Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington have all introduced bills to establish animal abuser registries.
NHES supports legislation that will create animal abuser registries for those convicted of felony animal abuse or who committed certain violent offenses against animals. The registries, modeled after sex offender and arson registries, would collect and publish the names of individuals who have been convicted of animal abuse within the state. If an offender moves to a state with such a registry, he or she would have to register with police within days of moving. Such registries can include the offender’s name, aliases, address, place of employment, nature of the offense, and photo. Such information would be posted online.
Keeping track of animal abusers would help protect not just the animals of a community but the humans as well. Animal cruelty poses a definite risk to a community and society as a whole. Intentional animal cruelty is of particular concern as it is a sign of psychological distress and often indicates an individual may be predisposed to committing acts of violence toward humans. Maintaining a registry of individuals convicted of felony animal cruelty will help protect the animals and humans of a state where such a registry exists.
Take Action: If you are a resident of these states, please contact your legislators urging them to support bills creating an animal abuser registry. If you are not a resident of these states and your state does not have such legislation, contact your legislators urging them to introduce legislation creating an animal abuser registry.