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Sunday, January 21 News

Letters to the Editor: House bill could stop animal cruelty...

To the Editor:

Last month, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., to crack down on extreme animal cruelty, taking a critical step toward enactment of the first general federal animal cruelty law. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, if approved by the House of Representatives, would prohibit malicious animal cruelty that occurs in interstate commerce or on federal property, providing federal enforcement authority to supplement state anti-cruelty frameworks.

The PACT Act would help address bestiality, which often involves transporting animals across state lines and the use of internet forums to facilitate the abuse — and is often linked to child pornography and other sexual crimes. Our society has long agreed that cruelty to animals should not be tolerated, and the PACT Act reflects these common-sense values.

We thank Sen. Blumenthal for his leadership and urge the House to move quickly to pass the PACT Act into law.

Wayne Pacelle

President and CEO of the

Humane Society of the United States

To the Editor:

We need a serious comparison of the costs and benefits of tolls vs. higher gas taxes.

Some obvious issues are:

Costs: It should cost next to nothing to raise gas taxes, while tolls might involve significant capital and operating costs.

Equity: It would seem fair that all drivers pay a share of maintaining and improving roads, not just ones using particular highways.

Contribution from drivers from out-of-state: How would the two options compare?

Congestion pricing: Would a toll system really be put at locations that enable effective congestion pricing? Border tolls would not do so. Could congestion pricing really be fair and effective in a state with limited alternative transportation options and limited number of lanes on highways?

Peter Moss

Greenwich

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