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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

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6 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.

  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!

    • 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!

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