Cruelty to Animals Now a Felony in Tennessee!

July 2004

PETA put pressure on authorities when a 2-pound terrier was fatally kicked by a Tennessee man. We are happy to announce that the governor signed an amendment to elevate the punishment for aggravated cruelty to animals from a misdemeanor to a felony–the offender faces a minimum of one year of jail time (possibly up to six years) and may be fined up to $3,000.

Click here to read more about how you can make legislative changes for the animals.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind