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Animal abusers: Should they be listed in a public registry?

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 at 7:16 am in Abuse, Animal Cruelty, Animal fighting.


There’s a move afoot by the Animal Legal Defense Fund in Cotati, CA, to get states to set up public registries of anyone convicted of felony animal abuse.

California Senate Majority leader Dean Florez is sponsoring a bill to create a database of people convicted of felony animal abuse, to be posted online so the public can monitor them much as we presently do sex offenders.

In a news release I just received, the ALDF claims animal abuse is frequently connected to domestic violence and serial killers. “Such registries would help protect animals, pet guardians and communities by preventing repeat offenses from anyone with an established history of abusing animals.”


As you might suspect, this has created a load of controversy, both pro and con. How about you? Do you think such legislation is a good thing, or a bad thing? Why? /Gary

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One Response to “Animal abusers: Should they be listed in a public registry?”

  1. Barbara Says:

    Bless Senator Florez for his good intentions, but, at this point, he is trying to cut the trail by granting public access.

    I think that the immediate concentration should be upon upping the ante (depending upon what occurred, or past infractions) from misdemeanor to felony charges.

    Too much animal abuse is simply categorized as misdemeanor. THAT is what our legislators have to be concentrating upon.

    A database of felony charges? Yes. But limit the access to law enforcement and specific agencies (animal control, CPS).

    Granted this would encourage people to read classified ads. Those advertising pups or kittens probably didn’t plan the litter, and want some money — only. They would be the last to be reviewing databases prior to receiving money. Go after them once precedence has been established.

    Unfortunately, the procedure has to be taken one step at a time.

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