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Animal Abuser Registry
The state of California is considering it

What if there was a public registry of animal abusers just like sex offenders? State Sen. Dean Florez (D-Shafter) of California wants to create the nation's first statewide registry in hopes of preventing future crimes against animals. Written with the input of the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF)--which has campaigned for animal abuser registries in all 50 states--the bill would require a convicted animal abuser to register with the police and submit his address, place of employment and a current photo for an online registry. The specific crime would also be mentioned. Do you think a registry would help deter animal abuse in your community? If so, sign the Expose Animal Abusers petition and it will be forwarded to your state representatives.


Julia Kamysz Lane, owner of Spot On K9 Sports and contributing editor at The Bark, is the author of multiple New Orleans travel guides, including Frommer’s New Orleans Day by Day (3rd Edition). Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.


Thumbnail image: iStockphoto. Video courtesy Animal Legal Defense Fund.

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Submitted by Debbie | February 25 2010 |

Great idea. Too long in the making.

Submitted by Debbie | February 25 2010 |

Please sign Expose Animal Abusers petition!

Submitted by SaraG | February 25 2010 |

This is a fantastic idea. I'm thinking it will also help shelters avoid letting repeat offenders adopt cats and dogs.

Submitted by Jane | February 26 2010 |

I'd love for someone who is opposed to this to weigh in and tell us why. I think it sounds like great idea, but like most things there may be an opposing viewpoint with some valid arguments. Right now I don't know enough about this, and since I'm in California I want to know more.

Submitted by Lynn | March 8 2010 |

Wish there was some way to post photos & the address of pets in need of help. We have a neighbor that leaves one dog tied to a tree 24-7. This isn't such a bad case that the local humane society will do anything but it is sad. There are many more difficult situations that there does not seem to be enough rescources to take care of. Public awareness might help.

Submitted by Julia Kamysz Lane | March 8 2010 |

Lynn, you can find help for this tethered dog through www.dogsdeservebetter.com. Thanks for caring about this dog!

Submitted by greekgata | May 3 2010 |

Does anyone know if any of these animals survived?

Submitted by Sally Jay | May 3 2010 |

Abuse on animals should not be treated any different than abuse on humans, it's probably worse as animals are defenceless, it is a criminal offence and I totally agree that a registry should be available to track these monsters down.

Submitted by Connie K | May 31 2010 |

This is excellent. Maybe a beginning to end cruelty to the innocents. Especially if they know they are going to be known and seen by the public.

Submitted by Anonymous | June 1 2010 |

YES, YES, YES! We need to do all we can to help prevent these awful things from happening to animals. I would want to know if any of my neighbors had done something like this. If anything it will make pet owners more vigilant with their pets.

Submitted by Anonymous | September 21 2010 |

OH MY.....absolutely YES....we need to register these kinds of people. They go from animals to humans...they go from hitting to killing...from beating to killing...so on so on...I can not even
type anymore about the terrible abuse that is done to so many animals. I get physically ill. There is NO reason we shouldn't make
these horrible people register so others know what kind of person they may living next to or go on a date with....Besides, these people are definetly are sick people. When will we realize how much
animals do for us??? They go to nursing homes and hospitals to visit the patients and make them feel better. It is proven ---it works....
They become companions and aides to blind people, people in wheelchairs, they open doors, refrigerators, bring you the phone or dial 911 themselves, and much much more. They can detect cancer, know when someone is about to have a seizure, hear storms before they come, alert you to fires before they start, and so on and so on.
I would write so much more but I think you get the picture and hope
you understand how very important animals are and the very important
role they play in all of our lives. They hold no attitudes, they are loving, loyal, they can keep secrets and never tell lies. their love is unconditional, they don't care what color you are or how much money you have. They don't even care if you have a job....Please, lets do what is necessary to protect these precious species..animals..from all the hate and abuse in our surroundings...

Submitted by Anonymous | April 14 2011 |

yes there should be most definetly. would u leave your child at a well known sex offenders house?...well, its just like that, these animal abusers need to be registered like sex offenders, because u want to be an informed animal owner just like an informed parent., both child and animal are living, breathing creatures of god...why would you even have to ask...just follow your heart..."animals have one too"...thankyou, jacqueline

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