Back in November, it was preported that a Fulton County, PA man was being searched for in connection with the deaths of nearly 1000 pigs on the farm he once shared with his wife (who was seeking divorce from another state).
- Reports show that Kerron Clark, who is separated from her husband and living in another state, was granted by order of the court, the right to sell her farm in Fulton County, PA. Prior to that, her estranged husband had been living at the farm, continuing to run the day to day operations of pig farming. He left the home in August. Apparently, he did not make any arrangements for the care of the animals, but rather, it seems, up and left them all there to die of starvation! Continue reading on glowbass.com: Nasty divorce appears cause of nearly 1000 pig deaths! – National animal rights | glowbass.com http://glowbass.com/animal-rights-in-national/nasty-divorce-appears-cause-of-nearly-1000-pig-deaths#ixzz1BnGPOIwp
Two months later, Danial Clark has been sentenced for the crime, claiming that “the pigs’ deaths resulted from an agricultural disaster, explaining that an equipment malfunction caused the animals to drown in liquid manure.”
According to the people at Farm Sanctuary (Gene Baur – Founder), “Daniel Lee Clark, the Pennsylvania man charged with 832 counts of animal cruelty after hundreds of pigs were found dead and abandoned on his Fulton County property in November, was sentenced on January 7. Clark pled guilty to 10 animal cruelty counts, and the remaining 822 were dropped. His sentence: a $2500 fine.
Clark’s minimal sentence demonstrates just how weak animal cruelty laws are when it comes to farm animals. In many cases, cruelty charges are not even filed, and egregious suffering is overlooked. The fact that cruelty charges were even filed – thanks to the more than 12,000 of you who took action by contacting District Attorney Kendall – attests to some legal progress for farm animals. And, had you all not taken action on this effort, the plight of these pigs may never have been known outside of Fulton County either. While we are encouraged that farm animals are beginning to receive some recognition under the law and in our courts, it is important that we continue advocating for better legal protections and justice for farm animals who are treated with such wanton disregard.“
It is obvious from this information that harsher punishment for farm animal cruelty needs to be established in every state. If you don’t like seeing this man get away with merely a $2,500 fine for causing the deaths of 832 innocent pigs, and don’t wish to see anyone else get away with such in the future, send your demands for stronger legislation and consequences for breaking animal cruelty laws to your state representatives. Each day you wait to lend your voice to the voiceless, more animals die at the hands of someone like Daniel Clark.
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