First Strike and You're Out!
Contact your state legislators today and ask them to support a "First Strike and You're Out" law for those who are convicted of animal neglect or cruelty.
Hoarding is very difficult to prevent, but it can be stopped. In the short term, neglected and abused animals need to be removed from a hoarder’s property, but only long term changes to animal law can prevent hoarding. That is why the Animal Legal Defense Fund is urging states to adopt a First Strike and You're Out law—a model law written by ALDF that would prevent animal abusers from having the chance to harm other animals.
Take action now to help animals! Send a letter to your state representatives in one easy-click, urging them to support ALDF’s First Strike and You're Out law.
Currently, most states have no mandatory requirements keeping those who are convicted of animal abuse crimes away from animals following their convictions—despite the fact that offenders have demonstrated, through their actions, their utter disregard for the welfare of animals, and that recidivism in hoarding cases can reach 100%.
ALDF’s First Strike and You're Out law provides another tool to help combat animal neglect and cruelty by mandating that those who are convicted of a violation of their state animal protection laws are prohibited from owning or having contact with animals for a set period of time, ranging from five years for a first misdemeanor offense up to the lifetime of the offender following a second felony offense.
Enacting a First Strike and You're Out law in your state will help in the fight against animal neglect and cruelty by keeping offenders away from potential new animal victims, which would, for example, help stem the high rate of recidivism often associated with animal hoarding. This proposal will also help reduce the huge economic toll which repeat offenders impose on their communities—hoarding cases in particular are very costly, often requiring the cooperation of several local agencies. Find more information on ALDF's First Strike and You're Out law here.