FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Animal advocates gathered at the Capitol on Wednesday in support of stronger animal protection laws.
The group Kentuckians Vote For Animals rallied to show the General Assembly that laws in Kentucky must improve to protect animals from cruelty and neglect.
A spokesperson for the organization said that Kentucky has been ranked as the worst state for animal protection for more than a decade.
They marched at the Capitol in Frankfort chanting, “no excuse for animal abuse.”
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Signs at the rally read, “Times up. Ky has been the WORST state for animals for more than a DECADE,” “Get Ky out of last place,” “Make a reality Jail 4 Beastiality,” and more.
“To put it in perspective, Puerto Rico, they’re trying but they have things like dead dog beach where there are thousands of dogs running stray and people use them as target practice on the beach. They rank better than Kentucky,” said animal advocate Mychelle Lawson. “The simple act of animal sexual assault is not illegal in this state and you cannot get in trouble even if they caught you right in front of them.”
Currently, animal abuse is not a felony in Kentucky and advocates want to change that. They hope that this legislative session can make changes possible.