Humane Events

Join Our Mailing List

Powered by Robly

Animal Abuse Registries

Implementing animal abuser registries could prevent further cruelties to both people and animals.

Implementing animal abuser registries could prevent further cruelties to both people and animals.

Several states have legislation pending that would create animal abuser registries similar to child abuser and sex offender registries. An animal abuser registry would list individuals convicted of felony animal abuse or who committed certain violent offenses against animals.

Intentional animal cruelty is of particular concern as it is a sign of psychological distress and often indicates an individual may be predisposed to committing acts of violence toward humans. Since animal abuse is often an early sign of potential human abuse, tracking animal abusers would help protect not only the animals of a community but also the people. Therefore, creating and maintaining a registry of individuals convicted of felony animal cruelty can be an asset in identifying potential criminal behavior.

Many studies in psychology, sociology, and criminology have demonstrated that violent offenders frequently have childhood and adolescent histories of serious and repeated animal cruelty. Additionally, mental health professionals and top law enforcement officials consider the blatant disregard for life and suffering evidenced by all forms of cruelty to animals to be an unquestionable warning sign. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association identifies cruelty to animals as one of the diagnostic criteria for conduct disorders; and the FBI uses reports of animal cruelty in analyzing the threat potential of suspected and known criminals.

In addition, such registries could be valuable in tracking people who engage in illegal animal fighting, such as cockfighting and dog fighting; hoarders; and those who run puppy mills.

The following states have legislation pending:

Arizona SB 1161
ConnecticutHB 5205
New YorkS2305A
Hawaii SB 0528
OregonHB 2394
PennsylvaniaHB 0265 and SB 0320
South CarolinaHB 3045
VermontS 0009
VirginiaHB 2242

NHES urges the citizens of these states to contact their legislators and encourage them to support a felony animal abuser registry in their state.

Related Posts:
Animal Abuser Registries, June 2012
Animal Abuser Registries, Feb 2012
Animal Abuser Registries, Jan 2011

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

19 responses to “Animal Abuse Registries”

  1. jackie brake says:

    My idea…I think a part of this animal abuse registry should make all Employers who are hiring and reading job applications be required by law to check their animal abuse registry in their State System before hiring employees. If said applicant is in the registry..they do not have to hire that individual for employment.

    • Jen says:

      Nice in theory I dont want my tax dollars being used to support them because they can’t find a job.

      • Christina Anderson says:

        the coalition between animal abuse, child, elderly abuse and domestic violence is 89% then there are the statistics showing the high percentage around 79% who commit even more violent crimes such as mass shootings, serial killers and rapist, a register would give a red flag to these potential activities. If you have a child or elderly parent or relative and you are looking for someone to care for them, do you not want to know all there history? More and more we are hearing about abusive groomers, vet techs and general labors at our shelters, farms and dairies, as a employer would you not want to have this information? There are other jobs available and if a person can’t find a job due to their abusive past working with animals or other vulnerable individuals, then perhaps they shouldn’t have those jobs to begin with. Those who say they can’t find a job and milk the system, will always milk the system, this will not be a deterrent.

      • JezebelBlue says:

        Most likely none of your tax dollars would go toward supporting 99.9% of people who need assistance. And, even if any of your money did go toward anyone’s public assistance it would be mere pennies. Which makes me wonder why would you sell out any ounce of your morality and ethics for a few pennies?

  2. Annette says:

    Animal abuse should be considered as criminal

  3. How do I start making it happen in Montana I want animal abuse registry in Montana

    • Edward Todd says:

      I agree too Melissa, I can’t believe we haven’t got one here….but like we say, Welcome to Montana, set your watch back 20 years. Sad!!

  4. Adele Basson says:

    Good day,

    I would like to know how you start the process/go about the whole process to establish an animal abuser registry.
    I love this initiative & would like to implement (or at least try my very best) a similar registry in South Africa.
    But I am not sure how/where to begin the whole process, I would very much appreciate it it you could guide me or provide me with any details on how I can get started, who to approach etc.

    Thank you!
    Adele

    • nhesadmin says:

      Hi Adele, thank you for the comment. I’m sorry about the delay in getting back to you. Approach your local law enforcement agencies and your local government representatives about the need for an animal abuse registry and they should be able to answer some questions for you. Good luck and thank you for supporting animals!

      • Antoinette Richardson says:

        I just sent an email to my State Rep about getting info on starting one in MI. Lets see is they respond.

        • Erika says:

          Is there a bill in Michigan pending?
          I plan on contacting my state reps but was wondering if there is any legislation pending in the state of Michigan?

          • Hi Erika,

            Michigan almost passed a bill in 2016 that would have started an animal abuser registry, but it was not passed due to expenses. Instead, Michigan passed Logan’s Law which gives animal shelters and pet stores the ability to check criminal backgrounds of people and refuse to adopt to people with histories of animal abuse convictions. There are currently no bills reintroducing an animal abuser registry in Michigan.

  5. Mark McKeen says:

    You can add North Carolina to this list (Senate Bill 423) … it is a bi-partisan effort and expectations are that it will pass and become law this year. I certainly hope so!

  6. Jeanne Fraioli says:

    Tryng to follow the passing of this bill. RIght now its states it needs to pass assemby. Do we know when that date will be?

    • Hi Jeanne,

      Which state are you referring to? There are several states with pending legislation for passing animal animal abuse registry. Please visit your state’s legislature website for information on your state’s bill, or respond to this comment with your state so we can give you specific information. Many times there is no date set for voting on a bill until a week or a few days before the vote, so keep your eyes peeled and stay up-to-date on your state’s legislative activity. As always, contact your representatives! Thank you!

  7. Ya'ira says:

    Omgsh! Seeing this makes me so happy. I honestly never thought that this day would come. Also, Adele, what you are trying to do is insanely awesome and I wish the best of luck to you. I’m happy to see that there are only comments of support for this new law! There is hope for the world after all. I made a prezi called “How Animal Abuse is Linked with Human Violence.” If you would like please take a look at it. It would be very appreciated!

  8. Wallace says:

    I’m sad that this isn’t already an international effort.

  9. Catherine Wilson says:

    My state nj governor shut down the aspca. 1000 dollar fine for cruelty to animals I want jail time…I’m currently taking a petition.. trying to get a registry. Here. Reopen the aspcas want breeders to have a lottery puppy mills closed down. I want them to be responsible for finding them a home n fixing them… fines and penalties after so many days. The breeders suffer the same penalties… breeders will pay for a lottery ticket. The proceeds from that and fines will be turned over to rescues shelters. I’m trying to push job applications have a ask would you like a dollar donated to rescues shelters?… my opinion shelters and rescues should not have to fight spend money on getting so many donations … by the way I looked up this registry animals being treated as the same as child welfare laws. It did not appear until I hit my clipboard to pull my petition up. Sorry if I’m stepping on toes. I did research … now I would like to know if I can fight or has our fight been won? Can I proceed? With my petition to help out?

    • Hi Catherine,

      The only state that has a statewide animal abuse registry is Tennessee, so we are still fighting to get them passed in the rest of the states. You do not need our permission to start your own petition! Please share your compassion for animals with everyone. It is by people like you that these laws will change. Thank you!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *