This is an exciting time to be an animal advocate, as a bill creating the first government-sanctioned public animal abuse registry in the country gets ready to be voted into law in Suffolk County, New York.
This type of legislation had been attempted on a state level earlier in the year by several states, however it was not successful.
Similar to Megan's Law for sex offenders, this legislation would require individuals convicted of animal abuse crimes in Suffolk County to register with the public database or potentially face fines and/or jail time.
We at Pet-Abuse.Com wholeheartedly support these efforts, and applaud the legislators, advocacy groups and individuals who have worked so hard to get them this far. We were founded on the belief that such registries are vital to the safety and welfare of animals and humans alike, and it has been exciting to see such progressive movement in this direction over the past year, even if only one was successful. One is more than we had last year, and it only takes one to set a precedent.
However, as we watch the momentum behind legislation for registries continue to build, we become increasingly concerned that what seems like a step forward might actually be a step backwards if enough effort in the planning and technical execution of these registries are not considered.
Now is the time to create standards and specifications that will benefit all regions attempting to pass similar legislation in the future. This is an amazing opportunity, but we need your help.
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Thanks Betty, mailed my senators and reps about following Suffolk County's example. Also posted to FB and Twitter.
This should be implemented nationwide!
Thanks for posting Betty.
Thanks...have sent emails