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The legal system so often fails animals that it’s great to be able to celebrate victories when they come along. Animal abuse is a heinous crime, and when prosecutors are able to bring justice against these criminals, that in itself is a victory. Now, New York City is taking animal welfare one step further by solidifying a city-wide animal abuser registry.

Late last year, New York City Council approved the registry, however it was soon after vetoed by Mayor Bloomberg. Yet, now, according to Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), “The New York City Council voted unanimously to override former Mayor Bloomberg’s veto and create a city-wide animal abuser registry across the five boroughs.”


So, what will the registry accomplish? It will “compile the names of convicted animal abusers and prohibit them from having any contact with animals for a minimum of five years. Shelters, Pet Stores and other entities in NYC also will be required to consult the registry before adopting out or selling an animal to anyone, and forbidden from transferring an animal to anyone on the list.”

NYC is the largest jurisdiction to implement such a registry, says the ALDF. Thankfully, it’s not the only one who’s keen on the idea. Michigan and Illinois are also on track to create animal abuser registries.

In Michigan’s version, “People convicted of animal-abuse crimes would be placed into the Internet Criminal History Access Tool database — a system set up by the Michigan State Police to allow the public to search for criminal offenders.”

Lawmakers in Illinois plan to be the first to take part in ALDF’s national Do Not Adopt Registry. This registry would “compile animal abuse conviction data into one, uniform database and make it accessible across state lines…provide shelters, rescues, pet stores and individuals all over the country with one site to better screen potential adopters and customers to ensure they have not been convicted of animal abuse crimes, such as dog fighting or hoarding.”

These two issues, dog fighting and hoarding, are two major reasons behind the implementation of animal abuser registries across the United States.

The ALDF says, “Up until now there has been no official mechanism to prevent someone convicted of animal abuse from simply walking into a shelter or going on Craigslist and acquiring a new animal to abuse.”

We’re happy to see different states and cities taking the initiative to stop the cycle of animal abuse, and hope to see Michigan’s legislation reach fruition.

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78 comments on “NYC Creates City-Wide Animal Abuser Registry, Others to Follow”

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jan c
2 Years Ago

Bloomberg is a POS

jan c
2 Years Ago

Mayer Bloomberg is a POS

Tracy Wilmoth
2 Years Ago

The first people to be placed on the list should be the kill shelters where they murder innocent animals simply because they don't have a home.

Andrea Pyles
2 Years Ago

What does it take to make this law a nationwide law? Unless every state unites in the registry it is to easy to go accross state lines and get animals.

Irene Poelz
2 Years Ago

This WiLL SAVE ANIMALS LIVES and hope that other states and the world will do the same. This will also help children as domestic violence is usually done to the pet first in front of the children.

Wendy South
2 Years Ago


Jessica Johansson
2 Years Ago

Great! :-D We need the same in the UK

09 Feb 2014

Hi there Jessica Im also from UK. I was thinking the same thing as you and to be honest Im thinking of getting this one started over here. Where are you based in UK?. Im down on South Coast.

Luz de Bain
2 Years Ago

Great !!

Hilmar Cann
2 Years Ago

:D (y)

Kevin Cove
2 Years Ago



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