Animals Finally Have A Reprieve From Potential Abusers.
Animal Rights Legislature is passing in some counties, that would make it so an abuser, would be put in a registry much like a sex offender. The registry would help to prevent abusers from repeating a horrible cycle of abuse.
The hope is that a registry like this would become nationwide and enforceable. As it currently stands it is not a widely accepted law. So far a few counties in New York have registries countywide, while Tenessee is the first to have its registry statewide. Arizona and Massachusetts are currently looking into legislation to follow suit.
There are animal abuse laws in place Nationwide, however, a registry would help to prevent further abuse. Law enforcement agencies are interested in these records for more than just animal rights. Studies show that those who are willing to harm animals are more likely to commit violent offenses against people.
“There are different degrees of abuse. There are offenders who intentionally kill or torture animals, or who are engaged in dogfighting. On the other end of the spectrum, there are pet owners who have an inadequate doghouse,” Shatkin said. “We wouldn’t want to paint both types of offenders with the same brush.”
Among the skeptics is the Humane Society of the United States, whose president and chief executive, Wayne Pacelle, wrote in 2010 that the “overwhelming proportion of animal abuse is perpetrated by people who neglect their own animals” and are unlikely to commit violence against other people and pets.
“Such individuals would pose a lesser threat to animals in the future if they received comprehensive mental health counseling,” Pacelle wrote at the time. “Shaming them with a public Internet profile is unlikely to affect their future behavior — except perhaps to isolate them further from society and promote increased distrust of authority figures trying to help them.”
In an email Monday, Pacelle said he and the HSUS don’t oppose animal abuse registries but believe tougher enforcement — such as felony charges and the FBI’s data collection — are likely to “produce better outcomes.”
“This will be a very useful and objective tool for us to lean on when it comes to denying adopters,” one adoption counselor was quoted as saying. “Now, it won’t just be our gut instinct — we have actual documentation to lean on.”