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We have fantastic news for animals all across the country! A number of United States jurisdictions have enacted an animal offenders registry due to a growing popularity. The registry will publically reveal the names of known animal abusers in a particular area, similar to how sex offenders are registered.

As of right now, Tennessee is the only state to have an animal offenders registry, but Suffolk County, New York and Cook County, Illinois have the registry at a local level. How does such a registry work? The Tennessee Registry is monitored by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and can be accessed at the TBI or any other local country office.

Each animal abuser will have their name, date of birth, offense, conviction date, and expiration date listed. First-time animal abusers will be registered for two years. An additional five years will be added for every subsequent offense after the two years.

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Suffolk Count was the first in the country to develop an animal offenders registry. “We know there is a very strong correlation between animal abuse and domestic violence. Almost every serial killer starts out by torturing animals, so in a strange sense we could end up protecting the lives of people,” said Suffolk County legislator Jon Cooper.

Given the numbers, we need to take Cooper’s warning seriously. One study found that animal abuse occurred in 88 percent of homes where child abuse had been discovered. Another study found that up to 83 percent of women entering domestic violence shelters report that their abusers also abuse the family pet. In fact, animal abusers are five times more likely to abuse people.

By registering animal abusers, we will protect both helpless animals and the people animal abusers are more likely to abuse. While it is incredibly important to appropriately punish animal abusers, this would play an even larger role in changing the way we regard animals in our society.

If we consider the harm done to animals as equal to the harm done to members of our own species, we can begin to change cultural perceptions of animals and one day upgrade their status as “property” to that of individuals in their own right.

Share the great step of an animal abuser registry with all of the animal lovers you know!

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Dave
4 Months Ago

Punishing people seems to be the passion of many in our society. Unfortunately, this as well as sex offender registries do nothing to help protect pets or minors. It only acts as a placebo effect on the ones who have been or fear they will be victimized. Registries cost millions of tax payer dollars and do nothing to stop crime. If we are going to register sex and animal offenders, then why not all the other criminals ? The highest recidivism rates are among drug and alcohol offenders (> 85%) while sex offenders recidivism rates are <12% . These registries harm our society by unfairly identifying 1 or 2 small groups of people who then become targets in our society. Not only the offenders, but also their families. They need to be penalized for their crimes, but registries are not the way to do it. Another commenter here, "Michelle", exhibits a very common (and very disturbing) societal reaction to these criminals / crimes. Offenders who have already been punished by the courts are being re-tried and re-sentenced by vigilantes in our society based on information / misinformation found on these public registries. Last time I checked, none of us are perfect / sinless. Most people could be found guilty of committing a felony at some point in their life, but never get caught. How would you like to be listed on a registry for all to see ? Inflicting pain and suffering on an offender is no more right than it was for the offender to inflict it on their victim. We need to quit looking for blood (punishment) and start finding ways to correct bad behavior. Registries do NOT prevent crime. If someone is going to commit a crime, they will do it whether they are on a registry or not. That is the reason they are only a placebo to pacify the public and do nothing to address the real problem. Look for real solutions and not just ways to vent your anger. Registries are NOT the answer !!


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Dave
09 Jun 2017

See: https://pspca.org/2016/01/should-pennsylvania-require-animal-abusers-to-register/
In Pa, the most likely bill that would be passed would only affect "animal fighters" .
Both HB 351 and SB 527 propose to create animal abuse registries. HB 351 is the simpler of the two. It puts the burden on county sheriffs and the Pennsylvania State Police to maintain and disseminate information from an animal abuser registry. This would seem to be a substantial burden with no funding set aside from the budget to cover it but the bill applies only to those convicted of a felony-level animal cruelty offense, which, in Pennsylvania, means mainly animal fighters. The bill would have no effect on the vast majority of cruelty and neglect cases, which are only summary offenses under 18 Pa. C. S. A. Section 5511 (c)

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michelle taylor
4 Months Ago

All animal abusers must be given the death penalty.I am ready,willing and able to help enact this requirement.


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George
02 Jun 2017

So we start with you right after you kill somebody, since people are living creatures too.

Ruth Ludgater
4 Months Ago

It is about time - ALL abuse should be taken seriously. Congrats to the States that have stepped up!!


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M
4 Months Ago

Excellent news. About time. It is often the case, that animal abusers become abusers of people....so, it\'s a win for all species. GREAT !


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charlene shepperd
4 Months Ago

This is the best news I have heard. Thank God our little friends have a chance to live happy and protected.


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Cheryl
4 Months Ago

This definitely needs to be a NATIONWIDE database. What\'s to stop an animal abuser from moving, going to the local shelter (or pet store), getting another animal and doing this all over again? We have a nationwide pedophile registry, why not an animal abuse registry?


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Jennifer
31 May 2017

Absolutely, these people need to be exposed wherever they go, so that they can\'t set up shop elsewhere. It happens all too often that the same abusers are caught in a different area doing the same thing. Of course, the punishment is never hefty enough for them to stop completely.

Jennifer
4 Months Ago

Awesome! What took so long?!


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