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Illinois: Support the Appointment of an Animal Advocate in Criminal Cases

Illinois: Support the Appointment of an Animal Advocate in Criminal Cases

Name: Appointment of Special Advocate for Animals

Bill Number: SB 1442/HB 2981

The appointment of special advocates to represent the interests of animals in court is an important component in ensuring that the health and safety of the animal is considered in any proceeding. This bill would allow the court to appoint a special advocate from a pool of pro bono attorneys and law students to ensure that justice is served for animals in criminal cases involving animals.

 

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Allow Special Advocates to Represent the Interests of Animals in Cruelty Cases

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for SB 1442/HB 2981, which would allow the court to appoint a special advocate to assist the court in protecting the health and safety of an animal in the prosecution of a criminal case involving animals.

In cases charging animal abuse and cruelty, the welfare of the animals is overlooked, except in the most cursory fashion to ensure that they are provided with their basic needs, generally in the custody of an animal control facility. In some cases, such as dog fighting, the evidence may not sustain a conviction and animals may be ordered to be returned to their owners, despite clear signs of abuse or neglect. In cases where animals are just ancillary to other criminal charges, their interests may not be considered at all.

These bills would allow the appointment of an advocate to address the needs of the animals, providing free assistance to the court in determining what those needs may be.

Please give your support to the legislation to benefit criminal court proceedings and animals.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]