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USA: What Pennsylvania Residents Must Know About Angel’s Law

Posted by African Press International on August 8, 2013

Pennsylvania has been on the back foot as far as animal laws and issues are concerned. The alarming number of animal cruelty cases in the commonwealth must be taken seriously by lawmakers. The general consensus is that only by enforcing stringent laws on animal abuse can we hope to deter violent individuals from committing heinous acts. Angel’s law – a landmark bill – aims to increase the grading for all offenses related to animal cruelty to misdemeanor offenses.

What exactly does the bill propose?

Bill no.760 – Angel’s Law – amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses), and proposes raising summary offenses conducted under Section 511 (Cruelty to Animals) to a misdemeanor 3. The legislation also moves up the grading for the offense of killing, maiming or disfiguring a domestic animal or fowl, from a second degree misdemeanor to a first degree misdemeanor. Offenses committed subsequently would be deemed a felony of the third degree.

The bill also gives police and humane society officers the means and tools to charge offenders. This power can be useful in bringing abusers to light and discouraging them from attempting such acts. By acting as a strong deterrent against animal cruelty, Angel’s Law can protect the rights of innocent creatures.

An overview of changes

The proposed changes are described under different sub-sections of 5511.

–         Anyone found guilty of the acts described under section (a) – killing, maiming, poisoning or disfiguring domestic and zoo animals – can face a fine of no less than $500 or $1000. Depending on the offense, offenders can also be awarded a 2-year jail sentence.

–         Actions involving the sale or coloring of rabbits under two months of age or fowl under one month of age will be considered a misdemeanor of the third degree.

–         Individuals found guilty of intentional cruelty to animals under care – veterinary or otherwise – will face third-degree misdemeanor charges.

–         A misdemeanor of third degree also applies to the selling or using of disabled horses, transportation of animals in a cruel manner, or riding/leading/working oxen, mules, horses or mares for more than 15 hours in a 20-hour period.

–         Individuals found guilty of cutting the whole or part of a dog’s ear or vocal chords will face a third degree misdemeanor charge

–         A misdemeanor of the third degree will also apply to individuals found guilty of maiming or killing homing pigeons, and skinning and selling/buying pelts of cats and dogs.

By showing your support for this crucial legislation, you can help ensure a peaceful co-existence between humans and animals.


Written by Jen Buck – Animal Rights Activists and PAWS Supporter –


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Kenya: A Swiss National arrested while making a pornographic movie – girls were having sex with a dog in Mombasa

Posted by African Press International on May 11, 2013


Twelve women among them a foreigner have been arrested in Nyali, Mombasa after they were found shooting a pornographic movie with a dog. - Swiss Guy arrested in Kenya on charges of pornography Guy arrested in Kenya on charges of pornography

The women and the foreigner who police identified as a Swiss national were arrested at an apartment in Nyali and cameras used in the shoot were also confiscated from the scene.

Kisauni DCIO Shadrack Juma said the apartment operates as a brothel and police raided the place last night following a tip-off.

He added that the Swiss national arrived in the country as a tourist two days ago and is believed to have been engaging in the pornography business.

He said the eleven women and the foreigner arraigned in court where they will be charged with engaging in unnatural acts.



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