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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!
lied_ohne_worte Re: tw talk of sex offenders 26th-Jun-2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
To be honest, I wouldn't want that sort of thing here. 1) I too have read that in the US people can get into that register for the strangest things, some of them related to any nudity being evil, and 2) I don't really see what benefit I would have in knowing there is a convicted sex offender near me. It's not as if I could do anything about it (although there would probably be people who would, which opens a whole other can of problems), so it would mainly result in making me paranoid.
the_physicist Re: tw talk of sex offenders 26th-Jun-2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
1) i don't see why one country being stupid with a system is a reason to be against a system. 2) i feel i would want to know so i could at the very least scowl at them in the street. it is too easy to have your crimes be forgotten and lost in anonymity and crimes like that should carry the penalty of being socially ostracised. i want to socially ostracise those people and i certainly want to know before dating them, i mean, so i can avoid dating them.
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