Tennessee Passes Law To Protect Animals

Unfortunately, millions of people from all across the globe still abuse animals, including in developed countries like the US and European nations. Some people practice animal abuse as a part of long-standing cultural practices, but many others just abuse animals because of their twisted and depraved personalities.

The good news is that there is hope on the horizon, at least in the US. This new hope is the idea of a registry for animal abusers so that they can’t just move to another city or state and begin to abuse animals all over again.

The idea that animal abuse offenders should be required to join a registry is becoming more prevalent throughout the United States. A number of jurisdictions in the US have already implemented an animal offenders registry, which works much like the more well-known sex offenders registry.

With a registry, animal abuse offenders’ identities are publicly known in their area of residence. The registry would also be a big boon for pet stores and shelters, so they can make sure they are not giving an animal to someone on an animal abuser registry list.

Note that as of 2017, Tennessee is the only state that requires an animal abuser registry, but counties in a number of other states including Suffolk County, NY, Hillsborough County, Florida, and Cook County, Illinois have passed laws establishing local animal offender registries. A few other states, including Connecticut, Washington, and Texas, are considering or have implemented similar animal abuser registry concepts.

An animal abuse registry will have identifying information for a known abuser, including name, date of birth, offense, conviction date, and expiration date of requirement to remain on the registry. First-time abusers will stay on the registry for two years and additional offenses can lead to inclusion for five years after the initial expiration date for every additional offense.

Suffolk County legislator Jon Cooper who supports an animal abuse registry in Chicago notes: “We know there is a very strong correlation between animal abuse and domestic violence,” adding, “Almost every serial killer starts out by torturing animals, so in a strange sense we could end up protecting the lives of people.”

The registry will also include a photo and any aliases the person goes by. Keep in mind that if an animal abuser doesn’t register, the crime could result in a $1,000 fine and up to a year in prison.

A number of people commented on a Facebook post about implementing an animal abuse registry, with one commenter noting:

“No doubt in my mind that there SHOULD be a registry for animal abusers. Just like children, animals are often vulnerable and certainly can’t tell anyone when they’ve been harmed."

"Anyone who does this deserves to lose their anonymity.”

Another poster wrote:

“Yes. When someone abuses animals, chances are they are or will abuse humans."

"They should not be allowed to own another animal.”

A third commenter remarked that having the registry information would make her feel safer:

“Absolutely! I don’t want to live near an animal abuser," she said.

"Nor would I like for my dog to accidentally get off her leash and end up in an animal abusers yard…Too many messed up people in this world.”

Source: AWM
Photo: Rebrn, Arizona Humane Society, tn.gov, YouTube

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