Thomas Caltagirone, Chair of the Judiciary Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, authored an animal cruelty bill that is currently languishing in the Senate even though it passed the House unanimously in March. The bill would outlaw ear cropping and “debarking” of dogs. Mr. Caltagirone is tired of waiting. He has declared that no one else’s bill will cross his transom until the Senate acts on his. None. Since he chairs a rather important committee, his threat carries significant heft. I will look forward to and hope soon to hear about the bill’s forthcoming passage.
One rarely finds politicians willing to go to the mat for animals. It is therefore a privilege and a delight to salute those who do. Bravo, Representative Caltagirone. Bravo.