Kentucky is the worst state for animal abuse laws, according to a report from the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
The group looked at all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. Kentucky finished last, for the fifth year in a row. Among other things, the group cites the lack of felony provisions for extreme neglect and abandonment, the lack of restrictions on future animal ownership by people convicted of animal abuse crimes, and inadequate animal fighting laws.
Illinois was the best state on the list. Mississippi, which was in the bottom five a year ago, is now 30th, thanks to some changes in state laws.