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Animal Abusers Beware

Animal Abusers Beware

Abusing a helpless animal is often viewed as one of the lowest and cruelest things a person can do.  Legislators in California are working on putting together something entirely new to combat against offenders who have caused harm to animals, an animal-abuser registry.  The way the animal-abuser registry would work is very similar to how the sex offender registry works in that it will keep a public list of known and convicted abusers of animals.  California was the first state to adopt the sex offender registry and is now looking to be the first for the animal-abuser registry.

A recent article from Time magazine reported about the pull for the abuser list.  The main goal of the animal-abuser registry would be to allow animal adoption agencies and shelters access to a list of people they should restrict from adopting pets. 

Aside from reporting about people who maim and kill animals, the bill would also help to publicly report those who have taken part in animal-fighting rings and people who have the tendency to hoard multiple animals in unsanitary conditions.  Proponents of the registry also claim the registry will help law enforcement detect people who may have the tendency to harm others since abusing animals can be a precursor to violence to humans. 

Animal abusers may think twice about harming their pets if they know they could one day be added to a list of offenders for all the world to see.  Authors of the bill are hopeful that it will pass, but they may have to get creative in order to find a way to fund the registry in the failing economy.

What do you think of the idea of having an animal-abuser registry?

Is this something you would like to see in your state some day?

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  • greentoe32 By greentoe32
    03.30.10  

    I whole-heartedly support this idea. I have always thought that there should be more restrictive screening on people adopting pets from shelters.

  • rileypark By rileypark
    04.03.10  

    I stongly think the laws should be much tougher on animal abusers. Studies for years have shown that people who abuse innocent animals often become more dangerous towards people too.

  • Marylandgurl2002 By Marylandgurl2002
    04.13.10  

    I believe this is a faboulous idea. Animals should not be harmed in any way. We as people have to stand up for them as they can not speak. They have faces that do not speak our language and we needto help them.

  • MyEmptyCanvas By MyEmptyCanvas
    04.20.10  

    "What do you think of the idea of having an animal-abuser registry?" -- That is a good idea. People who abuse animals have no heart. "Is this something you would like to see in your state some day?" -- Yes Indeed.

  • Orchid25 By Orchid25
    04.27.10  

    I love the idea, I'd love to see a registry for them in the future. Animal abusers should get the same penalty as other abusers. For the people that think animals have no souls... they are completely wrong. Animals hurt just like us either physically or emotionally. And they love their owners (the ones that love them back that is)

  • izzypup By izzypup
    05.27.10  

    I think this is a wonderful idea. It is something that every state should have. I agree that penalty for animal abuse should be more harsh than it is. It breaks my heart to see animal abuse stories in the newspaper and most of the time the only punishment the abusers get is a fine. An animal has feelings and can experience pain like people so why shouldn't the punishment be more than a fine.

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