Ample research and horrific statistics document a crystal-clear link between animal abuse and domestic violence — one reason the FBI now tracks animal abuse.
Despite the fact that we understand this link in painfully intimate detail, pets are still at grave risk because they have fewer protections under the law. Abusers view animals as soft and easy targets — and another tool to use in abusing their partners. While some states have enacted additional protections for pets, there’s nothing on the federal level, yet.
That could change with the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act, a piece of legislation that would prohibit “threats or acts of violence” directed at pets. The bill would also provide more means for addressing at-risk pets and families. To pass, though, it needs your support.
By s.e. smith, Care2 | Op-Ed Source: The PAWS Act Would Protect Animal Victims of Domestic Violence