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Update January 27, 2012: Horry County is looking to make stiffer penalties for animal abuse.
With the Humane Society fighting for animal cruelty laws on the state level, locals in Horry County are trying to get some tougher penalties for those who are convicted of abusing animals. Additionally Horry County is looking to better define proper animal care, including requirements for adequate food, shelter, and water for domesticated animals.
First Report 1/24/12: South Carolina is one of the only states that has no felony penalties for cockfighting, this along with other lacking standards is why the Humane Society of the United States is fighting for better animal cruelty legislation here.
The Humane Society has listed South Carolina as 48th in its annual Humane States rankings, specifically mentioning the exemption of cockfighting as a felony in our current animal cruelty laws. Senator David Thomas of Greenville also wants to introduce a bill that would ban private ownership of exotic animals in this state.
Some local business owners question the need for new laws. A representative from T.I.G.E.R.S. Wildlife Park of Horry County was at the recent meeting and expressed his concerns to WBTW News. Head on over to SCnow.com for their full report.
The Humane Society is also running a campaign against cockfighting in South Carolina featuring Christian leaders speaking out against the practice, you can read that here and watch the video below.
Be aware that the following video could be difficult to watch for sensitive viewers.