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Letter: This bill will protect animals

Regarding comments from Patricia Morris on House Bill 110 on Reporting Animal Cruelty (“This bill violates the Constitution,” Monitor letter, Dec. 16):

Morris assists in many animal cruelty investigations and prosecutions. Of all people, she should understand the value of this proposed change in the cruelty laws. I believe she objects to this change because her law practice is primarily based on animal rights in New Hampshire.

Animal rights and animal welfare are two distinctly different things. One is concerned with the rights of an animal; the other is concerned with the welfare of an animal. It’s important to remember that this bill was introduced to protect more animals.

Cruelty is for the authorities to determine, not the citizens. The police depend on the public to notify them if they believe they are witnessing cruelty. The primary goal is to stop it and to protect the animal involved. If a concerned citizen suspects a problem, it makes no sense to say nothing and allow it to continue.

Yes, there is a fine for allowing cruelty to continue. A person who does not report cruelty ASAP is as guilty as the person actually hurting the animal for allowing it to continue.

I urge you to contact your representatives and ask them to vote Yes on the amended version of HB 110 to protect New Hampshire animals from suspected cruelty.

JOYCE ARIVELLA

New Boston

(The writer is president of Dog Owners of the Granite State.)

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