Expose Animal Abusers /
Animal Legal Defense Fund
Sign on to demand that your state require animal abusers to
register in their communities.
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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Communities have good reason to be concerned about the
whereabouts of animal abusers. In story after heartbreaking
story, abusers repeat their violent crimes against helpless
animals, and often go on to victimize people as well. Keep your
animals and your families safe.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund drafted and added an "Offender
Registration and Community Notification" section to ALDF’s model
laws collection in 2001. It was based on the statutory
equivalents dubbed "Megan's Laws" that deal with sex offenders
that many, if not most, states have adopted. Colorado was the
first state to follow this model concept and to introduce
legislation to accomplish this goal with respect to animal
abusers in 2002.
Championed by former Representative Peter Lewiss, Rhode
Island introduced ALDF’s model legislation in 2003, 2004, 2005
and 2007. A similar proposal passed the Tennessee Senate in
2008. It was reintroduced in Tennessee in 2009 by Senator Doug
Jackson and Representative Janis Sontany and is still pending.
In addition to pushes for this specific kind of legislation,
some states already treat their sexual assault of animals crimes
as sex offenses and make these offenders register on their
existing sexual offender registries.
In February 2010, after close work with ALDF, California
Senator Dean Florez announced that he would be sponsoring abuser
registry legislation in that state.
The time is ripe for states to enact legislation requiring
offender registration and community notification.
Senator Dean Florez, 16th District, California:
“We operate shelters in the hopes of giving abandoned pets a
second chance at a loving home, not subjecting them to lives of
continued abuse and neglect. A registry of abusers would help
ensure animals are not being adopted out to convicted abusers,
end the cycle of abuse and increase the likelihood of finding
these pets the forever home they deserve.”
Representative Janis Sontany, 53rd District, Tennessee:
"There are so many things that need to be changed about how
animals are viewed and treated by some people, the issues just
keep coming up. Last year we were able to pass our Commercial
Breeder Act of 2009 regrettably because there were so many puppy
mills found in our state.
The need for an Animal Abuser Registry is so very much needed
not only to protect animals but to protect our citizens.
Everyone should know if there is an animal abuser in their
community not only to protect our animals, but to also protect
our children. It is a proven fact that many serial killers
started out abusing animals. Also, it is important to know if
there is someone in your neighborhood that fights animals not
only to protect their animals but also to protect our children
because at any animal fight, you will find drugs, gambling and
regrettably often children are present."
Thank you for everything you do for animals!