Animal abuse offenders in Westchester County, N.Y. will soon have their cruel misdeeds made public thanks to a unanimous vote by the Westchester County Board of Legislators.
According to Tuesday's Westchester News, new legislation will not only mandate that convicted animal abusers be listed in a public database of animal abuse offenders, but those offenders will also be prohibited from owning, adopting or otherwise possessing (or exercising control over) any animals.
The county legislators made their unanimous decision based upon known ties between animal cruelty and domestic abuse, citing testimony from Roxanne Beecher, Co-Chair of the Animal Law Committee of the Westchester County Bar Association, who stated that:
71% of abused or battered women report that their abuser has hurt or killed animals, 32% of battered women with children report that their children have hurt or killed animals, and 25-48% of battered women report delaying leaving their abuser for fear of their animal being abused.
that 40% of battered women report that they are forced to perform sexual acts with animals, 48% of rapists have committed acts of animal cruelty as adolescents, 30% of child molesters have committed acts of animal abuse, and 15% of active rapists also rape animals.
Supporters of the new legislation are hopeful that the public registry will help protect not only animals, but children. The registry should help to ensure that children in foster care are not placed into homes with known animal abusers.
Read more about this important legislation here.
Way to go New York! We are at least making some progress here.
wish it were mandatory all over the world
One of the uses of the Registry should be to follow up on these people and make sure they do not have pets in their home of any kind as past behavior is the a predictor of future behavior. Also, punishments for abuse should be stronger and strictly enforced.
Very important legislation!!! Thank you June.