Knowing the law is very important to avoid charges. A lack of understanding or knowledge of a law is not an acceptable defense to use in the courtroom. With laws always changing, it is important to stay on top of those that could affect you. One example is a new federal animal cruelty law. Since it is a federal law, it applies to every state equally, including Ohio.
The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act would be the first federal law directly outlawing the torture of animals. Currently, laws are at the state level only, which allows for variances and difficulties with enforcement. This Act, which seeks to define and prevent the torture of animals and allows for a sentence of up to seven years imprisonment for violators, has passed the House and is awaiting a vote in the Senate.
This Act is a bipartisan effort that has support from a wide range of people regardless of political views. It receives a lot of support from law enforcement and domestic violence organizations as cases of animal cruelty often lead to violent crimes against people. In being able to stop people from abusing animals, law enforcement feels it can address issues and prevent these same people from moving onto human victims.
Sometimes, when it comes to animal cruelty cases, it can be tricky to defend against claims. If this Act becomes law, it will be especially important to mount a good defense since these are federal charges. So, if you end up in such a situation, you may want to seek the advice of an attorney.
Source: The New York Times