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

Holloway reveals late Zaha bid

first_img Press Association “All I can talk about is how I felt when certain things were out there – that he didn’t care, he wasn’t putting it in and his heart wasn’t with us when we were having a dodgy spell. “It just wasn’t true. He couldn’t help us more if he tried – he was trying too hard. Nothing pleased me more in the final that he won a penalty and we scored. “Against Brighton away he got two – fantastic. What more would that boy need to do for Crystal Palace if he isn’t a legend already?” Holloway was full of praise for Zaha, whose legacy he believes “will be very, very difficult for anyone to emulate”. The Palace boss also thinks you would be hard pushed to find a better place for the winger to take his talent to the next level. “They produce and nurture talent,” Holloway said. “I remember Cristiano Ronaldo a few years ago doing 15million step-overs and getting nowhere. And now look what he does. “Who has helped? I would suggest it is Man United and the attitude of the club. I am delighted for him. “He will have to learn about being a big club and what that means but I am so proud of that boy, I can’t tell you.” The 20-year-old is now at Old Trafford full-time but is unlikely to feature when the sides meet on Saturday given he has yet to make his Premier League debut for David Moyes’ side. Holloway is not surprised by the fact Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor has not yet played him and is part of the reason why he tried to bring him back on loan. When asked the last time he tried to re-sign Zaha, Holloway said: “The day the window shut. Just in case. “I think out of respect to them I knew damn well they wouldn’t do it. What would that look like? And there will be enough competitions to give him some games. “I have been continually asking because the person who brought him isn’t there anymore. “I think from Wilf’s point of view it would be much easier for Sir Alex to play him. “David has just gone in and sometimes with Wilf it is a risk as he doesn’t always track back. “But I think his career at Man United will be a success because of the boy that he is. David will select him at the right time, which is completely right. Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway tried to bring Wilfried Zaha back from Manchester United up until the very last moment of the transfer window. A graduate of the south Londoners’ academy, the winger joined Manchester United in January for a reported £15million. Despite the move, Zaha returned to Palace on loan for the remainder of the season and furthered his fans’ favourite status by helping propel the club back to the Premier League. last_img read more

US kids golf Kolkata leg on Jan 3

first_imgKolkata: Fifty kids in the age group of six to 18 years will vie for top honours in the fourth leg of the US Kids Golf at the Tollygunge Club here from Thursday.With an aim to unearth talented youngsters at the grassroots level, the US Kids Golf is making its maiden foray in India with a full Tour consisting of eight tournaments to be held across six cities in the country.The Kolkata leg will have 50 competitions in different age groups in boys and girls categories with 20 from outside Kolkata.Delhi has already three legs, and after Kolkata the Tour will move south with Eagleton Golf Resort Bengaluru, Boulder Hills Golf and Country Club, Hyderabad before Chandigarh Golf Club and Poona Club Golf Course hosting the final two legs.The winner will be decided on point system as they will make the cut for the World Championship in Pinehurst and European Championship in Scotland later this year, president of US Kids Golf India Rajesh Srivastava said here.Explaining their vision, he said: “The main aim is to select and identify talented golfers across India and give them proper training and International exposure in Europe and America.”The subsequent edition of US Kids Golf India Tour 2019-20 is slated to be a year-long tour, with zonal and regional tournaments, culminating in a national championship.”It’s about making golf a common man’s game. Now it’s considered an elite sport. But we at the US Kids want to change the notion. We feel Indian boys and girls are hugely talented. It’s about tapping the talent and make it a common man’s sport. Everyone should play,” he added.The US Kids Golf is also supplying equipment for juniors at susbsidised rates of around 40000, he said. IANSAlso Read: Sports Newslast_img read more