Exposing Animal Abusers – the case for Animal Abuser Registries

The case for Animal Abuser Registries.
The case for Animal Abuser Registries.

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Wouldn’t you want to know if a violent or repeat animal abuser were living next door to you and your family? Animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four times more likely to commit property crimes than are individuals without a history of animal abuse.

Convicted animal abusers pose a real, ongoing threat to your pets, your family, and your community. The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s proposed abuser registry legislation would require mandatory registration and community notification for convicted animal abusers. These laws would make a dramatic difference in keeping offenders away from potential new victims by allowing animal shelters and humane societies to more thoroughly screen potential adopters—and by alerting the public to their whereabouts.

New York City is considering legislation to start an Animal Abusers Registry.

City Council Member Peter F. Vallone, Jr. introduced the bill on September 12th 2013.

Similar to a sex offender registry, convicted Animal abusers would have their name, photograph, and home address posted on an online registry that could be searched by pet shops and animal shelters.

Convicted abusers would also be prohibited from owning an animal; violators would be subject to a $1,000 fine and a maximum of a year in jail.

But adopting such legislation may be an uphill battle, as similar measures have been defeated in other states such as Florida ,California and Virginia.

Three counties in New York — Albany, Roskland, and Suffolk — have animal abuse registries.

“New York City residents have good reason to be concerned about the activities of animal abusers, who often go on to repeat their crimes” ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells said.

“Council Member Vallone’s proposed do-not-adopt database will provide animal shelters and law enforcement with a critical tool to protect the city’s animals from becoming the next victims of a convicted abuser.


Arizona – http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/51leg/1r/bills/sb1161p.pdf  (SB1161)

Connecticut – http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=5205&which_year=2013&SUBMIT1.x=10&SUBMIT1.y=9


New York – http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S1594-2013


Hawaii – http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/SB528_.pdf  (SB528)

Massachusetts – https://malegislature.gov/Bills/BillHtml/126114?generalCourtId=11%20 (HB 1335)

https://malegislature.gov/Bills/BillHtml/122977?generalCourtId=11 ( HB 1416)

https://malegislature.gov/Bills/BillHtml/127376?generalCourtId=11 (SB 807)

Pennsylvania – http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2013&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billNbr=0265&pn=0277  (HB 265)

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2013&sessInd=0&billBody=S&billTyp=B&billNbr=0320&pn=0231   (SB 230)

South Carolina – http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess120_2013-2014/bills/3045.htm

(HB 3045)

Vermont – http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-009.pdf  (SB9)

Virginia – http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?131+ful+HB2242 (HB2242)

Washington – http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2013-14/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/1786.pdf  (HB1786)



Contact  your local representatives and let them know you want stronger laws to prosecute and incarcerate animal abusers.

Millions of animals are subjected to abuse every minute of every day.

A recognized National Registry for Animal Abusers is needed.

Once convicted of animal abuse, that person should never be allowed to have another animal again. If they are found to violate that they must go back to jail.

We need to demand better laws that make animal abuse a Felony.

Harhser punishments: longer prison terms, higher fines, mandatory community service and education.

Laws must empower police and humane societies to remove an animal from an abusive situation.

Laws must give Prosecutors a greater range of charges to bring against an abuser. Judges must be given leeway to impose harsher sentences.

Please do not sit and wait for someone else to make a difference.

You need to contact your Local reps, State reps, and even the Media.

Let them know how you feel about this issue.

Tell them that a recognized National Registry for Animal Abusers is needed.




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3 thoughts on “Exposing Animal Abusers – the case for Animal Abuser Registries”

  1. It should be mandatory in all states and countries. They should do more than just registries. People trying to sell there pets on craigslist and Facebook groups should be told somehow. Like maybe a link to a website with the list of animal abusers. They have done it for sex offenders, now they should for animal abusers.

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