State laws are often the precedent needed for federal legislation to follow suit. With that being the case, it’s only a matter of time that “animal registries for abuse” can become the law of the land. And it’s about time. Since this is a bi-partisan issue, our current fractured government will finally have something to reach consensus from both sides of the aisle.
Sex Offenders, the catalyst . . .
A sex offender registry is a regulatory system in the U.S. that allows government authorities to track the activities of sex offenders, including those who have completed their criminal sentences.
Sex offender registries consist of federal and state level systems designed to collect information of convicted sex offenders for law enforcement and public notification purposes. All 50 states and District of Columbia maintain registries that are open to the public via sex offender registration websites.
Animal Registries follow . . .
Several United States jurisdictions have implemented an animal offenders registry, which will publicly reveal the names of known animal abusers in the area, similar to how sex offenders were registered.
Currently, Tennessee is the only state to have an animal offenders registry, but other communities like Suffolk County in New York and Cook County, Illinois now have them at a local level.
Terms & Conditions
The Tennessee registry is monitored by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and is accessed at any local country office. Each abuser has their name, date of birth, offense, conviction date, and expiration date.
First time animal abusers are registered for two years. An additional 5 years is added for every subsequent offense after the two years.
Suffolk County, located on the eastern end of Long Island, was the first in the country to develop this type of registry.
"We know there is a very strong correlation between animal abuse and domestic violence," said Suffolk County legislator Jon Cooper, the bill's sponsor. "Almost every serial killer starts out by torturing animals, so in a strange sense we could end up protecting the lives of people."
Convicted abusers will be fined $50. All abusers 18 or older must supply a recent photo as well as any aliases they known to us. If an offender fails to register, they’ll face a year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.
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Primary Source: Sex Offender Registry