For first time in 13 years, Kentucky not ranked worst state for animal protection laws

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WEHT) – For the first time in 13 years, Kentucky does not rank as the worst state for animal protection laws according to the US State Animal Protection Laws Rankings Report.

The report is published by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

In the latest report, Kentucky changed from 50th to 47th.

Mississippi is now ranked 50th, followed by Iowa at 49 and New Mexico at 48.

Illinois took first place for the 13th year in a row as the state with the strongest animal protection laws.

Kentucky’s slightly better ranking this year is attributed to its new law criminalizing the sexual abuse of animals.

Click here to read the full rankings.

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(This story was originally published on January 24, 2020)

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