Report: Utah has Weakest Animal Abuse Laws in Country

Report: Utah has Weakest Animal Abuse Laws in Country

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) -- The Animal Legal Defense Fund says in a new report that Utah has the weakest laws in the country when it comes to animal abuse.

The report says animal abusers get off in Utah too easily. Animal torture is not a felony in Utah.

Along with Utah, Alaska, Arkansas, Kentucky, and North Dakota round out the report's list of the five "best states to be an animal abuser."

Besides no felony animal cruelty provision, the report says Utah has inadequate animal fighting provisions, and no provisions to help offset costs of caring for abused animals.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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