Animal abusers aren’t just dangerous to animals. They’re a danger to other people as well. There’s a proven connection between cruelty to animals and violence to humans. That’s why it’s even more important to punish animal abusers appropriately, for the protection of both animals and humans. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act became law just a few months ago, making animal abuse a federal crime. But in most states, animal abusers are still able to adopt and own pets even after being convicted.

There are only 15 states that have any laws preventing known abusers from adopting animals. About half of them have a limit on how long a judge can prevent someone from owning an animal, usually 5 years or so. In some places in New York City and Chicago, abusers aren’t allowed to adopt but because there is no national registry, they can go to another county to adopt a pet.


The following states do not have laws on the books that prevent abusers from owning pets:  Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio, North Dakota, North Carolina, & New York.

Penalties punishing animal abuse are already quite light and not fitting enough for the crimes. If these criminals are given lighter sentences, there should at least be measures that prevent it from happening again. Sign this petition demanding laws that ban animal abusers from having pets in all states!

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