It's a very sad comment on a society that needs to implement a law like this when common decency should dictate that this should already be the case. Currently animal abuse is a felony in all 50 states. Also, why is this confined to only "companion" animals? The meat and dairy industry puts sentient beings through this kind of torture on a daily basis. When will our government acknowledge that ALL sentient beings deserve this kind of protection? Non-human animals, like human ones, are here WITH us, not FOR us.