Legislation throughout the U.S. recognizes animal sentience and the importance of veterinary reporting to combat the ongoing suffering of these animal victims: All 50 states have felony penalties available for animal cruelty crimes, and veterinary reporting is permitted or required in the majority of states. The remaining minority of U.S. states should take action to require veterinarians to report animal cruelty and render veterinarians immune for good faith reporting.

Author Biography

Lora Dunn ldunn@aldf.org, Staff Attorney for the Criminal Justice Program at the Animal Legal Defense Fund, assists prosecutors and law enforcement throughout the country on animal cruelty cases — from research and written support on motions, pleadings, and briefs to trainings and presentations, as well as legislation drafting relating to animal crimes.