Governor Wolf Signs Animal Cruelty Prevention Bill

first_imgGovernor Wolf Signs Animal Cruelty Prevention Bill June 28, 2017 Animal Welfare,  Bill Signing,  Environment,  Press Release,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed the animal cruelty prevention bill at a public celebration surrounded by advocates and members of the legislature.Act 10, House Bill 1238, was introduced by Rep. Todd Stephens, and updates and clarifies the existing animals abuse statutes and increases the penalties for abusing animals.“I am proud to sign the Animal Abuse Statute Overhaul into effect today, strengthening the penalty for animal abuse and neglect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “Today is a day of celebration for all Pennsylvanians, and animal-lovers everywhere and I am proud to be a part of the true collaboration that helped make this landmark legislation a reality.”The overhaul bill includes:mandatory forfeiture of the abused animal to an animal shelter if the abuser is convictedstipulations to dog tetheringincreased protection for horsescivil immunity for veterinarians, veterinarian technicians, and humane society police officers to prevent frivolous lawsuits against these professionals when reporting animal cruelty in good faith“Today we are sending a clear message that Pennsylvania will not tolerate animal cruelty in our state and will punish offenders to the fullest extent of the law,” Rep. Stephens said. “This is the most comprehensive animal protection bill in the Commonwealth’s history and would not have been possible without the determined efforts of my colleagues in the House and Senate, the Governor and the thousands of advocates who contacted their elected officials expressing their support for the bill.”“The story of Libre’s shocking mistreatment and miraculous recovery helped spur a broader discussion of how we can better protect animals,” said Sen. Rich Alloway. “The result is a bill that not only toughens penalties against abusers, but also spells out the kind of treatment that is dangerous and unacceptable. Our pets are part of our families and depend on us for their care, so it’s far past time that we ensure abusers face a punishment that matches the heinous nature of the crime.”“Governor Tom Wolf’s signature today on House Bill 1238 marks a new era in Pennsylvania,” Rep. Ryan Bizzarro said. “Act 10, which takes effect in 60 days, is literally a new lease on life for the animals that depend on us for care, comfort and compassion. “Act 10 will help put an end to instances of torture and extreme neglect that are too rampant. Our animal friends deserve better.”“The passing of House Bill 1238 is an historic legislative step toward protecting the animals of Pennsylvania from abuse and neglect. We applaud the Pennsylvania General Assembly for their wisdom and actions in humane leadership to move this legislation forward to Governor Wolf to sign into law,” said Kristen Tullo, Pennsylvania State Director, Humane Society of the United States. “Animal advocates from across the state and country deserve much credit as they joined forces in support of this legislation to make a difference toward passage of the bill.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Sadio Mane seals Southampton’s Premier League win against Swansea

first_img Centre-half Van Dijk, the £13million deadline-day signing from Celtic, headed an early opener before Dusan Tadic struck at the start of the second half. Mane then added the third to make it nine goals for free-scoring Saints this week following their Capital One Cup demolition of MK Dons. But Southampton gave themselves some breathing space in the 54th minute when Pelle’s neat chip sent Tadic scampering in behind. The Serbian midfielder looked to have gone too wide but as he cut back inside and shot, the ball looped up off the boot of Ki and flew over Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. And just as Saints fans began regaling their Welsh visitors with a chorus of Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Mane popped up with his fourth goal of the season. Ashley Williams only half-cleared after Pelle prodded the ball goalwards and Mane was on hand to guide a precise, low shot inside Fabianski’s right-hand post from 20 yards. Swansea did at least manage a consolation, ending their recent goal drought, after Neil Taylor was brought down by Jose Fonte in the 82nd minute and Sigurdsson stepped up to tuck in the spot-kick. TWEET OF THE MATCH “@RonaldKoeman: Not our best game but high efficiency and important points! #SaintsFC” – The Southampton boss obviously wanted more from his side despite a comfortable win. RATINGS Southampton Maarten Stekelenburg: 6 Cedric Soares: 6 Jose Fonte: 6 Virgil van Dijk: 7 Ryan Bertrand: 7 Steven Davis: 7 Dusan Tadic: 7 Victor Wanyama: 7 James Ward-Prowse: 6 Sadio Mane: 8 Graziano Pelle: 7 Subs Oriol Romeu: 6 Jay Rodriguez: 6 Swansea Lukasz Fabianski: 5 Neil Taylor: 6 Ashley Williams: 5 Federico Fernandez: 5 Kyle Naughton: 5 Ki Sung-Yeung: 5 Jack Cork: 5 Gylfi Sigurdsson: 5 Jonjo Shelvey: 6 Andre Ayew 5 Bafetimbi Gomis 5 Subs Eder: 5 Jefferson Montero: 5 Leon Britton: 5 STAR PLAYER Sadio Mane: The Senegalese forward looked in the mood from the first whistle and caused Swansea problems all afternoon. Deserved to cap his performance with a goal. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Mane’s goal: Williams only half-cleared the ball and Mane was calm enough to guide the ball inside Fabianski’s left-hand post from 20 yards. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Swansea came to soak up Southampton pressure and maybe hit them on the break. It didn’t work. Southampton’s slick attacking trio of Pelle, Tadic and Mane were too good for the visitors. MOAN OF THE MATCH Swansea leaving Bafetimbi Gomis isolated up front: The French striker always looks a threat when he is on the ball, but cannot do much without it. Might as well have not been on the pitch. WHO’S UP NEXT Chelsea v Southampton (Premier League, Saturday October 3) Swansea v Tottenham (Premier League, Sunday October 4) Swansea, by contrast, are now without a win from their last four matches, although they at least registered their first goal in that stretch when Gylfi Sigurdsson tucked away a penalty. However, the Swans were well beaten by then, as Saturday’s first England-versus-Wales showdown went to the home side. The Swans could have taken the lead in the sixth-minute when Maarten Stekelenburg parried Jonjo Shelvey’s shot into the path of Ki Sung-Yueng. But unfortunately for Ki, the South Korean midfielder’s finish would have looked more at home at Twickenham as he blazed high over the crossbar. Saints began to threaten after Victor Wanyama robbed Andre Ayew and fed Graziano Pelle, who teed up Mane for a shot which he dragged across goal and inches wide. And the opening goal arrived in the 10th minute when Van Dijk shook off the attentions of his marker, former Saint Jack Cork, to power in a near-post header from James Ward-Prowse’s corner. Swansea briefly threatened to rally before half-time but Shelvey’s shot flew over and Stekelenburg saved well low down from Ki. Garry Monk made a double change at half-time, hauling off Cork and the ineffective Bafetimbi Gomis. Virgil van Dijk’s first goal in England and Sadio Mane’s third in a week helped fire Southampton to a 3-1 win over Swansea. Press Associationlast_img read more