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

Push for the Ban of Gas Chambers in Texas and Hawaii

Thousands of animals are inhumanely euthanized each year by use of gas chambers.

Thousands of animals are inhumanely euthanized each year by use of gas chambers.

While no one wants to see companion animals euthanized, we are all aware that shelters across this nation engage in euthanizing not only sick, disabled, and dangerous animals, but also healthy, adoptable ones. As the last act of compassion for all these lives, we should be as gentle and caring as possible. Euthanasia by sodium pentobarbital or a derivative should be the sole means of euthanizing shelter animals. However, some states still use gas chambers to euthanize animals.

Sometimes a dozen or more animals are placed in a gas chamber. Gassing often can take 30 minutes or more during which time the animals are all terrified and some panic to the point of attacking the other animals in the chamber. This is no way to euthanize an animal who, through no fault of his or her own, became a casualty of the pet overpopulation problem in this country.

Two states, Hawaii and Texas, have legislation pending, HCR 34 and SB 360 , respectively, that would require the use of sodium pentobarbital or a derivative and prohibit the use of compression or gas chambers or other means that do not immediately euthanize the animal.

Hawaii and Texas residents, contact your legislators and urge them to support legislation that will save many animals from terrible suffering. Residents of other states where gas chambers are used, contact your legislators and urge them to support humane euthanasia at animal shelters.

Protect Hawai’i’s Coral Reefs

Colorful tropical fish, like this yellow tang, are often taken from Hawai'i's coral reefs.

Colorful tropical fish, like this yellow tang, are often taken from Hawai’i’s coral reefs.

One of Hawai’i’s most treasured natural resources is its coral reefs, home to colorful species of fish and coral. However, the multi-million dollar exotic fish collection industry is taking thousands of these creatures from Hawai’i each year. The Hawaiian government needs to follow its own mandates for environmental review before issuing permits to those who want to harvest the beauty that is Hawai’i’s coral reef colonies.

Urge the governor and the head of the Department of Land and Natural Resources to protect Hawai’i’s natural resources before those resources are gone for good.

The Honorable Neil Abercrombie
Executive Chambers, State Capitol
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tele. No.: 808-586-0034
Fax: 808-586-0006

William J. Aila Jr., Chairperson
Department of Land and Natural Resources
Kalanimoku Building
1151 Punchbowl St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tele. No: 808-587-0400

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Bears Need Protection

Bears used for bile farming suffer from painful wounds in tiny cages.

Hawaii is one of only a few states where the commercial trade of bear bile and bear products is unrestricted. However, the state legislature has before it two bills (HB 2296 and SB 2232) that would “prohibit the purchase, sale, transportation, and delivery of any product, item, or substance containing, labeled, or advertised as containing bear gallbladders or bile.”

To obtain bear bile, bears are locked in cages the size of their own bodies and their bile is drained through a painful procedure. It is sold for use in traditional Asian medicine. Some bears are kept caged for up to 25 years. Bear bile farmers often mutilate the bears by breaking their teeth and pulling out their claws, so the farmers won’t be harmed when approaching the bear cages. In addition, some farmers amputate one or two paws from live bears to sell to restaurants.

Bears show their distress and suffering by banging their heads against the cage bars, gnawing on the bars, and at times tearing the flesh from their paws and arms. The sores bleed, resulting in serious infection. Bears are usually milked twice a day, before feeding, when more bile is produced. They moan and writhe in pain and clutch their stomachs as the bile drains from their bodies. Sometimes the bears try to pull out the catheters. Those who do are immobilized in an iron corset.

Hawaii residents, contact your legislators and urge them to pass this important legislation. Ask that they be among other state legislators who believe such practices are inhumane.

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Update on Hawaii Puppy Mill Case

Puppy mills focus on the bottom line, not the health and welfare of the animals they breed.


According to a news story, “Judge David Lo … sentenced Bradley International to reimburse the Hawaiian Humane Society nearly $371,000 for the care of the animals and he fined the company the maximum $306,000. However he did not issue jail time. And he did not ban any of the company’s officers from owning an animal related business.”

No one is likely to see a dime as the corporation was the one charged, and it has been dissolved; the individual officers of the corporation were not charged.

Read our initial post on this issue.

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Puppies Need Protection in Hawaii

Recent events regarding puppy mill issues in Honolulu require action by residents of the state. In June 2010, a “no contest” plea by Bradley International, owners of the Waimanalo, Hawaii, puppy mill, has made way for sentencing set for February 15. Each count carries punishment of up to $2,000 and a year in jail. Hawaii residents, contact the prosecuting attorney to thank him for his work and suggest he ask for the stiffest sentence allowed. Also, contact the judge and recommend he sentence the defendant to the stiffest sentence allowed. According to a news report, “The Hawaiian Humane Society said…the cost to care for the confiscated animals had already exceeded $240,000.”

Another action Hawaiian residents can take to protect puppies in puppy mills is to contact your state legislators and urge them to support HB 1621. Large scale breeding operations, often known as puppy mills, focus on the bottom line and not on the health and welfare of the animals they are breeding. Therefore, many of the following conditions prevail in these commercial operations:

  • The animals may live in wire cages where their paws become attached to the wire.
  • They often have little protection from all types of weather.
  • These cages are often stacked one on top of another, allowing urine and feces from the upper cages to drop down onto the animals in the lower cages.
  • The longer the animals live in these cages, the more likely they will develop psychological behaviors known as stereotypies, such as obsessive licking and chewing to the point of tearing their skin.
  • Many animals live their entire lives in these cages, never seeing the sun or touching the ground. Needless to say, they get no exercise.
  • The animals are bred over and over again until they are no longer capable of reproducing and then they are often euthanized—sometimes with a bullet through the head—or sent off to research laboratories.

Legislation such as HB 1621 is needed to protect these animals from such harm.

Contact about the Bradley International animal cruelty case:

Keith Kaneshiro, Prosecuting Attorney
City & County of Honolulu
1060 Richards Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tele. No.: 808-768-7400

The Honorable Glenn Kim
Circuit Court
Ka`ahumanu Hale
777 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Contact about HB 1621, Dog Breeder Regulation Act:

The Honorable Brickwood Galuteria
Majority Leader
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 221
415 South Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tele. No.: 808-586-6740

The Honorable Sam Slom,
Minority Leader
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 214
415 South Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tele. No.: 808-586-8420

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Farmed Animal Welfare Becoming Mainstream

Paws Up!

To two supermarket chains in Hawaii for agreeing to no longer purchase pork products from pigs sent by live transport from the mainland.

According to a news report, “Two supermarket chains in Hawaii – Foodland Super Markets, Ltd. And Times Supermarkets – have agreed to no longer purchase pork products from pigs transported live from the mainland U.S. to Hawaii for slaughter, citing animal welfare reasons for their change.”

Photo by John Morris/Flickr

The inherent stress on these animals shipped across seas is inestimable. They are forced to endure cramped, overcrowded, and unsanitary conditions; and many animals suffer stress-related illnesses along with horrific injuries and diseases. Many die in the process of the transport.

NHES, of course, promotes a vegan/vegetarian diet in order to reduce the amount of animal suffering on factory farms and in slaughterhouses.

Take Action: Hawaii residents, thank the owners of these markets for their awareness that farmed animals suffer when transported across the seas. In addition, let them know that you want to see more plant-based products on their shelves.

Janai Wall, Chairman and CEO
Foodland Super Markets, Ltd.
3536 Harding Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816

Bob Stout, President
Times Super Market
3375 Koapaka Street # D108
Honolulu, HI 96819-1865

Source: The Business Journals


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