Nikki Moustaki, author of “Parrots for Dummies” and many other great parrot books, is currently on a campaign to get the Ohio House of Representatives to reintroduce Nitro’s law and hopefully pass it again. Nitro’s law, formerly House Bill number 70, would increase the penalty for serious or egregious acts of animal abuse by the animal’s caretaker to a fifth degree felony, which would be punishable by a year in jail per count. Ohio’s current laws are among the weakest in the nation, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
Nitro’s law was named for Nitro, a Rottweiler that was left in the care of a boarding kennel in Youngstown, OH, while his family attended to a sick family member out of state. The facility owner was sentenced to four months in jail and a small fine after four misdemeanor charges were brought against him for the negligent deaths of Nitro and six other dogs, and twelve other dogs that were found starving. The AKC revoked his privileges for ten years and fined him an additional $2,000.00.
Only four states do not consider animal cruelty a felony, and nine states do not count first time offenses as a felony. Ohio is one of those states. Nitro’s law did pass the House of Representatives on its first round, but died in the Senate at the end of 2010, when the Senate failed to take it up during session. Nikki is committed to bringing attention to this injustice by eating dog food every day, beginning Feb. 1, 2011, and chronicling her protest on YouTube, until the Bill is reintroduced into the House. She intends to push this matter and see to it being passed this time around.
You can help Nikki by joining in her protest, and eating dog food once a day until the end. If enough people join in, it will draw much needed attention to the Bill, and hopefully the politicians in Ohio will respond. So go to Nikki’s web site and help her today.