I don't normally like to mix politics with business. I believe that we all have a right to our opinions and must vote our consciences. A bi-partisan bill has been introduced that I believe is important for women facing domestic violence and their pets.
Here are some statistics that I found from the Humane Society:
Correlation with domestic violence
Data on domestic violence and child abuse cases reveal that a staggering number of animals are targeted by those who abuse their children or spouses.
I volunteered at a Women's Shelter when I lived in Arkansas. When I think back to those days, I remember a young pregnant woman on her way to work. She was very young - early twenties probably. She was very pregnant. She had a toddler with her because she didn't have childcare. She had a splint on one of her fingers and a sling on the other arm. She was a pretty young woman. I remember wondering, "who does this?" A few years later, I experienced domestic violence from an ex-boyfriend. I obtained a restraining order - but I never left my dog outside in the backyard alone again. I was always worried that the ex was going to come by while I was working to harm my dog. I never really relaxed again until I moved out of the state. I don't think about those days much any more. I don't think of myself as a victim, a survivor, or any other label associated with domestic violence. I am just a woman. The odds that a woman will face abuse or violence at some point in her life are pretty grim. We can be careful about who we let into our homes. We can take self-defense classes and carry pepper spray. Sometimes it only takes a single bad choice, being in the wrong place, talking to the wrong person. Often, it is through no fault of ours at all. Far too often, it is someone that we know - someone that claims to love us. If this bill helps keep women (and their pets) safer and punishes those that victimize them more harshly, I am completely in agreement with it. It is hard enough worrying about your own safety, starting over again, and trying to put these acts behind you. A valued family pet shouldn't have to be lost as well.