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New York senate passes first step to create animal-abuser registry bill

9:03 am - 06/26/2013
A first of its kind, the New York senate just passed a bill that not only will require convicted animal abusers to register as such in New York (just like registered sex offenders), but also will require them to undergo psychiatric evaluation. As many are aware, animal abuse/torture is a gateway behavior to human abuse/murder.

The bill was inspired by Buster's Law, a case about a cat named Buster that was set on fire after being soaked in gasoline. The landmark case made animal cruelty in the state a felony offense.

New York Senator Greg Ball (R-Patterson) said that animal abusers are the worst kinds of people in our society whose behavior towards animals is a measuring stick by which to expect how they would treat people. Further, he shared that such violence cannot and will not be tolerated.

Three cheers for this guy!

The proposed registry will be accessible by the public in order that those involved in selling pets or hosting animal adoptions can look up names of potential pet parents to see if their names appear on the list.

The first step in the process is complete. Now the bill must go before the state's assembly for a vote. The bill's representative in assembly will be Rep. Jim Tedisco (R-Glenville).

The success of such a law will be a shining example for the other 49 states that will hopefully follow suit. Cross fingers and toes for the animal abuse registry.

source here

[personally, as someone who works for a rescue, i like this idea. what do the rest of you think?]

ETA: hey mods, could we get a TW for animal abuse tag, please? i added it to my cut line but it would be a good tag too. thx!
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tigerdreams 26th-Jun-2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the warning in the cut-line! *thumbs-up*

Yeah... I don't see a downside to this. Especially if it will mean that the person convicted will be barred from future pet ownership (which, I don't know if is already a thing or not? It should be).
darth_eldritch 26th-Jun-2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes, yes,

It's overdue. It's no secret that animal abuse is tied in with violence and other forms of abuse.
kindergrinder 26th-Jun-2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
This is something that should've been in place a long time ago. Here's to hoping that it passes, and the rest of the states consider a similar bill.

Edited at 2013-06-26 04:25 pm (UTC)
the_physicist 26th-Jun-2013 04:36 pm (UTC)
well fuck me... through this article (and subsequent quick google search) I found out that in the USA you can search for sex offenders online, that everyone can see the registry.


they need that here.

So yeah, great idea for animals, but in other countries they first need to do this for sex offenders!
aviv_b 26th-Jun-2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
I'm really surprised by this. I can look at sex offenders in my precinct here in Chicago - it's pretty chilling.
aviv_b 26th-Jun-2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
Another animal shelter volunteer here. So long overdue.

Too bad it won't include companies who do factory farming and treat animals horribly. (And aren't corporations people too?)
thistlerose 26th-Jun-2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
I have no problem with this.
kittenmommy 1st-Jul-2013 04:26 am (UTC)

nerwende 26th-Jun-2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
Not my country but this gets a hell yes from me.
mastadge 26th-Jun-2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
Long overdue, I think.

I am a little unnerved that we really need to discussion of animal abuse being a gateway to human abuse. In my mind, animal abuse is sufficiently evil all by itself, regardless of whether abusive people go on to be abusive to other people as well.
tigerdreams 26th-Jun-2013 05:57 pm (UTC)
Agreed. The intentional and gratuitous infliction of pain and suffering on any being capable of feeling it is a moral outrage in itself.
evilnel 26th-Jun-2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
Hell yes.
tabaqui 26th-Jun-2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
This is a good thing.
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kittenmommy 1st-Jul-2013 04:28 am (UTC)

It's only a matter of time before she escalates. And then, it'll be "OMG SHE WAS SO NICE NO ONE EVER SAW IT COMING!!!!".

I'm so, so, sorry about your poor kitty. *hugs*
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moonshaz 26th-Jun-2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
This sounds like a great idea to me!
checkerdandy 27th-Jun-2013 12:40 am (UTC)
Would never pass in Idaho. Our animal cruelty laws are toothless, because of agriculture.
angelofdeath275 27th-Jun-2013 02:38 am (UTC)
wish it couldve been done sooner
romp 27th-Jun-2013 05:27 am (UTC)
another voice saying this is overdue--Canada needs something, anything, to beef up animal laws.
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