Dear Editor,

Last week, Gov. Ralph Northam signed into law legislation that makes animal cruelty a Class 6 felony, punishable by a fine up to $2,500 and five years in prison.  The bill was dubbed “Tommie’s Law,” named after a Pit Bull who died of injuries sustained by cruelty.

But how does the Governor square his signing of that bill with his comments during a radio interview two months ago when he all but endorsed infanticide?

Forget about the baby humans.  It is dogs and cats the Governor wants to protect.  

Under the new law set to take effect July 1, anyone who “tortures, willfully inflicts inhumane injury or pain” or “cruelly and unnecessarily beats, maims or mutilates any dog or cat” can be found guilty of a Class 6 felony, punishable by a fine up to $2,500 and five years in prison.  

Don’t get me wrong.  I abhor animal cruelty.  But what about affording protection to a baby, before it is suctioned from its mother’s womb?

 C. W. Trauernicht

McLean

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