Bristol, CT Passes Ordinance to Reduce Cat Overpopulation

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To the city council of Bristol, Connecticut for issuing an ordinance to decrease cat overpopulation through mandatory spay and neuter.

Two CatsIn a recent news article, Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, a Bristol City Councilwoman, related the terms of an ordinance that was passed concerning feral cat overpopulation in the area. It is volunteer-based and complaint-driven. Under the new ordinance, anyone with a cat over the age of six months will be required to have him or her spayed or neutered. Those who disregard the ordinance could face a $90 fine. The ordinance aims to decrease the feral cat population in the area.

Take Action: Please contact your city council to request a mandatory spay and neuter ordinance to be passed in your city.

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Update to Connecticut’s HB 6329 Regarding Classroom Dissection

Connecticut legislators have passed HB 6329, which would give students the choice of participating in classroom dissection of animals.

Connecticut legislators have passed HB 6329, which would give students the choice of participating in classroom dissection of animals.

Now that Connecticut’s legislators have passed HB 6329, An Act Concerning Dissection Choice, it’s up to Governor Malloy to sign it into law.

Connecticut residents, please contact The Honorable Dannel P. Malloy and let him know you want Connecticut students to have the freedom to express their compassion for animals.

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Animal Abuse Registries

Implementing animal abuser registries could prevent further cruelties to both people and animals.

Implementing animal abuser registries could prevent further cruelties to both people and animals.

Several states have legislation pending that would create animal abuser registries similar to child abuser and sex offender registries. An animal abuser registry would list individuals convicted of felony animal abuse or who committed certain violent offenses against animals.

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. Since animal abuse is often an early sign of potential human abuse, tracking animal abusers would help protect not only the animals of a community but also the people. Therefore, creating and maintaining a registry of individuals convicted of felony animal cruelty can be an asset in identifying potential criminal behavior.

Many studies in psychology, sociology, and criminology have demonstrated that violent offenders frequently have childhood and adolescent histories of serious and repeated animal cruelty. Additionally, mental health professionals and top law enforcement officials consider the blatant disregard for life and suffering evidenced by all forms of cruelty to animals to be an unquestionable warning sign. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association identifies cruelty to animals as one of the diagnostic criteria for conduct disorders; and the FBI uses reports of animal cruelty in analyzing the threat potential of suspected and known criminals.

In addition, such registries could be valuable in tracking people who engage in illegal animal fighting, such as cockfighting and dog fighting; hoarders; and those who run puppy mills.

The following states have legislation pending:

Arizona SB 1161
ConnecticutHB 5205
New YorkS2305A
Hawaii SB 0528
OregonHB 2394
PennsylvaniaHB 0265 and SB 0320
South CarolinaHB 3045
VermontS 0009
VirginiaHB 2242

NHES urges the citizens of these states to contact their legislators and encourage them to support a felony animal abuser registry in their state.

Related Posts:
Animal Abuser Registries, June 2012
Animal Abuser Registries, Feb 2012
Animal Abuser Registries, Jan 2011

Connection Between Child Abuse and Animal Cruelty

Paws Up!
To the Connecticut House of Representatives for passing a bill that requires the reporting of cases of animal cruelty by both animal control officers and employees at the state Department of Children and Families.

According to a news report, HB 6226 will require “local animal control officers and employees at the state Department of Children and Families to report cases of animal cruelty to the state agriculture department. The agriculture

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commissioner would then be required to issue a monthly report to the DCF commissioner, who would determine whether anyone suspected of animal cruelty is also simultaneously on the list of families at DCF.”

Recognizing the connection between animal cruelty and child abuse is critical in protecting innocent lives. Making sure agencies are working in concert whenever there is suspicion of either animal abuse or child/elderly abuse is critical to stopping the cycle of violence that often goes unreported.

Take Action: Connecticut residents, thank your representatives for passing this legislation. Residents of other states, please let your legislators know you want to see more legislation that protects both children and animals as there is a connection between the abuse of one and the abuse of the other.

Source:
blogs.courant.com/
cga.ct.gov/

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Animal Abuser Registries

Paws Up!
To several states where bills have been introduced to create animal abuser registries.

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.

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