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

Medical Schools Save Animal Lives

Cats and other animals are often used to practice medical procedures.

The Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Virginia School of Medicine have announced they will end the use of laboratory animals in training medical students. With the advent of sophisticated technology, no student preparing for a career in human medicine ought ever to be training on live nonhuman animals.

However, there are still five schools in the United States that use laboratory animals to train medical students.

Send notes of thanks to the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Virginia School of Medicine thanking them for joining with the majority of medical schools in disbanding the use of laboratory animals in training medical students.

Take a moment too to write to the five schools where laboratory animals are still being used.

Schools Not Using Laboratory Animals
John R. Raymond, Sr., MD
President and CEO
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Steven T. DeKosky, M.D.,
Vice President and Dean of the School of Medicine
University of Virginia School of Medicine
PO Box 800793
Charlottesville, VA 22908

Schools Using Laboratory Animals
Edward D. Miller, M.D.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
733 North Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
Tele. No.: 410-955-3180

Larry Laughlin, M.D., Ph.D., Dean
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tele. No.: 301-295-3016

James E. Keeton, M.D.
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine
University of Mississippi Medical Center
2500 North State St.
Jackson, MS 39216

Mark A. Richardson, M.D., M.Sc.B., M.B.A.
Dean, OHSU School of Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
Office of the Dean, Mail Code: L102
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239
Tele. No.: 503-494-8220

Steve Schwab, M.D.
Executive Dean
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine (Chattanooga campus only)
920 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
Tele. No.: 901-448-5529

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Plover Protected

Paws Up!
To the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for increasing the protected habitat of the western snowy plover.

According to a recent news article, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “designated 38 square miles along the West Coast as critical habitat for a federally listed beach- and mud-loving bird called the Pacific Coast western snowy plover.

As with all endangered species, these efforts aren’t just about saving the snowy plover. Because species are intertwined in the food web, saving even the smallest of animals makes a huge impact on all wildlife.

“The designation more than doubles the amount of habitat set aside for the threatened pocket-size birds in California, Oregon and Washington.”

Whenever we can protect threatened and endangered species and their habitat, we can save them from the brink of extinction. By our actions today, we can keep a part of our natural world intact for future generations.

Take Action: Thank the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for taking action to save the western snowy plover.

Rowan W. Gould, Acting Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240

Fisheries Service Approves Killing Sea Lions

Paws Down!
To the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Fisheries Service for approving the killing of sea lions in the Columbia River.

According to a news source, NOAA’s Fisheries Service has “approved killing the sea lions, which travel up the Columbia River to eat salmon trying to pass the dam on their way to spawn.”

According to the article, “California sea lions are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, but NOAA said the population of about 238,000 is ‘healthy and stable.’”

Photo by lowjumpingfrog

Once humans alter the balance of prey/predator species, we create situations where there are too many of one and not enough of the other. So, then, we decide to correct the balance by, as in this case, killing off a predator. But then what if the salmon don’t return in sufficient numbers? Have we killed sea lions for no purpose? Playing with Mother Nature leads us into some unimaginable scenarios.

Other variables, such as the hydraulic damns, themselves, and the introduction of nonnative species of fish, i.e. bass and walleye, may be contributing to the salmon’s decline; yet it is the sea lion who is being singled out and who will suffer greatly.

Take Action: Write a polite letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service requesting a reevaluation of the plan to kill sea lions.

Eric C. Schwaab
Assistant Administrator for Fisheries
NOAA Fisheries Service
Partnerships & Communications
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910


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Domestic Violence Affects Pets, Too

Domestic violence affects everyone living in the home with the abuser, including companion animals. The Oregon State legislature has before it a bill, SB 616, that would give judges the clear ability to include pets under domestic violence restraining orders. Too often the abused person fears not just for his or her life but the life of children and animals. That fear can keep the abused from leaving the abuser, placing all in the home in continued danger. Sixteen states have laws protecting animals in domestic violence situations.Oregon can make it seventeen.

Oregon residents, please contact your representatives and urge them to support SB 616, which passed the Senate and is now in the House Judiciary committee.

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When you think about it…should we inflict human health problems on monkeys?

We are bombarded daily with commercials about healthy eating, quick weight loss programs and products, and the dire consequences of being obese. We’re told we are the fattest society ever. Television shows chronicle the weight loss of the morbidly obese on their quest for healthier bodies. So, why would scientists at the Oregon National Primate Research Center and other research facilities fatten up monkeys to study obesity and diabetes in humans when the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) clearly states that eating too much and not exercising enough is a cause of obesity? Do we need to torment living, breathing, sentient beings to learn that the reverse, eating less and exercising more, will cause humans to lose weight and correct many of the health problems related to obesity, including diabetes?

The monkeys at the research center are forced to gain weight unlike most of us who do so willingly. They are caged for months, thereby limiting their exercise. They are fed high calorie chunks of peanut butter, fruit-flavored punch drinks with high fructose corn syrup, the equivalent of one can of soda a day (By the way, according to the National Soft Drink Association consumption of soft drinks is now over 600 12-ounce servings per person per year.), along with as much dried chow pellets (one third fat) to mimic the typical American diet. In other words, they eat too much. Monkeys in some studies are eventually killed to study their brains and pancreases.

When you think about it, do we really need to fatten monkeys to study obesity in humans when we have an epidemic of obese people in our nation, many of whom have diabetes? Do we need to kill living beings when the CDC has already defined obesity and how it occurs? Why do we have to destroy the lives of monkeys when we already know what is destroying ours?

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