As animal advocates, it is our duty to speak out and protect those who do not have a voice. Thankfully, several states are taking a major stand against animal abuse by instating animal abuser registries. Modeled after sex offender registries, animal abuser registries allow law enforcement, animal shelters, and adoption agencies access to animal abusers’ criminal histories, and some also allow the general public access to this information. These registries help screen potential adopters before innocent animals are handed over to them, which saves animals from a life of violence and neglect.
Although animal abuser registries are gaining momentum, Oregon is one state who has yet to get onboard with it. A petition on Care2 has been written to encourage and support Oregon to implement an animal abuser registry and participate in the national animal abuse registry. If you agree that Oregon ought to participate in this valuable program, please take a moment to sign this petition.
Animal abuse is an incredibly serious problem and numerous studies have proven that those who are violent towards animals are five times more likely to be violent towards humans. Unfortunately, cases of animal abuse often go ignored or under-punished, and it is our responsibility to speak up if we encounter instances of animal cruelty. If you suspect an animal is being abused, read this for advice on what you should do.
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