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New Animal Cruelty Bill Passed By Washington House

Animal cruelty has always been a problem in countless countries across the world, despite being frowned upon and very much illegal. Thankfully, a new update reveals that a self-professed dog lover has recently helped push a bill through the Legislature, which helps update the law around animal welfare.

Approved Animal Cruelty Bill

Sponsored by Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La center, a news update reveals that the Washington House has recently approved Senate Bill 6300, which includes updates to animal cruelty laws and helps provide more options as to where people can take animals that have been unfortunately abandoned.

"I'm a dog lover, as are many of my colleagues. So it wasn't a surprise that we saw overwhelming support for this legislation. This is an area of the law where Republicans and Democrats have lots of common ground," Rivers said in a recent statement right after the House approved the bill.

"This bill is the first comprehensive update of animal welfare laws in years. It responds to unfortunate situations we've seen in headlines, like when someone accused of badly mistreating dozens of dogs blamed their actions on a lack of resources. Some of these changes are overdue, and none is coming too soon," she added.

Per sources, SB 6300 was approved Thursday by a 89-8 vote, with five representatives from Clark County voting for legislation. The Senate approved the bill by a 43-5 vote on Feb. 17, with all three senators from Clark City voting for the bill.

"Pets are family members and should be protected. This bill gives law enforcement the tools to fully prosecute people who abuse animals, removes loopholes like the economic distress defense, and prohibits people who have been convicted of violent crimes from owning other animals during time specified by the courts," Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, said.

She reportedly also sponsored a companion bill called the House Bill 2317, which has the same provisions as the new law. However, the bill never made it to the House floor.

"Pets deserve better than abuse and trauma, and law enforcement needs the tools to better protect them," she added.

Dogs waiting to be sold as food are in kept in a cage on a truck in Songnam, about 50km (30 miles) south of Seoul July 29, 2004. While animal rights activists have condemned dog meat as a cruel treatment of the animals, it is still an accepted popular del Dogs waiting to be sold as food are in kept in a cage on a truck in Songnam, about 50km (30 miles) south of Seoul July 29, 2004. While animal rights activists have condemned dog meat as a cruel treatment of the animals, it is still an accepted popular delicacy for some South Korean, as well in some other Asian countries. Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters

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