas veterinarian kills neighbour’s cat with bow and arrow. Biggest cat story in America.

Tiger a ginger cat

Texas, USA: Tiger was a ginger tomcat belonging to a neighbour of Dr Kristen Lindsey, a veterinarian (note: CNN say this needs to be confirmed). She thought he was a feral cat so she proudly shot him with a bow and arrow through his head.  She says she deserves “the vet of the year …

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